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 signs decree to 'rehabilitate' Crimean minorities

Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to rehabilitate ethnic minorities in Crimea who suffered under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Among the groups the decree concerns is Crimea's large Tatar population, which has largely opposed the peninsula's annexation by Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Russian television last week Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images

"I have signed a decree to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatar population, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered during Stalin's repressions," Mr Putin told a State Council meeting.

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