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Ukraine marks day of mourning after 49 die in plane attack

Published on Jun 15, 2014 10:21 AM
A girl places a candle during a memorial ceremony for the people killed when a Ukrainian military plane was shot by pro-Russian armed separatist militants on June 14, 2014, in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LUGANSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Ukraine marks a national day of mourning Sunday, vowing to retaliate after pro-Kremlin rebels downed a military plane killing 49 personnel in their deadliest single attack against government forces in the east of the country.

Russia and Ukraine also meet for key gas talks Sunday to avert a cut in Russian supplies that would affect large swathes of Europe.

The new round of talks comes a day after an irate mob smashed the Russian embassy's windows in Kiev and threw a Molotov cocktail against its walls, in the wake of the attack that brought down the transport plane in Ukraine's restive east.

The United States accused Russia of helping the insurgency by sending tanks and rocket launchers to the pro-Moscow rebels in the former Soviet republic - a charge the Kremlin denied.

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