Ukrainian leaders launched national unity talks in Kyiv aimed at diffusing the biggest crisis the country has faced in its modern history.
Participants gathered on Wednesday, May 14 for talks on how to quell a pro-Russian rebellion in the east but Kyiv's refusal to let separatists take part cast doubt on whether the meeting could defuse the crisi in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, May 14, 2014.
Acting Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov (center) and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (left) take part in talks aimed at quelling a pro-Russian rebellion in the east, in Kyiv, May 14, 2014.
A worker at the state-owned printing house inspects a voting ballot for the May 25 snap presidential elections with 21 candidates taking part, in Kyiv, May 14, 2014.
Mykhaylo Okhendovsky, head of Ukraine's Central Election Commission, shows a long ballot with names of 21 presidential candidates, at a news conference, in Kyiv, May 14, 2014.