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Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slovyansk, April 24, 2014.

Multimedia Ukraine Forces Kill Up to 5 Separatists

In response, Russian forces reportedly begin drills in border region; Obama warns Moscow of new sanctions More

Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard near a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, April 23, 2014.

Ukraine Police Take Back Mariupol City Hall

Interior Minister Avakov gave no details about how the building was retaken, but reported no casualties More

First company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy march as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, Poland, April 23, 2014.

Multimedia US Airborne Lands in Eastern Europe as Ukraine Tensions Rise

Pentagon says exercises will last about a month, and will involve about 600 troops, with additional units set to deploy in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania More

Donetsk Residents Anxious for Return to Normal Life

Video Donetsk Residents Anxious for Return to Normal Life

Many residents are concerned Ukraine's decision to restart what it calls 'anti-terrorist operations' against separatists could draw entire region into military confrontation with Russia More

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in his office in Ankara, Turkey, April 23, 2014.

Erdogan Offers Unexpected Condolences for Armenian Killings

But Turkish prime minister stops short of calling a 'genocide' the killing of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers in World War I More


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Video Donetsk Residents Anxious for Return to Normal Life

Away from the two government buildings being held by pro-Russian separatists, normal life goes on in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. But as VOA's Brian Padden reports from Donetsk, many residents are concerned that Ukraine's decision to restart what it calls "anti-terrorist operations" against separatists could draw the entire region into a military confrontation with Russia.