Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.(AP/Charles Dharapak)
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The United States accused Russia of plotting to annex more of Ukraine's territory via a "bogus" referendum as Moscow rejected a new peace initiative ahead of talks with the pan-European OSCE.Western leaders including French President Francois Hollande warned that skirmishing in Ukraine's east could trigger all-out civil war, and see a May 25 presidential poll as crucial to hauling the country back from the brink. But pro-Moscow rebels plan their own vote Sunday in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, which US Secretary of State John Kerry said mirrored what happened with Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March when it voted to join Russia. If Moscow does not stop interfering in Ukraine and supporting pro-Russia separatists, the US will implement more sanctions, Glaser warned.As the two votes near, Ukraine's authorities are stepping up their offensive to crush rebels holed up in Slavyansk, the epicentre of the insurgency. Four members of the Ukrainian security forces were killed and 20 wounded there in fierce fighting on Monday, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.
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