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No Dice: Ukraine Separatists Stay Put Despite Deal

09-08-2014
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Pro-Russian insurgents in east Ukraine now say they will vacate government buildings in more than 10 cities but only if the interim government resigns.

On Friday, Ukraine's prime minister said the government will grant amnesty to all who choose to lay down their weapons and leave.

The separatists said, however, they don't recognize the current administration in Kiev as legitimate.

This latest twist comes after the United States and European Union brokered a surprise agreement Thursday aimed at de-escalating the violence in eastern Ukraine that's threatening to topple the new government in Kiev.

The deal temporarily tables economic sanctions the West had planned to impose on Moscow should the talks prove fruitless.

Still, the Obama administration remained skeptical.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned that words on paper "will have little meaning if they are not followed by actions on all sides to calm the situation in the former Soviet Republic."

"All illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners," Kerry said. "All illegally occupied streets, squares, and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated."

"My hope is that we actually do see follow-through over the next several days," President Barack Obama said. "But I don't think given past performance that we can count on that."

Currently, the Pro-Russia militiamen are showing no sign of relenting.

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