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Ukraine separatists hold buildings and hostages
Ukraine separatists hold buildings and hostages

MOSCOW — Heavily armed separatists held Ukrainian government buildings and hostages Tuesday as tensions increased sharply and threatened to push a dispute over treatment of the country's ethnic Russians into bloodshed. Ukrainian government officials said pro-Russia separatists had rigged explosives in a building in Luhansk and were holding hostages inside. Officials dispatched a deputy prime minister to another city, Donetsk, to try to negotiate a peaceful solution to the takeover of an administration building in that mining city. Russia seized control of Ukraine's Crimea region, in the south, with minimal violence in February, but Ukrainian forces have acted forcefully...

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