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Ukraine president calls for new anti-rebel offensive as crisis deal falters

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine’s acting president Oleksander Turchinov called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture.

Kiev’s first push failed last week to retake one of the towns in the mainly Russian-speaking east occupied by the separatists, and its military has largely suspended operations since the United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union signed a deal in Geneva last week intended to calm the crisis.

Apr 22, 2014

Crimea Tatars say leader banned by Russia from returning

KIEV (Reuters) – Crimea’s Tatar community assembly accused Russia on Tuesday of barring its leading political figure from returning to the peninsula following its annexation by Moscow.

However, Russian officials declined comment and it was unclear whether Moscow had taken issued the banning order.

Apr 21, 2014
via FaithWorld

At Easter, Kiev-based Ukrainian church condemns Russian ‘aggression’


(Ukrainian Orthodox priests conduct a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Mikhailovsky Cathedral in Kiev early April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

As Russians and Ukrainians celebrated Easter on Sunday with their nations locked in conflict, the head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate condemned Russian “aggression” and said “evil” would be defeated.

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