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Nato 'preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself'

Nato is preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia, the head of the military organisation said.

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Hague presses Russia after Ukraine attack kills 49

The Foreign Secretary has once more called on Russia to stop the supply of arms to separatists in eastern Ukraine following today's attack on a Ukrainian military aircraft, which left 49 people dead.

Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned what he said was Russian support for separatists in Ukraine. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire/Press Association Images

William Hague said: "This tragic incident underlines once again the urgency and importance of Russia taking further measures to prevent the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, including by stopping support and the supply of arms for separatist groups."

Mr Hague also warned of "further sanctions" if the Kremlin failed to take action to de-escalate the conflict.

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