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Ukraine-Russia tension rises over separatist powers, expulsions

Ukraine-Russia tension rises over separatist powers, expulsions

While fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists has ground down lately into a war of slow attrition, tension between Moscow and Kiev has been rising over diplomatic expulsions and unfulfilled conditions of a five-month-old peace plan. The Ukrainian government Friday expelled Russia's consul general from the Black Sea port of Odessa, declaring the envoy, Valery Shibeko, "persona non grata" after the Security Service of Ukraine accused him of "actions incompatible with diplomatic activity." "The security service will continue to identify foreigners who work against our government using their diplomatic...

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