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Putin Makes First Visit to Ukraine Since 'Orange Revolution'

Russian President Vladimir Putin is making his first visit to Ukraine since massive street protests led to an election that ushered in the pro-Western government of President Viktor Yushchenko earlier this year.

The two men are meeting in Kiev. Mr. Putin is also holding talks Saturday with Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the leader of parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn.

No major agreements are expected. However, the agenda is reported to include discussions on the prospects for agreements on energy, economic ties and gas transportation.

This is the second time the two leaders have met face-to-face. In January, Mr. Yushchenko traveled to Moscow the day after his inauguration to reaffirm Ukraine's desire to maintain close ties with its northern neighbor.

Mr. Yushchenko defeated a Moscow-backed candidate in December presidential elections after a previous runoff was declared invalid because of fraud.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.