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Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests cease-fire

By Agencies in Kiev and Luhansk, Ukraine ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-15 07:01:00

Tensions over Ukraine festered after Kiev accused the Kremlin of seeking to "eliminate" the pro-Western former Soviet nation while Moscow charged Washington with orchestrating the entire crisis.

The bitter exchange on Saturday in the wake of the toughest Western sanctions yet on Russia came with a fragile nine-day truce once again tested by an hourslong battle for control of a strategic eastern Ukrainian airport.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on world leaders not to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his decision to sign Moscow up to a truce aimed at ending a five-month war that has claimed more than 2,700 lives.

Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests cease-fire

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