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Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014

Surrender talks set with separatists in Ukraine as standoff lasts into Easter

DONETSK/KIEV, April 20 (Reuters) – A senior mediator from
Europe’s OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the
surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on
Sunday, although hopes for a rapid end to the crisis are
limited.

Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other
Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognise an accord in
Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev’s U.S. and
EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of
militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.

Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014

At Easter, Ukrainian church condemns Russian ‘aggression’

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

“Against our peace-loving nation, which voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons, there has been aggression, there has been injustice,” Patriarch Filaret said in his Easter message, as quoted by local media. “A country which guaranteed the integrity and inviolability of our territory has committed aggression.

Apr 19, 2014
Apr 19, 2014

Ukraine rabbi seeks end to anti-Semitism row – in vain

DONETSK/KIEV (Reuters) – A Ukrainian rabbi whose congregation was the target of an anti-Semitic leaflet that drew global media interest and condemnation from the U.S. government believes it was a hoax and wants to put the matter to rest.

But five days after the incident in the restive eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine’s prime minister, anxious to maintain U.S. support against Russia, issued a statement accusing Moscow and told a U.S. TV channel he would find the “bastards” responsible.

Apr 19, 2014

Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) – A mediator from Europe’s OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow.

Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognize an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev’s U.S. and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.

Apr 18, 2014
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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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