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Apr 15, 2014

For east Ukraine, Kremlin adapts Crimea playbook

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – There are important differences between Russia’s intervention in Crimea and the events unfolding this week in eastern Ukraine which suggest Moscow has adapted its Crimea playbook and may be pursuing a different outcome.

Unlike the Black Sea peninsula, where thousands of Russian troops were already based at ex-Soviet naval facilities leased from Ukraine, there is little clear evidence of Moscow deploying significant forces on the ground in the east of the country.

Apr 15, 2014

Ukraine launches “gradual” operation, action limited

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces launched a “special operation” on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

Soldiers disembarked from two helicopters at an airfield at Kramatorsk, where reporters earlier heard gunfire that seemed to prevent an air force plane from landing. The troops withdrew into barracks after local civilians manning a barricade gave them a hostile reception when they tried to leave the compound.

Apr 15, 2014

Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war

KIEV/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses however saw no signs yet that Kiev forces were about to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that the rebels have occupied.

Apr 15, 2014

Ukraine crackdown on pro-Moscow separatists gets off to slow start

KIEV/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists was underway, though the crackdown got off to a slow start, if at all.

Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses reported no signs yet that Kiev forces were ready to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that the rebels have occupied.

Apr 15, 2014

Ukraine crackdown on pro-Moscow separatists gets off to apparently slow start

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15 (Reuters) – Russia
declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev
said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow
separatists was underway, though the crackdown appeared to get
off to a slow start, if at all.

Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for
the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses reported no
signs yet that Kiev forces were ready to storm state buildings
in the Russian-speaking east that the rebels have occupied.

Apr 15, 2014

Separatists ignore ultimatum, tighten grip on east Ukraine

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 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.

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