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Ukraine Tensions Escalate as Russia, U.S. Exchange Barbs

Russia and the U.S. traded barbs at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to leave buildings they occupied amid escalating violence in eastern Ukraine.

Russia called the meeting after protests escalated near Slovyansk, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the Russian frontier. Camouflaged gunmen fired on Kiev government troops in an anti-terror operation, killing one serviceman and wounding five, the Ukrainian government said. There were no reports of Ukrainian forces moving on the buildings after a 9 a.m. deadline to free them set by acting President Oleksandr Turchynov passed.