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Whilst diplomats met in Geneva made tentative steps towards a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis, pro-Russian militants in the eastern city of Donetsk refused to leave an occupied government building until pro-government forces stood down, creating a tense stand-off.
Police have gathered to protect a pro-unity rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, according to a journalist in the region.
Russia's annexation of Crimea was partly influenced by Nato enlargement in the Black Sea region, Vladimir Putin has said.
The Russian President said the decision to beef up Nato's presence in eastern Europe had meant Russia was "forced to respond".
Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army today in a bid to humiliate Kiev's operation to recapture towns in the eastern region.
Six armoured personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to shouts of "Russia! Russia!"
ITV News Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy reports
Ukraine's defence ministry has confirmed that six armoured personnel carriers seen in the town of Slaviansk were seized from the Ukrainian military.
The vehicles drove into the eastern Ukrainian town today, with one of them flying a Russian flag.
A statement from the ministry said the personnel carriers had been taken from the nearby town of Kramatorsk.
"A column was blocked by a crowd of local people in Kramatorsk with members of a Russian diversionary-terrorist group among them. As a result of the blocking, extremists seized the equipment."
Nato has decided to reinforce its forces in eastern Europe "immediately" as a result of the crisis in Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.
"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately, that means within days," Mr Rasmussen told a news conference.
The move means Nato fighter planes will fly more sorties over the Baltic region, with ships being sent to the Baltic sea and the eastern Mediterranean.