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Cameron offers more Typhoons for Nato air mission

Britain will offer another two Typhoon warplanes to patrol the skies of eastern Europe amid continuing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine cris, David Cameron has said.

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Putin calls for delay to Ukraine separatist referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on separatists in Ukraine to delay a referendum due to be held on 11 May.

Vladimir Putin says he supports a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images

He said he wants the fastest possible resolution of the Ukraine crisis, and sees direct dialogue between Kiev and separatists in the south east of the country as key to finding a solution.

In comments reported by Russian news service RIA Novosti, Mr Putin said the Ukraine crisis is developing into the "most unfavourable scenario" and laid blame at the feet of the interim government.

He added that a halt to all violence is necessary for presidential elections to go ahead in Ukraine on 25 May, and said Russia will do all it can to resolve the crisis by taking a "most positive" approach.

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