A Ukrainian serviceman holds a flag of Ukraine and smokes at a military base in the Crimean town of Belbek, near Sevastopol, Ukraine March 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday supported deploying an international force to eastern Ukraine to help protect monitors observing the conflict, but Kiev rejected his plan.It should be restricted to operating on the "demarcation line" between Ukranian troops and Russian-backed rebels, and only deployed once heavy weaponry has been withdrawn, Putin said.The Kremlin chief ordered his foreign ministry to prepare a U.N. Security Council resolution on deploying the force. Some 600 international OSCE observers are on the ground in eastern Ukraine, but their presence has failed to stop fighting in a conflict that has killed 10,000 people since 2014 .
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