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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Kiev protesters overturn cars outside Russian embassy

Protesters overturned cars, smashed windows and ripped up the Russian flag outside the Russian embassy in Kiev on Saturday.

Firefighters pour water onto a damaged car as protesters hold a rally near the Russian embassy in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

More than 100 protesters demonstrated against what they called Moscow's backing of separatist rebels in east Ukraine, witnesses said.

Cars were overturned during a rally near the Russian embassy in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

The Russian foreign ministry called the lack of a police response "a grave violation of Ukraine's international obligations," demanding that Kiev take steps to ensure its diplomats' security.

Pro-Ukrainian people overturn a car during a rally in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

The protest followed the deaths of 49 Ukrainian servicemen on board a military transport plane that was shot down by the separatists early on Saturday.

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