Russia to send envoy to Ukraine to mediate talks between gov't, opposition
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin will send an envoy to Ukraine, at the request of President Viktor Yanukovich, to try to mediate talks between the government and opposition, Russian news agencies quoted Putin's spokesman as saying on Thursday.


"Putin decided to send (Russian) human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin on this mission," state-run RIA quoted the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, as saying after a telephone conversation between Putin and Yanukovich. (Reuters)