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Ukraine Liveblog Day 190
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President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko met today within the framework of a summit meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union, to which the European Union was invited.

A photo of the group showed Ukraine in the middle, turned West, away from the East.


A bilateral meeting between the two leaders was cancelled.

1021501986.jpg The Reuters photo drew a lot of comments not only because of Putin's expression but the expression of Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan.

The BBC set the scene in a story early today:

The meeting comes amid rising tension between the two countries over Ukraine's military campaign against pro-Russian separatists.

Ukraine said on Monday that its troops had captured 10 Russian servicemen in eastern Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly denied supporting the rebels.

More than 2,000 people have died in months of fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The two regions declared independence from Kiev following Russia's annexation of the southern Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March.

The US was not invited and stayed out of the talks.

The US sent 2,000 bullet-proof vests and some first-aid kits to the Ukrainian military in July.

The follow is a round-up of tweets which tell the story: