WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Putin denounces Ukraine’s leaders for using army to quell pro-Russia separatism in SE oblasts, refers to Kiev’s “grave crime,” “dragging country into abyss” (conveniently ignoring multiple Soviet/Russian “interventions” in CEE, Afghanistan, N. Caucasus during, after Cold War); concedes State Duma authorized use of Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine, but laments: “I really hope that I do not have to exercise this right”; admits for first time uniformed Russian soldiers without insignia involved in Crimean takeover; adds: Ukraine has one month to settle US$2.2 billion natural gas bill before prepayment regime kicks in; Communist Party of Ukraine boss hopeful 4-party talks in Geneva will resolve separatist crisis, Symonenko deplores use of army “against Ukrainian citizens,” annoyed by secret arrival of CIA director in Kiev last weekend; White House admits Brennan met with Ukrainian counterparts, denies advising Turchynov, Yatseniuk on tactical counter-insurgency ops

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