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Russia claims right to intervene in Donetsk after clashes as talks to solve Ukraine crisis falter

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March 14, 2014, 6:36 p.m. | Ukraine — by Christopher J. Miller

A pro-Russian demonstrator punches a pro-Ukraine demonstrator in Donetsk on March 14.
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Christopher J. Miller

Christopher J. Miller is an American editor at the Kyiv Post. He is also a regular contributor to Mashable, and has written for GlobalPost, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and others. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (Artemivsk, Donetsk Oblast, 2010-2012), he can be reached at millerjchristopher@gmail.com.

As the latest talks to solve Ukraine's crisis appeared to be headed nowhere, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on March 14 that it reserves the right to intervene in Ukraine in order to protect Russian citizens -- an ominous statement that threatens a wider Kremlin military intervention beyond Russian-occupied Crimea.

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