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New Russia sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

By Thomas Grove and Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.

East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in

By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine's rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday.

U.S. threatens Russia with further sanctions over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House warned Russia on Friday that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine or moved to send Russian forces into eastern Ukraine. "Those costs and sanctions could include targeting very significant sectors of the Russian economy," Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, told reporters.

U.S. threatens Russia with further sanctions over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House warned Russia on Friday that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine or moved to send Russian forces into eastern Ukraine. "Those costs and sanctions could include targeting very significant sectors of the Russian economy," Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, told reporters.

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine say 'Nyet' to accord

High-flying diplomacy in Geneva might have forged an accord meant to soothe the war fever threatening Ukraine. But the pro-Moscow separatist insurgents on the ground in eastern Ukraine, where they occupy 10 towns, are having none of it. Terms hammered out by Russia and the West calling on them to disarm and leave the seized municipal buildings and police stations are being met with a firm "Nyet". They are not budging, they say, until their demands are met.

Ukraine's pro-Russian militants hold firm despite accord

Pro-Russian rebels stubbornly refused to cede control of a string of towns in eastern Ukraine on Friday, jeopardising a deal backed by the West and Russia meant to ease tensions and rejecting promises of concessions from Kiev. The refusal to budge came despite an unexpected diplomatic breakthrough Thursday worked out between Kiev, Moscow, Washington and Brussels following talks in Geneva to defuse the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Ukraine government pledges Russian language rights

By Alastair Macdonald and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's acting president and prime minister offered some of their strongest pledges yet on Friday to strengthen constitutional rights to use the Russian language in an effort to defuse separatist protests.

Russian EU envoy says Kiev misinterpreted Geneva agreement

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's envoy to the European Union said the authorities in Kiev had incorrectly interpreted an international deal to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, where rebellions have broken out in Russian-speaking eastern provinces. "If we are speaking about how the Geneva document is being interpreted in Kiev by the current authorities, then unfortunately they understood this incorrectly," Vladimir Chizhov told the Russian state television Rossiya-24.

Who are the mysterious 'little green men' helping Ukraine's rebels?

The expertly armed, masked men in matching camouflage stripped of all insignia are tough, taciturn and tactically devastating. And according to President Vladimir Putin, they are not -- absolutely, categorically not -- elite Russian special forces. So who are the members of this mysterious military or paramilitary force operating in eastern Ukraine, nicknamed "little green men" by many here?

Who are the mysterious 'little green men' helping Ukraine's rebels?

The expertly armed, masked men in matching camouflage stripped of all insignia are tough, taciturn and tactically devastating. And according to President Vladimir Putin, they are not -- absolutely, categorically not -- elite Russian special forces. So who are the members of this mysterious military or paramilitary force operating in eastern Ukraine, nicknamed "little green men" by many here?
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