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US praises 'measured' approach of Kiev's forces in east Ukraine

Published on Apr 16, 2014 1:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House said Tuesday that Ukraine faces an "untenable" situation over separatist uprisings in the east and described its military operation against pro-Russia militants as "measured."

White House spokesman Jay Carney preached restraint and "all due caution," but said the Ukrainian government had a "responsibility" to safeguard law and order.

Ukraine's leaders sent tanks and troops towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday, in response to the seizure of government buildings by pro-Russian gunmen.

Ukrainian forces set up a cement road barrier and begun checking traffic leading to Slavyansk, an economically depressed industrial city of 100,000 that has effectively been under separatist control since Saturday.

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