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Ukraine Pushes On With Offensive as Russia Warns on Vote

Ukraine pushed on with an operation to flush separatists from their eastern holdouts as the top U.S. and U.K. diplomats raised the prospect of punishing Russia with industrywide sanctions if this month’s election is undermined.

“If Russia or its proxies disrupt the elections,” the U.S. and its allies “will impose sectoral economic sanctions as a result,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in London today after meeting his counterparts from the U.K., Italy, France and Germany. Separatists “are literally sowing mayhem,” seeking to “speak for everyone through the barrel of a gun.”