Pentagon chief urges ‘immediate’ Ukraine cease-fire in first call with Russian counterpart since invasion

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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine Friday in talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, but their first call since the war began resolved no immediate issues, the Pentagon said.

Shoigu spoke with Austin at the Pentagon chief’s request for about an hour, their first direct discussion since Feb. 18, six days before Russia invaded Ukraine.

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