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Crisis in Ukraine

Ukraine's new leader hammers rebels while promising diplomacy

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Ukrainian forces continued fighting Tuesday with pro-Russian separatists who tried to take over the Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine on Monday. Hours before the assault began, Ukraine's newly elected president, Petro Poroshenko, had promised to negotiate an end to the Ukraine crisis, but said he would never talk with "terrorists." A Donetsk separatist leader said 50 of his militiamen had died in the assault, adding, "This is war."