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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shootout in eastern Ukraine kills four people

Shootout in eastern Ukraine kills four people

Four people were reported killed in a clash in restive eastern Ukraine , disrupting Easter ceasefire in the former Soviet republic on Sunday .

Three members of the pro - Russian and an attacker were killed in a shootout at a roadblock near the town Slavyansk , which is controlled by the separatist group , said local leaders Vyatcheslav Ponomarev .

The identity of the attackers is unknown . Kiev 's interim government has promised to stop military operation to oust rebels until the expiration of the Orthodox Easter holiday on Monday.

A member of the pro- Russian at that location told AFP that 20 attackers in a four- car fired automatic weapons into the post - senata rebels Sunday morning . But he could not confirm the casualties .

The violence came as the United States urged Russia to persuade the rebel pro - Kremlin implement international agreements that call for them surrender their weapons and leave the public buildings they had occupied .

Saturday night the leaders of the Orthodox in Kiev and Moscow engaged harsh debate concerning the Ukrainian crisis .

Archbishop Filaret condemned those loyal to Kiev 's pro-Western government that Russia is an " enemy " who attacked in Ukraine find failure because it is evil and contrary to God's will .

In Moscow , Archbishop of the Church of Russia , Kirill , say a prayer for Ukraine in which he asked God " put an end to the designs they want to destroy the holy Russia " .

Kirill said that although Ukraine separately in the " politics " , " spiritually and history " is one with Russia , and pray that it will be useful for the authorities is that they are " legitimately elected " .

Statement - a statement that will be broadcast on Russian television on Sunday . Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin - the Kiev and Washington accuse of orchestrating the uprising in Ukraine - with the aim to revive the Soviet Union .

Yatsenyuk in televis NBC station also criticized those who reportedly distributed leaflets demanding pendafaran or expelled Jews from eastern Ukraine as illegal and should be prosecuted .

United States Saturday reported increase its military strength in the peringataa to Russia deploying tens of thousands of troops on the border of Ukraine .

Letters kebar The Washington Post said the U.S. ground forces to be sent a kemugkinan Poland and the Baltic states to expand NATO presence in the Eastern Europe .

Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak , in a statement quoted by the media saying Poland , the NATO members will play an important role in the operation .

Washington warned Moscow that Ukraine beeada in a " rotating sunbu period " while the pro - Russian pemberotnak refused to obey the Geneva agreement reached Thursday by Russia , USA , Ukraine DAA EU to disarm .

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the Russian Foreign Minister , Sergei Lavrov , the full and immediate implementation diepenuhi " necessary in the next few days .

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