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Apr 22, 2014
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Apr 22, 2014

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

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(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.

Apr 20, 2014
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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
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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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