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Ukraine Crisis Risks Spinning Out of Control, Power Says

United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samantha Power holds a press conference on September 3, 2014 in New York City.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samantha Power holds a press conference on September 3, 2014 in New York City.

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The Ukrainian conflict may spiral out of control, a top U.S. diplomat said, as European leaders remained split over imposing deeper sanctions on Russia for backing a separatist rebellion in the former Soviet republic.

Russia must stop violating a Sept. 5 cease-fire agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told journalists yesterday, citing a growing number of military convoys in Ukraine’s rebel-held regions and increased shelling of the Donetsk airport. Ukraine’s foreign minister said his country is prepared to defend itself after NATO warned Russia was sending combat troops across its border. Russian President Vladimir Putin denies military involvement.