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Putin Makes First Visit to Ukraine Since Pro-West '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 Viktor Yushchenko earlier this year.

Saturday's meeting will be brief with President Yushchenko and President Putin conferring for only a few hours in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. No major agreements are expected.

The talks are 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 continue 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 AP and AFP.