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Putin says Kiev's use of army against separatists a 'grave crime'
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into eastern Ukraine instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime."

 

In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin said crisis talks being held in Geneva were "very important" and urged the government in Kiev to sit down to talks with Russian-speaking communities in the east of the country.

 

He said claims that Russian forces were present in east Ukraine were "rubbish". (Reuters)