Far-right activists light flares during a protest in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
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Ukraine Tuesday slapped sanctions on Russian state-owned banks in the country, ratcheting up tensions with Moscow amid a bitter trade war with Kremlin-backed rebels in the east.Sberbank and VTB are among Ukraine's 15 largest lenders, with total assets of 68 billion hryvnia ($2.5 billion).Ex-Soviet neighbors Ukraine and Russia have been locked in a bitter feud since Moscow seized the Crimea peninsula in 2014 and was then accused of fueling a separatist conflict that has claimed some 10,000 lives.
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