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Ukraine Asks For UN Peacekeepers as Pro-Russians Seize Sloviansk Airport

Ukraine is falling apart and interim President Oleksandr Turchynov promised a large scale anti-terrorist operation against the pro-Russian forces in the east if they did not surrender by 9 a.m. Monday morning. When this did not happen Turchynov announced he is sending in United Nations peacekeepers. Apr 14, 2014 8:29 AM PT

NATO, EU Condemn Attacks in East Ukraine While US Announces Biden Visit to Kiev, Warns Russia of More Sanctions

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and European High Representative Catherine Ashton condemned the attacks on government buildings in east Ukraine by pro-Russian forces. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of more consequences and the White House announced Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine on April 22. Apr 13, 2014 10:56 AM PT

Fifteen Gunmen Seize Police Station in Sloviansk, Ukraine

Armed pro-Russians took control of the police station in Sloviansk in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast. Another group of gunmen attempted to capture a police station in Shaktarsk, also in Donetsk, but failed. Apr 13, 2014 8:38 AM PT

Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk Promises Regions More Local Power

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk visited cities in east Ukraine that are facing protests from pro-Russians. He told those in Donetsk, a region that already proclaimed independence from Ukraine, that regions will have more power. Apr 11, 2014 6:47 PM PT

EU Promises to Help Ukraine's Gas Supply, US Warns Moscow Not to Use Gas as a Tool

The European Union will help Ukraine pay gas bills with Russia and provide them with gas if Moscow decides to cut them off. The response comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to European leaders that threatened to cut off gas supplies if they did not help pay Ukraine’s debt to Russia. However, Putin said there was no direct response to the letter, which also included a request for a meeting over the debt. Apr 11, 2014 6:21 PM PT

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