The war between Russia-backed separatists and Kiev's forces in eastern Ukraine, as well as the spectre of a war with North Korea will dominate this year’s Munich Security Conference, on February 16-18.

Both the U.S. special envoy for the conflict in Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and his Russian counterpart, Vladislav Surkov, last month offered guardedly optimistic assessments of their recent talks on a possible UN peacekeeping mission to end the fighting, which has killed more than 10,300 since April...

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