Pro-Russia militants fire at Ukrainian border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, on June 2, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEY GAPON)
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The United States said Monday that Russia was continuing to support the pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine, despite U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing it for its alleged interference in its neighbor.Russia has insisted it is not destabilizing Ukraine and has demanded that Kiev halt its military operations in the eastern part of the country.Hundreds of armed insurgents attacked a border guards' camp in eastern Ukraine, and at least five rebels were killed in the ensuing clash, a spokesman for the guards said Monday. Britain has repeatedly condemned Russia over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and officials said the meeting with Putin did not signify a return to "business as usual" with Moscow.
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