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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.

Obama asks Putin to urge pro-Russia militants to back down in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to use his influence to get pro-Russia militants in eastern Ukraine to leave government and police buildings they have seized, the White House said. Obama and Putin spoke on the phone amid heightened tensions triggered by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula last month, but little progress was made in finding a way out of the crisis.

Obama confronts Putin in call as crisis escalates

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin clashed over pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, in a tense phone call Monday as tensions between Moscow and Washington soared. The fast escalating crisis was exacerbated by two episodes which had a dash of Cold War-style intrigue : a confrontation in the Black Sea in which a Russian warplane "buzzed" a US destroyer and weekend a visit to Kiev by CIA chief John Brennan.

Obama confronts Putin in call as crisis escalates

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin confronted one another in telephone talks Monday as a standoff over Ukraine escalated after the CIA chief visited Kiev and a Russian war plane "buzzed" a US destroyer. Washington said it was consulting European allies and hinted that more sanctions on Russia's economy could be coming, to punish what it sees as Moscow's sponsorship of pro-Russia violence in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin said that Putin used the latest in a string of tense phone calls with Obama to brand US charges of meddling in eastern Ukraine as "unfounded."

Obama confronts Putin in call as crisis escalates

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin confronted one another in telephone talks Monday as a standoff over Ukraine escalated after the CIA chief visited Kiev and a Russian war plane "buzzed" a US destroyer. Washington said it was consulting European allies and hinted that more sanctions on Russia's economy could be coming, to punish what it sees as Moscow's sponsorship of pro-Russia violence in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin said that Putin used the latest in a string of tense phone calls with Obama to brand US charges of meddling in eastern Ukraine as "unfounded."

Putin tells Obama charges of Ukraine interference 'unfounded'

President Vladimir Putin on Monday told US counterpart Barack Obama that charges of Russia meddling in eastern Ukraine were "unfounded", the Kremlin said. "In reply to concern voiced by the American president about so-called Russian interference in southeast Ukraine, the Russian president remarked that such speculations are based on unfounded information," said a statement, referring to a telephone conversation between the two leaders.
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