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SBU ramping up security operations in Kharkiv Oblast, plans to cordon off separatists in Donetsk; insurgents in Donetsk refuse to surrender occupied buildings (LIVE UPDATES)

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April 18, 2014, 2:26 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Kyiv Post

SWITZERLAND, Geneva : TOPSHOTS US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on April 17, 2014 in Geneva. John Kerry meets Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsya for talks later this morning on the Ukraine crisis, the first time all four sides have sat down for a meeting. AFP PHOTO - POOL / JIM BOURG
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Editor's Note: On April 15, Ukraine's military began an anti-terrorist operation against Kremlin-backed insurgents who have taken over numerous government buildings and police headquarters in several cities of Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine's most populous region where 10 percent of the nation's 45 million people live. The Kyiv Post has journalists in Donetsk Oblast and will be updating as events happen.

On April 17, diplomats from the U.S., EU, Ukraine, and Russia announced that that they had reached an agreement that may help de-escalate separatist violence in eastern Ukraine.

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