Pro-Russia supporters beat a pro-Western activist who lies on the stairs during a pro Russian rally in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/ Olga Ivashchenko)
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Ukraine's acting president Sunday accused Russia of waging war in his country's separatist east and declared the launch of a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" that left at least two dead.Russia's Foreign Ministry responded by saying the West should bring its allies in Ukraine's government under control.Russia has since massed around 40,000 soldiers along Ukraine's eastern frontier and threatened to halt its neighbor's gas supplies over unpaid bills – a cutoff that would impact at least 18 EU nations and potentially lead to further retaliation against the Kremlin.Saturday's attacks were especially unsettling for both Kiev and Western leaders because of their marked similarity to events leading up to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula last month. Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced the launch of a counterstrike against the armed separatists in the eastern Donetsk region early Sunday morning.Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited one local protester as saying that a civilian had also been killed and two others injured.
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