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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kiev says it's "helpless" to restore order in east

A Ukrainian soldier guards a checkpoint 25 kilometers from the city of Slaviansk, Ukraine. Militants in Sloviansk are keeping dozens of hostages, including seven European military observers, who were detained while on a verification mission under the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).