But Russia on Monday said that "certain progress" was reached on all issues discussed at Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin between the two countries' foreign ministers and their counterparts from Germany and France.
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Europe's stock markets mostly slid on Friday as news that Ukrainian artillery had destroyed part of a Russian military column spooked investors.
European stock markets have rebounded strongly at the start of trading, with Frankfurt's DAX 30 index surging 1. 41 per cent to 9,220. 99 points.
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