Putin: Postpone referendum
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks during a meeting with Swiss Federal President Didier Burkhalter, left, in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP / Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin says a planned May 11 referendum on autonomy in southeast Ukraine should be postponed.
In a Wednesday meeting with Swiss president Didier Burkhalter, Putin also called on Ukraine's military to halt all operations against pro-Russia activists who have seized government buildings and police stations across at least a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine.
Putin also said the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine -- slated for May 25 -- are a move "in the right direction," but repeated that constitutional reforms would have to precede any nationwide vote in Ukraine.
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