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Pro-Russian armed men walk past activists hanging up a "Donetsk Republic" flag outside the mayor's office in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, April 21, 2014.

Video Biden Arrives in Ukraine as Tensions Remain High in Country's East

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A pro-Russia gunman is seen at a checkpoint, after a shootout near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, April 20, 2014.

Video Ukraine Shootout Casts Doubt on Geneva Deal

Deadly incident comes on heels of accord to defuse tensions in country's east; Kyiv, Moscow accuse each other of fomenting unrest More

Pope Francis incenses the faithful as he arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Photogallery Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria

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A Ukrainian Orthodox priest conducts a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on April 20, 2014.

Easter Messages From Russia, Ukraine Reveal Divide

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French Journalists Freed From Captivity in Syria

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Video Ukraine Shootout Casts Doubt on Geneva Deal

A deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine has cast doubt on the viability of Thursday’s Geneva accord between Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union aimed at pacifying Ukraine’s restive eastern territories. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, although much is unclear about Sunday’s gun battle at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists, the incident shattered an Easter truce and appeared to dash already-scant hopes for a swift end to the unrest.