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MARIUPOL, Ukraine, April 17- Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10- day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.
At the end of February, Ukraine's months-long conflict erupted into a series of violent clashes. Here's what you should know.
U.N. Security Council has called an emergency meeting at Russia's request to discuss the growing crisis
*White House accused Moscow of fomenting instability. *Russia warns Kiev not to use force against militants.
*White House accused Moscow of fomenting instability. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine's government said on Sunday it was sending security forces into the eastern city of Slaviansk where pro-Russian militants have seized control in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by the Kremlin.
LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 10- Armed pro- Russia separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk rejected Kiev's offer of amnesty for those who seized government buildings this week and called on others to defy the pro-European government in Kiev.
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LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 10- Ukraine will not prosecute pro-Russian separatists who seized government buildings if they surrender their weapons and disperse, the country's president said on Thursday, in a bid to ease a crisis that stoked fears of the country's break-up.
BRUSSELS, April 10- Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union will hold talks next Thursday in Geneva to try to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine, EU diplomats said. Moscow has said it wants to know more about the agenda for such a meeting, and while no more details were immediately available, EU diplomats said it will now go ahead.
Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday that Washington has no doubt that Russians were behind the takeovers of government buildings in eastern Ukraine this week. "I don't think that we have any doubt the preponderance of direct Russian involvement," Nuland, the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, said at a congressional hearing on the Ukraine crisis.
*Russia seeks to reassure West, Ukraine over troops. LONDON, April 9- Brent crude rose towards $108 a barrel as rising tension between Russia and Ukraine overshadowed the bearish impact of a steep rise in crude oil stockpiles in the United States.
LONDON, April 9- European shares rebounded on Wednesday, led by automakers, although caution ahead of the European earnings season could keep gains under check. Volkswagen rose 2.8 percent and Porsche 3.9 percent after Bernstein raised its ratings for the shares, traders said. It also said Volkswagen had extensive exposure to a European market recovery.
*Russia seeks to reassure West, Ukraine over troops. LONDON, April 9- Brent futures steadied above $107 a barrel as tension escalated over Ukraine, but a steep rise in crude oil stockpiles in the United States weighed on prices.
*U.S. says Russian agents stirring eastern Ukraine unrest. LONDON, April 9- Brent futures held above $107 a barrel as tension escalated over Ukraine, but a steep rise in crude oil stockpiles in the United States weighed on prices.
LONDON, April 9- European shares advanced on Wednesday, with automakers leading the market higher on a positive growth outlook for some major companies, although caution ahead of the European earnings season could keep gains under check.
*U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring eastern Ukraine unrest. SINGAPORE, April 9- Brent futures held steady above $107 a barrel as geopolitical tensions over Ukraine worsened, overshadowing U.S. industry data that showed crude stockpiles in the world's largest oil consumer rose nearly six times more than expected.
*U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring eastern Ukraine unrest. SINGAPORE, April 9- Brent futures held near $108 a barrel as geopolitical tensions over Ukraine worsened, overshadowing U.S. industry data that showed crude stockpiles in the world's largest oil consumer rose nearly six times more than expected.
SINGAPORE, April 9- Gold was trading near its highest in two weeks on Wednesday, holding on to sharp overnight gains, as rising geopolitical tensions over Ukraine burnished its safe-haven appeal. *Spot gold rose nearly 0.1 percent to $1,309.22 an ounce by 0021 GMT, after gaining 0.9 percent in the previous session.
SEOUL, April 9- U.S. crude oil futures slipped in early Asian trade on Wednesday after jumping more than 2 percent in the previous session, but prices remained underpinned by a U.S. stock draw for gasoline and tensions over Ukraine. *U.S. crude edged down 24 cents at $102.32 a barrel as of 0020 GMT after settling $2.12 higher at $102.56 a barrel on Tuesday.