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Numerous reports indicate that a virtual state of war continues to plague northern Tamaulipas, with blocked roads and running gun battles in city streets and confrontations on the roads between Matamoros and Reynosa. Many media sources indicate that it is a war between factions of the Gulf Cartel and the military which have led to this newest outbreak of violence. Scores of gunmen and some civilians are said to have died in the last three days. The military forces, as usual, claims that they have suffered no casualties in the mayhem. The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros has issued advisories to its employees and American citizens to stay away from both cities and not to venture out on the roads.
KYIV, Ukraine — Carrying a peace plan that reportedly incorporates proposals from Russia, the leaders of Germany and France met Thursday with Ukrainian Petro Poroshenko in a hastily arranged mission to bring an end to the accelerated fighting in the east of the country.
The trip by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, who will follow by meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday in Moscow, came as concerns rose about whether the U.S. would grant lethal aid to Ukraine and as NATO formed a quick-reaction force of 5,000 soldiers in response to Russia’s increased military muscle-flexing.
The meeting with Poroshenko ended late Thursday and Hollande and Merkel left the presidential offices without comment. Details of their plan remained unclear, although Poroshenko said at the start of the meeting that it raised hopes for calling a quick cease-fire.
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Kiev, Ukraine (CNN)Responding to Russian leaders’ repeated denials of military involvement in his country, Ukraine’s Prime Minister sarcastically offered Thursday to “give them my glasses” to see for themselves.
“It is crystal clear that (the) Russian military is on the ground,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a press conference in Kiev alongside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Ukrainian leaders.
“We are not fighting so-called rebels or guerrillas,” Yatsenyuk said. “We are fighting with the Russian regular army.”
Kerry urged that Russia find a peaceful end to the devastating conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying the biggest threat Ukraine faces is “Russia’s continued aggression” there.
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