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U.S. says Russian agitators in Ukraine

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 01:47

April 9 - The U.S. blames Russian forces for separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Pro-Russian demonstrators maintain their presence outside Ukraine government buildings in support of those inside who've seized them. These were the scenes outside the regional administration building in Donetsk on Tuesday night. In Luhansk the crowd swelled to about 1, 000 outside the Ukrainian security services building. Pro-Russian activists inside deny Ukraine security service reports they have hostages and have wired the building with explosives. But they say they have seized an armoury of automatic rifles. In Kharkiv city, also in the east, pro-Russian protesters attacked the private ATN TV channel. They damaged studio equipment and computers. In the same city on the same day Ukrainian police arrested about 70 people suspected of seizing the regional administration building. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the separatist unrest is being stirred up by Russia. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "It is clear that Russian special forces and agents have been the catalyst behind the chaos of the last 24 hours. Some have even been arrested and exposed, and equally as clear must be the reality that the United States and our allies will not hesitate to use 21st century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th century behaviour." The unrest in eastern Ukraine has led to fears that Russia may intervene as it did in Crimea. NATO officials say there are about 40, 000 Russian troops near the Ukraine border. Ukraine's not a NATO member and Western political and military leaders have said NATO wouldn't help if it was invaded.

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U.S. says Russian agitators in Ukraine

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 01:47