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  • 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.

  • *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.

  • LONDON, April 16- Trading house Gunvor reported core earnings rose by a quarter in 2013 and said it expected to improve results again in 2014 despite the brief turmoil it faced last month due to its close links to Russia.

  • *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.

  • *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.

  • ISTANBUL, April 16- Russia's controversial South Stream pipeline, which would transport gas via the Black Sea into Europe towards the end of the decade, received support from Turkey on Wednesday when Ankara said it may let the conduit pass through its territory.

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

  • ISTANBUL, April 16- Turkey would consider allowing the South Stream pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, to pass through Turkish territory if Moscow made such a request, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday.

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. Russian markets have been rattled by the tensions with neighboring Ukraine, where Russia annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea last month. Europe is Russia's largest trading partner.

  • *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.

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