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    Kyiv ultimatum to pro-Russian militia to disarm expires

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    Russia has warned Ukraine not to use military force against pro-Moscow protesters in eastern Ukraine.

    A presidential decree issued by acting President Oleksander Turchynov calling on Russian militants to disarm and leave occupied government buildings or face full scale “anti-terrorist” action has now passed.

    World leaders fear a dangerous escalation as clashes spread in eastern Ukraine.

    Authorities in Kyiv are determined not to allow a repetition of what happened in Crimea, annexed by Russia last month.

    Moscow has warned they will protect the regions pro-Russian communities.

    The US has called on Moscow to explain the build-up of a well armed force of some 40,000 personal along the Ukraine border.