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Armoured vehicles with Russian flags appear in east Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 16:32

Armoured vehicles bearing Russian flags rolled through a flashpoint town in eastern Ukraine today, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the country was on the brink of civil war.

Pro-Russians take two Ukrainian soldiers `hostage`

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 15:29

Ukraine`s defence ministry said on Wednesday that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers "hostage" in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk.

Ukraine Defence Minister heads to separatist east

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 14:48

Ukraine`s acting Defence Minister Mykhailo Koval headed to the separatist east of the country on Wednesday to check on the progress of his forces` push against pro-Kremlin insurgents, a top cabinet official said.

Armoured vehicles with Russian flag seen in eastern Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 13:28

At least three unmarked armoured personnel carriers bearing the Russian flag drove through the eastern Ukraine town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday, a day after authorities in Kiev launched an operation to oust pro-Moscow separatists, an AFP photographer said.

Obama administration supports Ukrainian crackdown

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 09:12

The White House Tuesday supported the crackdown of the interim Ukrainian government against the pro-Russian groups, arguing that the former has responsibility to enforce law and order inside the country.

Putin tells Merkel Ukraine now `on verge of civil war`: Kremlin

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 08:19

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine was now on the verge of civil war after the Kiev government sent in the army against separatists in the east of the country, the Kremlin said.

Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 08:19

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Ukraine military secures airport from attack

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 04:53

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces said they clashed today with about 30 armed gunmen at a small airport.

Putin calls for UN condemnation of Kiev`s actions in east Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 01:43

Russian President Vladimir Putin today told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon he wanted clear United Nations condemnation of the "anti-constitutional" military operation by Ukraine against separatists in the east of the country.

Ukraine pushes tanks toward flashpoint separatist city

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 00:53

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday.

Ten days of upheaval in east Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 00:01

Ukraine`s Western-backed leaders pushed troops and tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city on Tuesday to quash a separatist insurgency that has been backed by Russia.

Ten days of upheaval in east Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 00:01

Ukraine`s Western-backed leaders pushed troops and tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city on Tuesday to quash a separatist insurgency that has been backed by Russia.