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Putin tells Merkel Ukraine now 'on verge of civil war'

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine was now on the verge of civil war after the Kiev government sent in the army against separatists in the east of the country, the Kremlin said Wednesday. "The Russian president remarked that the sharp escalation of the conflict has placed the country, in effect, on the verge of civil war," the Kremlin said in a statement on telephone talks between the two leaders.

US warns of new sanctions as key Ukraine talks loom

The United States on Tuesday threatened Russia with new sanctions ahead of high-stakes talks on the Ukraine crisis, as it backed Kiev's right to confront separatist uprisings in its volatile east. The US and the European Union are preparing for their first four-way talks with Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, although hopes are not high for any breakthrough at the Geneva meeting, amid a slew of failures in past weeks.

Ukraine actions against separatists warranted: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukraine's actions against pro-Russian militiamen in the country's eastern region are justified because of the threat to law and order, the White House said on Tuesday. With rising concern at Russia's role in stirring unrest, the United States is "seriously considering" new sanctions against Russia, but is not considering providing lethal aid to Ukraine, White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.

Putin urges U.N., world to condemn Kiev's actions in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday that the United Nations and the international community should condemn the use of force by the Ukrainian authorities in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said. In a telephone conversation with Ban, Putin "underscored that the Russian side expects a clear condemnation from the United Nations and the international community of these anti-constitutional actions", a Kremlin statement said. (Writing by Steve Gutterman)

Putin calls for UN condemnation of Kiev's actions in east Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday he wanted clear United Nations condemnation of the "anti-constitutional" military operation by Ukraine against separatists in the east of the country. Putin told Ban in telephone talks that Russia "expects clear condemnation from the United Nations and the international community of the anti-consitutional actions" by Ukraine, which according to Putin had sharply worsened the crisis in the country, the Kremlin said in a statement. sjw/jhb

Ukraine 'on the brink of civil war': Russian PM

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said Ukraine was on the verge of civil war as Kiev authorities launched a military operation against pro-Kremlin militants in the separatist east. "I will be brief: Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, it's frightening," the country's former president was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. Medvedev expressed hope that Ukraine's "de-facto authorities" would be reasonable and not to allow "this sort of terrible turmoil."

Ukraine leader says Russia wants to set southeast 'on fire'

Ukraine's Western-backed leader on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to inflame the separatist southeast but promised to proceed with caution against pro-Kremlin militias consolidating their hold on the flashpoint region. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov's impassioned charges against Ukraine's historical master came only hours after a "frank and direct" exchange on the crisis between US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine leader says Russia wants to set southeast 'on fire'

Ukraine's Western-backed leader on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to inflame the separatist southeast but promised to proceed with caution against pro-Kremlin militias consolidating their hold on the flashpoint region. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov's impassioned charges against Ukraine's historical master came only hours after a "frank and direct" exchange on the crisis between US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Moscow says new Western sanctions would be 'counterproductive'

Russia insisted Tuesday that any sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis would be "counterproductive" after the European Union expanded the list of those facing asset freezes and visa bans. "We declare once again that any sanctions against Russia would be groundless and counterproductive," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "Instead of scaring us with another set of sanctions, the European Union should focus on the joint search for a solution for Ukraine's internal crisis."

Ukraine leader says Russia wants to set southeast 'on fire'

Ukraine's Western-backed leader on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to enflame the country's southeast but said he would proceed cautiously against pro-Kremlin militias consolidating control in the volatile region. Oleksandr Turchynov's impassioned charges against Ukraine's historic master came only hours after a "frank and direct" exchange on the crisis between US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
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