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Lavrov calls for 'de-escalation of rhetoric' over Ukraine

Russian troops near the Ukrainian border will return to its permanent bases after completing its military exercises, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, calling for a "de-escalation" of rhetoric.

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Kiev deaths 'under direct leadership' of Yanukovich

The killing of protesters in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev took place "under direct leadership" of the country's ex-president Viktor Yanukovich, the head of Ukraine's security service has said.

He added that unidentified Russians were at Ukraine's security service headquarters during the protests.

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