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  • *Tension rises on eve of four-power talks on Ukraine in Geneva. *Moscow, Kiev trade charges of "civil war" and "terrorism".

  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine— The well-armed, Moscow- backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.

  • KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 16- Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.

  • *Copper ticks up after Tuesday's near 2 pct fall. SINGAPORE, April 16- London copper rose around half a percent on Wednesday to recoup some of last session's deep losses, but gains were capped by slowing growth in top metals consumer China.

  • METALS-Copper ticks up after losses, China data eyed Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, April 16- London copper rose around half a percent on Wednesday to recoup some of last session's losses, but trading was subdued ahead of Chinese data that could show the extent of slowdown in the world's top consumer of industrial metals. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had added 0.4 percent to $6,566.50 a tonne by 0100 GMT.

  • Ukraine takes action to dislodge separatists Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 PM ET
    People sing the Ukrainian national anthem during a pro-Ukraine rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk.

    Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East.

  • KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- U krainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • Here's what you need to know about Ukraine crisis Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:40 PM ET
    Demonstrators hold Russian flags during a rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 5, 2014.

    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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • *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 speaks in the East Room of the White House April 14, 2014 in Washington.

    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.

  • *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.

  • German company starts gas deliveries to Ukraine Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    BERLIN— German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries.

  • *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 and the prospect of a gradual recovery in Libyan oil exports.

  • *Ukraine on brink of civil war- Medvedev. *Kiev makes step in right direction- Lavrov. 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 underway, though the crackdown appeared to get off to a slow start, if at all.

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