Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks during a meeting with the leaderships and with representatives of the industrial elite of the region in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY
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Ukraine's embattled premier on Friday vowed to give more powers to the country's regions in an effort to stamp out a separatist insurgency as a new gas war with Russia threatened European supplies.A similar occupation of the state security office of the hardscrabble eastern city of Lugansk has confronted the untested leaders with their biggest challenge since their February ouster of a Kremlin-backed president and decision to strike an alliance with the West.Yatsenyuk was more preoccupied on Friday with trying end a five-day seige by pro-Kremlin militants who have seized strategic buildings and exposed Kiev's limited sway over the heavily industrialised east.Yatsenyuk immediately addressed one of the protesters' most pressing concerns by promising never to limit the use of Russian in the region.Kiev has previously said it was ready to grant more powers to the regions while stopping well short of creating the federation sought by Russia.World Bank President Jim Yong Kim for his part warned Russia that sanctions and other repercussions could push Russia -- its economy already flatlining -- into recession by the end of the year.
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