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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday urged the West to stop playing what he described as a zero-sum game against Russia and reach a settlement based on mutual interests.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday urged the West to stop playing what he described as a zero-sum game against Russia and reach a settlement based on mutual interests. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Russian Official Slams West on Ukraine

Russia on Friday accused the West of triggering the Ukrainian crisis by its "megalomania," as fighting continued in Ukraine's east between pro-Russia insurgents and government forces two days before a presidential election.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with parliament member Valentina Matviyenko at a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with parliament member Valentina Matviyenko at a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
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Pentagon: No Sign of Russian Troop Pullback Yet

The U.S. has seen no evidence that Russia has begun its announced withdrawal of troops from the Ukraine border area, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

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Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Pro-Russian Insurgents Retreat in Ukraine’s East

Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia insurgents to pull out of the government buildings they had seized in this city in eastern Ukraine, giving residents hope Friday that a wave of anarchy was over.

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Members of election committee empty a ballot box after voting closed at a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, May 11, 2014. V(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Members of election committee empty a ballot box after voting closed at a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, May 11, 2014. V(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Eastern Ukraine Insurgents Declare Independence

Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's Donetsk region declared independence Monday and asked to join Russia — a day after holding a hastily arranged vote on separatism that Ukraine's interim government and the West have declared a sham.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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Putin Hails ‘Return’ of Crimea; Fighting Kills 3

Presiding over a triumphant spectacle of warships and fighter jets, President Vladimir Putin hailed the return of Crimea to Russia as the restoration of "historic justice" before a jubilant, welcoming crowd Friday on the holiday that Russians hold dearest.

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A man guards a road intersection as pro-Russian activists strengthen the barricades in front of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A man guards a road intersection as pro-Russian activists strengthen the barricades in front of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Poll: Most Ukrainians Want Unified Nation

A strong majority of Ukrainians want their country to remain a single, unified state and this is true even in the largely Russian-speaking east where a pro-Russia insurgency has been fighting for autonomy, a poll released Thursday shows.

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Men carry the coffin of a person killed during last week's unrest, during a commemorative service in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Men carry the coffin of a person killed during last week's unrest, during a commemorative service in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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UN Officials Meet with Ukraine Government

A senior U.N. diplomat has arrived in Kiev while Switzerland's president is in Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin, in a flurry of diplomatic activity seeking to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine.

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Mourners and family members cry next the coffin of regional parliament member Vyacheslav Markin, in Odessa, Ukraine, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Mourners and family members cry next the coffin of regional parliament member Vyacheslav Markin, in Odessa, Ukraine, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Ukraine Sends Elite Force to Odessa

Ukraine sent an elite national guard unit to its southern port of Odessa, desperate to halt a spread of the fighting between government troops and a pro-Russia militia in the east that killed combatants on both sides Monday.

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Protesters, many of the expatriate Ukrainians, demonstrate near Downing Street against the Russian annexation of Crimea
Protesters, many of the expatriate Ukrainians, demonstrate near Downing Street against the Russian annexation of Crimea (Sean Gallup, Getty Images)
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US: Evidence of Russia Driving Ukraine Unrest

The White House on Monday said there was "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but suggested that President Barack Obama has not yet concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions warrant broader sanctions on key Russian economic sectors.

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Senate, House Back Bills to Aid Ukraine

Congress spoke with one voice on Thursday against Russia's annexation of Crimea, passing legislation in the House and Senate giving help to cash-strapped Ukraine and imposing sanctions against Russia.

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