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Ukraine Latest: Russia Says Seized US Soldiers Could Face Death

Ukrainian soldiers inspect a destroyed warehouse targeted by Russian forced on the outskirts of Lysychansk, eastern Ukrainian.

Ukrainian soldiers inspect a destroyed warehouse targeted by Russian forced on the outskirts of Lysychansk, eastern Ukrainian.

Photographer: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said two US veterans captured in Ukraine could face the death penalty, adding that the Geneva Conventions likely don’t apply as Moscow doesn’t consider the men part of the national army.

The European Union’s 27 member states are set to formally grant Ukraine candidate status later this week in the first -- but highly symbolic -- step on the long path to becoming an EU member.