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  • Pro-Russian activists applaud to a speaker at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday April 12, 2014. Protesters, who have held the administration building in Donetsk since Sunday, initially called for a referendum on secession but later reduced the demand to a vote on autonomy within Ukraine with the possibility of holding another later on whether to join Russia.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)

    Kiev government to deploy troops in Ukraine's east

    Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin.

  • Armed pro-Russian activist stands at a makeshift checkpoint at the entrance into the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Pro-Moscow protesters have seized a number of government buildings in the east over the past week, undermining the authority of the interim government in the capital, Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Armed men occupy Donetsk police station; 'Russian aggression' blamed for unrest

    Men in the uniforms of Ukraine's now-defunct riot police on Saturday occupied police headquarters in Donetsk, the eastern city that is one of the flashpoints of a wave of pro-Russia protests, hours after armed men seized local police headquarters and local branch of the Security Service in a nearby city.

  • Ukraine PM: Regions should have more powers

    Ukraine's prime minister went on a charm offensive Friday as he visited the country's southeast, pledging to give regions more powers and to defend the rights of Russian speakers.

  • ** FILE ** This Feb. 28, 2014, file-pool photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin during his working meetings at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti Presidential Press Service, Alexei Nikolsky, File-Pool)

    Putin threatens to make Ukraine pay ahead for gas

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin threatened Wednesday to start charging Ukraine in advance for vital gas supplies — a move that could sharply hurt his neighbor, which is already on the verge of bankruptcy.

  • President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin share a lukewarm greeting during the Group of 20 summit last year in Mexico. U.S. intelligence community sources say they have been keeping a close eye on the Russian government's attempt to retain power over the former Soviet states, including Ukraine. (Associated Press)

    LAMBRO: Putin's Ukraine provocation, Obama's inaction

    Moscow's orchestrated demonstrations in eastern Ukraine, with Russian troops massing near the border, is the latest provocation in Vladimir Putin's plans to seize more territory from a neighboring country.

  • Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine

    Ukraine's government struggled to stay in control of the country's eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said "radicals" were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city.

  • FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Feb.  20, 2014, Olesya Zhukovska, left, is helped after being shot in her neck by a sniper bullet, in Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine.  "I am dying", Olesya Zhukovska, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, wrote on Twitter, minutes after she got shot in the neck by a sniper's bullet as deadly clashes broke out in the center of the Ukrainian capital between protesters and police. The tweet, accompanied by a photo of her clutching her bleeding neck and being led away under fire, went viral, as social media users around the world presumed she had died and shared their grief and anger. Authorities in Ukraine said on Thursday that they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Sherbakov, File)

    Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot

    Ukraine's interim authorities on Thursday accused fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people, but they provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev that left more than 100 people dead.

  • Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych reacts during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Yanukovych says the annexation of Crimea was a tragedy and he would have done everything possible to prevent it, had he remained in power. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Viktor Yanukovych admits he was 'wrong' to have invited Russian troops to Crimea

    In his first interview since fleeing to Russia, Ukraine's ousted president said Wednesday that he was "wrong" to have invited Russian troops into Crimea and vowed to try to persuade Russia to return the coveted Black Sea peninsula.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2009 file photo, Ukrainian business tycoon Dmytro Firtash speaks in his office in Kiev, Ukraine. Firtash, one of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs and a major player in the sale of Russian natural gas to Ukraine allegedly spearheaded an international conspiracy to pay at least $18 million in bribes to mine titanium in India and sell it to a Chicago-based company, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, April 2, 2014, by U.S. prosecutors in Chicago. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)

    US details charges against Ukrainian oligarch

    One of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs and a major player in the sale of Russian natural gas to Ukraine allegedly spearheaded an international conspiracy to pay at least $18 million in bribes to mine titanium in India and sell it to a Chicago-based company, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday by U.S. prosecutors.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 28, 2014. Russia's president says Ukraine could regain some arms and equipment of military units in Crimea that did not switch their loyalty to Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

    Ousted Ukrainian leader urges referendum

    Speaking from Russia, Ukraine's ousted leader urged his citizens Friday to press for a vote to determine the status of their regions - a call echoing the Kremlin's push to turn Ukraine into a loosely knit federation.

  • Colonel Yuly Mamchur, center, speaks to Lieutenants Galina Volosyanchik, left, and Ivan Benera, center right, celebrating their wedding at the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Two young Lieutenants got married today and arrived to their unit for a short celebration as Russian troops continue to occupy part of the airbase and demand surrender of Ukrainian airmen. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Ukraine says top commander held after base stormed

    A Ukrainian air force commander is being held after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces, and the acting president called for his release Sunday.

  • People watch fireworks at the central Nakhimov square in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Friday, March 21, 2014.  Russian President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

    Ukraine's east rallies for secession referendum

    More than 5,000 pro-Russia residents of a major city in Ukraine's east demonstrated on Saturday in favor of holding a referendum on whether to seek to split off and become part of Russia.

  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling it closer into Europe's orbit.

  • Undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, of Ukraine,  speaks about the political situation in Ukraine during a news conference at the Lucky Street Boxing Gym, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Hollywood, Fla. Klitschko is preparing for his upcoming fight April 26 against Alex Leapai in Germany. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Klitschko: Try not to 'repeat mistakes of history'

    Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko delivered a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, saying it's important not to "repeat the mistakes of history" concerning the crisis in his native Ukraine.

  • A pro-Russian soldier is back dropped by Russia flag while manning a machine-gun outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014. Tensions are high in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, where a referendum is to be held Sunday on whether to split off from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Ukraine says Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships move outside Crimea

    Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials said.

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