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Putin Hints at Rapprochement With Ukraine on Eve of Vote

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Oliver Stone interviews Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Oliver Stone interviews Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Photographer: Alexey Druzhnin/AFP via Getty Images

Virtually on the eve of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections, the Kremlin released comments by President Vladimir Putin, saying that the two countries will mend ties despite their five-year conflict.

Putin went as far as to say that Russians and Ukrainians are one people. “We have many things in common, we can use this as our competitive advantage during some form of integration,” Putin said, according to the transcript of a June 19 interview with American film director Oliver Stone. “Rapprochement is inevitable.”