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US welcomes moves by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine
White House welcomes moves by pro-Russian insurgents to leave Ukrainian government buildings
Associated Press
2014-05-17 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is welcoming moves by pro-Russian insurgents to leave government buildings they had seized in eastern Ukraine.

Spokesman Jay Carney calls it a "welcome development."

Local patrols by steelworkers have forced the pro-Russian insurgents to pull out of the government buildings they had seized in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol . The move is a setback to forces that have established footholds in eastern Ukraine and are opposed to the interim Ukrainian government in Kiev.

Carney says a halt to destabilizing activities, such as the seizure of buildings, is a good development in the tense situation between Ukraine and Russia.

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