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U.S. Backs Ukraine Military Action in East Region

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The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists. 
 
White House spokesman Jay Carney says such action isn't the preferred option, but that the Ukrainian government has to respond to what he says is an untenable situation. 
 
In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, the government said special forces on Tuesday recaptured a small airport that had been occupied by militiamen. Ukraine's acting president had earlier announced an "anti-terrorist operation" against insurgents who have seized control of numerous buildings in the country's east. 
 
Carney says the Ukrainian government has to respond because of its responsibility to maintain law and order.
 
The U.S. continues to support economic and diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions between Russia and Ukraine. 

Meanwhile, Ukraine's government says it has secured a small airport in eastern Ukraine, after clashing with about 30 gunmen there.
 
The clash came hours after Ukraine's acting president announced an "anti-terrorist operation" against the armed, pro-Russian insurgents who had seized control of a number of buildings in at least nine cities in eastern Ukraine.
 
Ukraine's government says the insurgents are being stirred up by paid operatives from Russia. They are demanding closer ties with Moscow -- and many local security forces have switched to their side. 
 
Today's clashes came at an airport just south of the city of Slovyansk. The city has come under the increasing control of the gunmen who seized it last weekend. 
 
There are conflicting reports of casualties. The coordinator of a pro-Russian defense force says two people were slightly hurt. Russian media claim anywhere from four to 11 casualties at the airport. Ukraine's government says there were none.  (AP)

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