Ukraine crisis: 'Shots fired' as Kiev launches operation to take back eastern police buildings occupied by pro-Russian militia

April 16, 2014 8:46 AM

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Ukraine crisis: 'Shots fired' as Kiev launches operation to take back eastern police buildings occupied by pro-Russian militia

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Ukraine faces a rash of rebellions in the east which it says are inspired and directed by the Kremlin. But action to dislodge the armed militants risks tipping the stand-off into a new, dangerous phase as Moscow has warned it will protect the region's Russian-speakers if they come under attack.

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