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#Ukraine orders military action in the east

Acting president orders new anti-terrorism operationUkraine's acting president has ordered a military operation against pro-Kremlin separatists in the east of the country, after the body of a local politician from his own party was found showing signs of torture.

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US backs Kiev against 'humiliating threats'

Joe Biden has told Ukraine's new pro-Western leadership that it has the backing of the US against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government.

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Kiev asks #Russia troops to leave east #Ukraine

Biden and acting Ukraine prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in Kiev [AP]Arseny Yatseniuk, the interim Ukrainian prime minister, says Russian special forces are operating in eastern Ukraine to undermine a presidential election due on May 25, as he called on Moscow to pull them out.

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US and Russia trade blame on faltering accord

Pro-Russia groups have refused to surrender occupied buildings [EPA]Moscow and Washington each called for more action from the other to save a troubled deal aimed at easing the crisis between Ukraine's new Western-backed government and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

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US: Russian jet made close-range passes

A Russian fighter jet has made close-range passes for more than 90 minutes near a US warship in the Black Sea amid diplomatic tensions over Ukraine.

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Lavrov: Kiev crudely violating Geneva deal

Russian foreign minister says Ukraine is doing nothing to control "extremists"The Russian foreign minister has said that a deadly gun battle in east Ukraine is proof that the Ukraine government is "crudely violating" a deal struck in the Swiss city of Geneva to ease tensions.

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Deadly clash in Ukraine's restive east

Shoot-out at checkpoint set up by pro-Russian separatistsA shoot-out at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has left three people dead and others hospitalised with gunshot wounds, the Interior Ministry has confirmed.

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Pope Francis leads Good Friday procession

Pope Francis attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment to mark the Good Friday before Easter.

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#Russia to 'help' #Ukraine in overcoming crisis

Pro-Russia groups have refused to leave occupied buildings in eastern Ukraine [EPA]Russia's foreign ministry has promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasised that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians rather than outsiders.

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#Ukraine offers Easter truce in the east

Pro-Russia groups have refused to leave occupied buildings in eastern Ukraine [EPA]The Ukrainian government has said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend even as hundreds of them continued to occupy several buildings in the eastern part of the country.

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