• Ukraine in 'pivotal period' as deal stalls, US warns Russia

    Russia was under intense US pressure Saturday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to give up eastern towns they are occupying, after Washington said the situation in the former Soviet republic was in a "pivotal period". But with the separatists' refusal to budge throwing a deal to defuse the…

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    • US decries anti-Semitic leaflets in Ukraine

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday condemned as "grotesque" the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. U.S. officials also denounced other instances of religious intolerance that are…

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      • NATO to send ships to Baltic to bolster defence of E.European allies

        By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday. Separately, Canada said it had offered six…

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        • Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings

          DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

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          • Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

            MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian activists.

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            • 10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways

              Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:

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              • US senators support Moldova in EU bid

                CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Four U.S. senators visited Moldova Thursday to lend support to the former Soviet republic's move toward the European Union, while Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.

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                • Oil near $104 as traders weigh supplies, Ukraine

                  The price of oil remained near $104 a barrel Thursday as investors weighed the upheaval in Ukraine against a big increase in U.S. oil supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May ...

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                  • Nothing should impede normalisation of Russia-West relations: Putin

                    President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said nothing should impede the normalisation of relations between Russia and the West, after ties hit a post-Cold War low due to the standoff over Ukraine. His remark, which contrasted with weeks of hostile rhetoric on both sides, came after talks between…

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                    • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

                      WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

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                      • Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings

                        DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

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                        • British filmmaker opens Moscow show under Ukraine shadow

                          It was meant to be a highlight of a year-long British-Russian cultural exchange, but a huge multi-media exhibition by British filmmaker Peter Greenaway has failed to escape tensions over the Ukraine crisis. The event, which showcases the short-lived but powerful Russian Avant-Garde movement of the…

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                          • Ukraine disbands army unit after fiasco push into east

                            Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as Kiev's military reeled from a disastrous attempt to oust separatists in its eastern regions. "The 25th parachute brigade, members of which showed cowardice and gave up their weapons, will be…

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                            • East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in

                              By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine's rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday. A day after Ukraine and Russia…

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                              • 57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role

                                VIENNA (AP) — A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to try to help de-escalate Russian-Ukrainian tensions after the two nations agreed to work on reducing frictions sparked by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

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                                • Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

                                  GENEVA (AP) — High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation.

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                                  • New Russia sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

                                    By Thomas Grove and Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if…

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                                    • Text of joint statement on Ukraine

                                      GENEVA (AP) — Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:

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                                      • 57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

                                        VIENNA (AP) — A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground.

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                                        • Ukraine's leaders struggle to deal with mammoth challenges

                                          Faced with a pro-Russian uprising in the east, economic collapse and the demands of the protest movement that bought them to power, Ukraine's beleaguered leaders are struggling to stay afloat. Prior to his appointment as prime minister, following the ouster of Kremlin-backed president Viktor…

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