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Apr 15, 2014

Separatists tighten grip on east Ukraine, Obama and Putin talk

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

U.S. President Barack Obama criticized Russia in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin later on Monday, saying Moscow’s actions in Ukraine were not conducive to a diplomatic solution.

Apr 14, 2014

Separatists tighten grip on east Ukraine, EU agrees more sanctions on Moscow

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow’s partisans essentially unopposed.

European foreign ministers agreed to widen sanctions against Moscow and the White House said Washington was seeking ways to impose more “costs” on Russia, for what Kiev and its Western friends call a Russian plot to dismember Ukraine.

Apr 14, 2014

Ukraine President threatens military operation as unrest grows

SLAVIANSK/KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president on Monday threatened military action after pro-Russian separatists occupying government buildings in the east ignored an ultimatum to leave and another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters in the troubled region.

Acting president Oleksander Turchinov also held out the possibility of a referendum on the future shape of the Ukrainian state, partly addressing demands made in the largely Russian-speaking east for more control over their local affairs.

Apr 14, 2014

Ukraine’s east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 14 (Reuters) – Towns in eastern
Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government
forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to
disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a
major “anti-terrorist” operation.

As the 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) deadline issued by authorities in
Kiev expired, a Reuters reporter in the flashpoint city of
Slaviansk, where armed men had seized two government buildings,
said there was no outward sign the rebels were complying with
the ultimatum.

Apr 14, 2014

Ukraine’s east braces for ‘full-scale’ anti-rebel operation

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 14 (Reuters) – Towns in eastern
Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government
forces after Kiev gave pro-Russian separatists a 9 a.m. (0600
GMT) deadline to disarm and end their occupation of state
buildings or face a major “anti-terrorist” operation.

As the deadline passed, a Reuters reporter in the flashpoint
city of Slaviansk, where armed men had seized two government
buildings, said there was no outward sign the rebels were
complying with the ultimatum.

Apr 14, 2014

Ukraine gives rebels deadline to disarm or face military operation

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, acting president Oleksander Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until 0600 GMT to lay down their weapons.

Apr 13, 2014

Ukraine sends forces to confront armed pro-Russian rebels

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s
government said on Sunday it was sending security forces into
the eastern city of Slaviansk where pro-Russian militants have
seized control in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by
the Kremlin.

Any operation to dislodge the armed militants risks tipping
the stand-off into a new, dangerous phase because Moscow has
warned it will act to protect eastern Ukraine’s Russian-speakers
if they come under attack.

Apr 12, 2014

Ukraine prepares armed response as city seized by pro-Russia forces

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an “act of aggression by Russia”.

Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk and set up barricades on the outskirts of the city. Official buildings in several neighboring towns were also attacked.

Apr 11, 2014

Ukraine PM offers more powers for regions to end eastern standoff

DONETSK/LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prime minister offered on Friday to boost local powers in the regions in an effort to undercut pro-Russia separatists who have occupied official buildings in Russian-speaking cities in eastern Europe.

But separatists still occupied the main regional offices in Donetsk, while in Luhansk armed rebels were refusing an offer of non-prosecution by the Kiev authorities in exchange for them laying down their weapons and quitting the regional offices of the state security service.

Apr 10, 2014

Pro-Russia separatists reject amnesty offer in Ukraine standoff

LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk rejected Kiev’s offer of amnesty for those who seized government buildings this week and called on others to defy the pro-European government in Kiev.

Protesters wearing bullet-proof vests and armed with Kalashnikov rifles, pistols and other guns inside the security building, a former KGB headquarters, said they would only lay down their weapons if Kiev agreed to hold a referendum on the future of the region.

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