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  1. Ukrainians and Pro-Separatists Both Claim Control in Eastern Town

    Officials in Ukraine said Thursday that they had regained control of an eastern port’s city hall, but pro-Russian separatists claim they still control the building in Mariupol. President Obama, referring to “malicious, armed men” occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine, noted that Russia has failed to abide by the spirit of a deal struck in Geneva last week, and the U.S. is readying new sanctions in response. Ukrainian leaders are also accusing Russia of supporting the kidnapping of patriots, like Vladimir Rybak, whose body was found last weekend.

    Sources: Al JazeeraBBCThe Guardian

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