Ukraine sends elite force to Odessa
Ukraine sent an elite national guard unit to its southern port of Odessa, desperate to halt a spread of the fighting between government troops and a pro-Russia militia in the east that killed combatants on both sides Monday.


The government in Kiev intensified its attempts to bring both regions back under its control afterclashes killed 46 people Friday, many of them in a government building that was set on fire.


The loss of Odessa in addition to a swath of industrial eastern Ukraine would be catastrophic for the interim government in Kiev, leaving the country cut off from the Black Sea. (AP)