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Ukraine agrees to let ICC probe protest crimes

Ukraine has accepted the International Criminal Court's jurisdiction to probe crimes committed bThe fore and during the fall of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, the Hague-based ICC said on Thursday. "Today the registrar received a declaration lodged by Ukraine accepting the ICC's jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed in its territory from November 21, 2013 to February 22, 2014," "The declaration has been transmitted to the ICC's Office of the Prosecutor for further consideration," it added.

Putin in thinly-veiled invasion threat as Ukraine talks drag out

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the door open to intervening in Ukraine Thursday in a thinly-veiled threat that coincided with crunch Geneva talks striving to de-escalate the crisis. Kiev also appeared to ratchet up the pressure by banning entry to its territory for all Russian males aged 16 to 60, airline Aeroflot announced just as negotiations between the foreign ministers of Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine took place.

10 'Russian spies' detained in Ukraine, says Kiev

Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) said Thursday it was detaining 10 "Russian spies" arrested over the past six weeks on suspected missions to stir up unrest in the separatist eastern region of the country. Such clandestine operators constituted the "main threat" to security in the country, a spokeswoman told a Kiev news conference. "We have identified 10 Russians with Russian passports and they are now under investigation and they are being detained in Kiev's detention centre," Maryna Ostapenko said in the headquarters of the SBU.

Ukraine says Putin destabilizing country, wants to wreck election

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of building a terrorist network in Ukraine to destabilize it and wreck its presidential election next month. Arseny Yatseniuk launched the broadside after Putin accused the Kiev government in his annual televised phone-in of dragging Ukraine into the "abyss" and said Moscow might not recognize next month's Ukrainian election.

Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers

Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters staged a rally in the the eastern city of Mariupol on Thursday after Ukrainian soldiers killed three people during a raid on their barracks. The three assailants were killed and 13 others wounded when around 300 people attacked the interior ministry troops in the industrial port city overnight with firearms and petrol bombs, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers

Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters staged a rally in the the eastern city of Mariupol on Thursday after Ukrainian soldiers killed three people during a raid on their barracks. The three assailants were killed and 13 others wounded when around 300 people attacked the interior ministry troops in the industrial port city overnight with firearms and petrol bombs, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Putin makes thinly-veiled invasion threat as Ukraine talks open

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the door open to intervening in Ukraine Thursday in a thinly-veiled threat that coincided with the opening of crunch Geneva talks on the escalating crisis. Warning that the former Soviet republic was plunging into the "abyss", Putin said he hoped not to have to use his "right" to send Russian troops into Ukraine, just hours after three pro-Moscow separatists were killed in an overnight gunbattle with Ukrainian troops.

Three separatists killed as Ukrainian troops repel attack: minister

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and, in shooting that ensued, three of them were killed, the interior minister said on Thursday. The minister, Arsen Avakov, said in a post on Facebook that an armed group of about 300 attacked the base in Mariupol on the Sea of Azov with guns and petrol bombs. National guard members first fired warning shots but then opened fire as the attack continued, Avakov said

High-stakes Ukraine talks open as Putin warns of 'abyss'

Russia and Ukraine sat down Thursday for Western-backed talks on the escalating crisis in the former Soviet republic as Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the authorities in Kiev of dragging the country towards the abyss. In a dramatic worsening of tensions in the restive east, three pro-Moscow separatists were killed in an overnight gunbattle with Ukrainian troops in the southeastern port city of Mariupol.

Ukraine troops kill pro-Russia militants ahead of key talks

Ukrainian troops killed three pro-Russian militants in the country's tense southeast early Thursday, just hours ahead of key talks in Geneva seeking to ease the escalating crisis in the former Soviet republic. The gun battle erupted overnight when around 300 people lobbed petrol bombs and fired weapons at an interior ministry base in the port city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page.
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