Posted: May 17, 2014 7:12 AM
Updated: May 17, 2014 7:12 AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Ukraine's fledging government has wrapped up the second round of the European-brokered talks intended to resolve the country's worst crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Lawmakers and officials from the east on Saturday poured criticism on the government for ignoring the grievances of the regions, which have been overrun for pro-Russian protesters.
Separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions held hastily arranged referenda last weekend and declared independence following the vote that favored the region's sovereignty.
The round-table talks in the eastern city of Kharkiv did not feature any of the insurgents, whom Kiev describes as terrorists. The insurgents say they are willing only to discuss the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops and the recognition of their independence.