Russian govt: We will respond to attack on our interests

Russia's Foreign Minister has warned Ukraine his country will respond if its interests are threatened. Sergei Lavrov's words came as Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister announced new "anti-terrorist" action against separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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Putin: 'No Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine'

Vladimir Putin has denied any Russian involvement in the unrest in eastern Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin speaking on Russian television this morning Credit: RTV

Speaking during a televised phone-in on Russian television, the President said there were "no special forces, no instructors" from Russia in eastern Ukraine and that those taking up arms were "all local people".

He also called for "dialogue" between pro-Russian elements in the east of the country and the authorities in Kiev.

Mr Putin also struck a conciliatory tone, saying that Russia and Ukraine "share an enormous number of interests and if we want to be successful we must work together".

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