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Putin Asks Rebels to Free Ukrainian Troops

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Moscow separatists to free Ukrainian soldiers that have been surrounded in eastern Ukraine. In a Kremlin statement Friday, Putin urged the insurgents to "open a humanitarian corridor" for the troops in order to avoid "senseless deaths." Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko told Russian media he is ready to comply with the request, but that the soldiers must first give up their weapons. For more than a week, rebels...

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