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  • Here's what you need to know about Ukraine crisis Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:40 PM ET
    Demonstrators hold Russian flags n the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk

    At the end of February, Ukraine's months-long conflict erupted into a series of violent clashes. Here's what you should know.

  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war as Kiev began a "special operation" against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Kramatorsk and retook a main airfield there. Brent rose to near a six-week high on Monday after Western powers agreed to expand sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

  • *German RWE begins small gas deliveries to Ukraine. VELKE KAPUSANY, Slovakia/ FRANKFURT, April 15- U nprecedented talks across the European Union on Tuesday showed it scrambling for solutions on the ground to break its dependence on Russian gas and help supply Ukraine.

  • *Prices gain as Ukraine tensions spark safety buying. Treasury debt prices gained on Tuesday as rising tensions in Ukraine sparked a safety bid for U.S. bonds, and a weak manufacturing survey for New York state pointed to sluggish economic momentum.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it anticipates more Ukraine- related sanctions on Russia, but suggested no action was likely before a diplomatic meeting in Geneva this week. Envoys from Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States were scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

  • CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the Ukrainian government is saying it has now taken control of the airport where heavy gunfire was reportedly opened.

  • *Lukoil sells around 30,000 bpd of oil production. MOSCOW, April 15- China further strengthened its position in oil-rich Kazakhstan on Tuesday with its state firm Sinopec paying $1.2 billion to buy out Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil from a venture there.

  • CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera shares a report Russian President Vladimir Putin expects to see a clear United Nations condemnation of Kiev's "anti-constitutional" actions in Eastern Ukraine.

  • When fear builds, investors buy US bonds     Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera says reporters of the Associated Press and Reuters heard heavy gunfire near an airport of Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Caruso-Cabrera looks at the rally in U.S. Treasurys.

  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war as Kiev began a "special operation" against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Kramatorsk and retook a main airfield there.

  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. NEW YORK, April 15- Global equity markets declined and government debt rose on Tuesday as tensions spiked in Ukraine as Russia declared the country on the brink of civil war and as disappointing corporate results dogged U.S. and European stock markets.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • *Germany's DAX sinks as tension mounts in Ukraine. PARIS/ LONDON, April 15- Worries over escalating tension in Ukraine and weak updates by bellwethers including Nestle held back European stocks on Tuesday.

  • *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • Warnings fly in tense call between Obama and Putin Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama said to President Putin during a phone call that Russia would have to face further sanctions if it continues its actions in Ukraine.

  • WRAPUP 3-Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • *Yahoo, Morgan Stanley rise after research notes. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Tuesday after earnings from Coca Cola and Johnson& Johnson and ahead of economic data including inflation and manufacturing.

  • *European shares hit by weak sales, Ukraine crisis. LONDON, April 15- Crisis in Ukraine, weak trading updates from European companies and worries over China's economy turned investors sour on riskier assets on Tuesday, driving shares lower and bond prices higher.

  • *Pro-Russian rebels ignore ultimatum, tighten grip in Ukraine. LONDON, April 15- Brent crude fell below $109 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed tension between Russia and Ukraine against the prospect of a gradual recovery in Libyan oil exports.

  • *Indonesia's export ban, Russia sanctions support. LONDON, April 15- Base metals fell on Tuesday, led by nickel, as investors sold risky assets on worries about demand in top consumer China and concern about the conflict in Ukraine.