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Kerry slams Ukraine separatists` bid as `blatant land grab`

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused pro-Russian separatists of attempting "a blatant land grab" in fresh fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused pro-Russian separatists of attempting "a blatant land grab" in fresh fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The US was "particularly concerned" by a rebel initiative to "attempt to gain control of a very significant rail juncture" in eastern Ukraine in violation of a September ceasefire deal, he said, calling it "an effort to try to broaden the amount of territory that is being held."