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US troubled by new Ukraine violence

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Thursday expressed new concerns about rising violence in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of a military helicopter by pro-Russian rebels battling the government.

The White House and State Department both said a de-escalation of the crisis was imperative and called on Russia to exert pressure on the separatists to get them to end the fighting and release a group of international monitors who have been detained in eastern Ukraine since earlier this week.

"We are disturbed by the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. While the U.S. has not been able to verify what happened to the helicopter, he said, "We are concerned that this indicates separatists continue to have access to advanced weaponry and other assistance from the outside."

Ukraine's acting president said earlier Thursday that 12 troops died when rebels shot down a military helicopter in Slovyansk using a portable air defense missile.

Even before the incident, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday to reiterate U.S. concerns about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, the State Department said.

Kerry raised with Lavrov reports of Chechen fighters crossing into Ukraine to join the separatists, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Kerry "pressed Foreign Minister Lavrov to end all support for separatists, denounce their actions and call on them to lay down their arms," she said.

"Our broad view, as you know, is that de-escalation is the proper path forward," Psaki added, although she said she was not aware of concerns that Ukrainian security forces were using disproportionate means to quell the fighting as some Russians have alleged.

Carney and Psaki also said it was unacceptable that insurgents have detained four observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. They demanded their immediate release.

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twalsh4440 May 29 2014 at 7:05 PM

Huff Post Sucks

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Drew May 29 2014 at 7:50 PM

There's WORSE VIOLENCE in most Democratic-Party-Ruled cities in USA, such as Detroit, Newark, Baltimore, Wash. D.C. and Chicago. Alot more people are killed by violence here in USA in Dem. Party "welfare collecting enabling cities", that vote for Obaama. So why doesn't he send troops to Dem. Party Controlled Crime-Cesspools such as those cities and Atlanta.

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fredyacht1 May 29 2014 at 7:54 PM

White house doesn't have a clue about foreign policy

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bbh907 May 29 2014 at 6:50 PM

Be disturbed and concerned all you want. Just keep us out of it.Not our fight.

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tomidesmar May 29 2014 at 6:55 PM

Dear AOL: The Obama administration should mind their own business about Ukraine. Just butt out since there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. What are you willing to do about it? Start a war with Russia?

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fenwaypark9 May 29 2014 at 7:46 PM

Obama will get us involved here to take the spotlight off of his latest scandal....VA killing our vets.

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aiarce May 29 2014 at 6:51 PM

This is what happens when we (the US) express support for the Ukrainian coup.

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turqea.blue May 29 2014 at 6:49 PM

Will it ever be possible to have a world without War?

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juststeve35 May 29 2014 at 6:51 PM

Oh c'mon...

You folks and your talks about Russia being behind these acts.

Doesn't every spontaneous riot of concerned citizens come armed with RPGs and anti-air/armor weapons?

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greatbirdusa May 30 2014 at 9:19 AM

Obama has just announced - "I'm mad as hell"...
Most agree with him - but for different reasons...!

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arnold.smith2027 greatbirdusa May 30 2014 at 9:43 AM

Huff Post does stink and Putin is simply executing his original plan of occupation. President Barry is again brushing off action with items such as Benghazi, IRS, NSA, DOJ, Lois Lerner, Obama care failures, Domestic growth, unemployment with the aide of the kiss up Carney and Beckle on 'The Five'.....

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