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  • KIEV, April 17- Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of building a terrorist network in Ukraine to destabilise it and wreck its presidential election next month.

  • LONDON, April 17- Brent crude oil was steady below $110 a barrel on Thursday, after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as traders assessed whether rising tensions in Ukraine could disrupt supplies from Russia.

  • Ukraine PM says Putin trying to wreck election Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:26 AM ET

    KIEV, April 17- Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to sabotage the country's upcoming presidential election and said Moscow was responsible for deaths in recent clashes in eastern Ukraine.

  • EU warns Russia against using gas for politics Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union is warning Russia that interfering with gas deliveries to Ukraine to apply political pressure would backfire by damaging its reputation as a reliable supplier for the EU.

  • LONDON, April 17- Brent crude oil slipped towards $109 a barrel on Thursday, after hitting a six-week high in the previous session, as traders assessed whether rising tensions in Ukraine could disrupt supplies from Russia.

  • Putin also said that the transit via Ukraine is the most dangerous element in Europe's gas supply system, and that he was. Russia meets around 30 percent of Europe's natural gas needs.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexation of Crimea, home to its Black Sea Fleet, was partly influenced by the Western military alliance's expansion into eastern Europe.

  • *Putin denounces Kiev's use of military in east Ukraine. In a marathon session that was dominated by questions on Ukraine, Putin tempered withering criticism of the Ukrainian leadership with more conciliatory comments about the possibility of a compromise to resolve the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday did not rule out sending Russian troops into eastern Ukraine but said he hoped he would not need to, and that diplomacy would serve to resolve the crisis there.

  • 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.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday did not rule out sending Russian troops into eastern Ukraine but said he hoped he would not need to and that diplomacy would serve to resolve the crisis there.

  • KIEV, April 17- Ukraine is holding in detention about 10 Russian citizens, all of whom have intelligence backgrounds, the State Security Service on Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the country would speed up the process of switching Crimea's banking system to the rouble as Moscow looks to integrate the peninsula it annexed last month.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honourably in the line of duty.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into the east of the country instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime."

  • MOSCOW, April 17- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was certain that Russia and Ukraine could reach a compromise following Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying the neighbours had a huge number of common interests. "I'm sure we will come to a mutual understanding with Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, April 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into eastern Ukraine instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime."

  • TOKYO, April 17- U.S. crude futures edged higher to trade just below $104 a barrel in early trade on Thursday, as rising geopolitical tensions over Russia's involvement in the crisis in Ukraine overshadowed a rise in U.S. oil inventories. *U.S. crude for May delivery was up 14 cents at $103.90 per barrel by 0009 GMT, after finishing 1 cent higher on Wednesday.

  • Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    But for all the anxiety about Ukraine's future— bolstered by Vladimir Putin's contention the country is on the verge of civil war— the top diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union may find their positions so far apart that no one can find a compromise.

  • *Setback for Kiev before four-way talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism". KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 16- S eparatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro- Moscow partisans.

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