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Russia urges U.S. to halt Kiev crackdown

Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 01:24

May 4 - Russia says U.S. should use its influence to persuade Ukraine's government to halt military operations. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Ukrainian forces continued their military crackdown against pro-Russian separatists on Saturday in the town of Kramatorsk. At least six people died in the fighting. Some Ukrainian soldiers said the rebels were using civilians as human shields. Ukraine's interior ministry said its troops had re-captured a television tower and the security services headquarters. This video of the Kramatorsk tv tower were supplied by the Ukrainian army. Russia's foreign minister says the U.S. should use its influence with Kiev to halt the military crackdown. Kiev and its western allies accuse Moscow of backing the pro-Russian separatists who've seized control of some parts of east Ukraine. In Donetsk hundreds of pro-Russian rebels stormed the state security headquarters and the governor's business premises. Staff had already left the building after the city fell under rebel control. Large crowds chanted 'We will not forgive Odessa' as the building was ransacked, a reference to Friday's clashes in which at least 42 people died. Pro-Russian separatists in the city have declared a People's Republic of Dontesk' and say they'll hold a secession referendum on May 11th.

Russia urges U.S. to halt Kiev crackdown

Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 01:24

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