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Putin’s Ukraine move shows wariness of overplaying hand

 Vladimir Putin’s call for pro-Moscow separatists to postpone an independence referendum in eastern Ukraine shows the Russian president has achieved as much as he can for now without taking the potentially catastrophic step of sending in troops. The Russian president’s assertion that he has withdrawn forces from the Ukraine border – the White House says

Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine

 Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said “radicals” were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city. Unknown “separatists” brandishing arms