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US says OK for Ukraine to restore order, praises Kiev's "restraint"

Published on Apr 17, 2014 4:46 AM

ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (REUTERS) - The White House on Wednesday said it was appropriate for the Ukraine government to take action to restore law and order and urged it to continue to do so in a measured and responsible way.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters travelling on Air Force One that Kiev had responded with "admirable restraint"to destabilising actions in the country by armed pro-Moscow separatists.

Tensions have continued to build in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militiamen have seized control of official buildings despite government threats of a crackdown.

Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

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