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Armed men, who are wearing black and orange ribbons of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine, stand guard in front of barricades outside the mayor's office in Slovyansk, April 18, 2014.

Multimedia Pro-Russian Gunmen Rebuff Ukraine Deal

Militant leader says his men are not bound by Thursday's Geneva agreement and will only stand down after Ukrainian government resigns More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left,  shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine, April 17, 2014.

Multimedia Russia, West Reach Agreement on Easing Ukraine Tensions

Kerry said the agreement includes disarming groups on the streets and for the provision of monitors to calm tensions More

FILE - US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (center) and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak inspect a military honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Warsaw, Jan. 30, 2014.

Pentagon to Send Assistance to Ukraine

US assistance is to be of the non-lethal variety More

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a live broadcast nationwide phone-in, in Moscow, Apr. 17, 2014.

Video Putin Reserves Right to Use Force in Ukraine

In annual televised phone-in, president also admitted for first time that Russian forces had been active in Crimea, insists camouflaged masked gunmen were members of self-defense forces More

Combat vehicles with a Russian flag on one of them and gunmen on top are parked in downtown of Slovyansk, Ukraine, April 16, 2014.

Kyiv: Russian Banks Fund Separatists

Ukrainian officials say they have evidence Moscow is funding pro-Russian separatists fomenting unrest in east and is asking West to sanction them More


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Kyiv: Russian Banks Fund Separatists

Ukrainian officials say they have evidence Moscow is funding pro-Russian separatists fomenting unrest in east and is asking West to sanction them
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Snowden Questions Putin on Surveillance

Exchange on live televised call-in show was first known direct contact between Russian president, former spy agency contractor since granting him asylum last summer
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Multimedia Russia, West Reach Agreement on Easing Ukraine Tensions

Kerry said the agreement includes disarming groups on the streets and for the provision of monitors to calm tensions
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US, EU Threaten Russia with More Sanctions Over Ukraine

Ahead of Geneva talks to discuss crisis, President Barack Obama says every time Moscow violates Ukraine's sovereignty ' there are going to be consequences'
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Video Putin Reserves Right to Use Force in Ukraine

In annual televised phone-in, president also admitted for first time that Russian forces had been active in Crimea, insists camouflaged masked gunmen were members of self-defense forces
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Video 3 Killed in Clash at Ukrainian Base

Officials say casualties were pro-Russian separatists and that they arrested 10 Russian citizens, all of whom have intelligence backgrounds
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UN Official: Situation in E.Ukraine Risks Destabilizing Entire Country

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović says that those with influence should immediately act
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Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.