Putin approves Russian citizenship expansion plan

The Kremlin has approved plans to make it easier for Russian-speaking citizens of former Soviet states to become Russian citizens.

The move, which has been signed off by Vladimir Putin, will affect citizens of countries including Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic states, along with countries in central Asia.

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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.