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Pro-Russian militants in Ukraine defy government threats

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Pro-Russian activists use tires to make barricades in front of the city government headquarters in Makeyevka, about five kilometers (about 3 miles) from Donetsk, Ukraine.

DONETSK, Ukraine — Defiant pro-Russian militants here in eastern Ukraine pushed this country to the brink of war or dissolution Monday, expanding their hold while the acting president failed to make headway in trying to end the crisis.

After an ultimatum to the militants was ignored, the acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, first vowed to rout them by force, then held out the offer of a referendum to decide Ukraine's fate, then proposed a peacekeeping intervention by t

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