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The German diplomat Zillikens Klaus has expressed concern in the Kremlin critical radio station Ekho Moskvy on the tense situation in eastern Ukraine. It is the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) not an easy operation, said the former consul general in Donetsk in the interview broadcast on Sunday. The most important thing is now to rebuild trust. Zillikens directs accordingly, the OSCE Mission in Donetsk region, which is controlled in part by pro-Russian forces.

Pope Francis has called on Easter Sunday to peace initiatives for Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere in the world. The Catholic Church leader joined the traditional blessing "Urbi et Orbi" ("The city and punish the world") this year with wishes for peace Venezuela, Central Africa and Southern Sudan.

After a deadly shootout near the eastern Ukrainian city Slavjansk Russia has accused Ukraine of a violation of the Geneva agreement to defuse the crisis. The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on Sunday in a statement outraged and spoke of a "provocation." The incident show the "lack of willingness of the authorities in Kiev, nationalists and extremists to rein in and disarm." According to the Ministry was killed in an attack by armed men from the "right sector" near Slavjansk an undisclosed number of innocent civilians. A Russian state TV channels according to it was an attack on a checkpoint pro-Russian separatists.

Near the eastern Ukrainian city Slavyansk several people have been killed in a shootout at a checkpoint pro-Russian separatists. The Russian state broadcaster Rossiya 24 on Sunday spoke of five dead. He reported, citing its correspondent in Slavyansk, gunmen had shot at the checkpoint. In the battle three separatists were killed and two of the attackers. Separatists said they had been attacked. A Reuters television reporter, however, reports of two bodies at the checkpoint, one with gunshot wounds in the head. One of the dead was thus riot gear, the other civilian clothes. The police investigate the case on the spot.

In an exchange of fire with Slavjansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday morning, four people have been killed. As a leader of the pro-Russian militias Wyatscheslaw Ponomarev, told journalists that it came at a roadblock in the village Bilbasiwk east of Slavjansk to the shooting. It had been killed three pro-Russian fighter and one of the attackers.

The Easter celebrations have not brought peace between Ukraine and Russia: The Kiev Patriarch Filaret conjured on Saturday in his Easter message, God's help in the "resurrection" of Ukraine and assured the Russian "enemy" is doomed to failure. The Moscow Patriarch Kirill, however, called on the faithful in Christ the Savior Cathedral to pray that the "Holy Russia" will not be destroyed.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has condemned the distribution of anti-Jewish leaflets by pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine sharp. Yatsenyuk said in an interview with the U.S. television network NBC, which was to be sent on Sunday that he would urge the Ukrainian security services to find "these bastards" as soon as possible and bring them to justice. The incident had occurred on Tuesday in front of a synagogue in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Russian intelligence agencies advertise in Germany according to a newspaper report massively informants from politics and economy. The aim of the Russian agent was to get about employees of the Bundestag and the ministries of sensitive information to foreign and economic policy as well as armaments projects, the newspaper reported, "Welt am Sonntag", citing decisions of the Constitutional protection. Thus, the agents would specifically target potentially interesting staff members, foundations and government departments to elicit sensitive information.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has spoken out against it, the conflict with Russia to Ukraine to heat up with the threat of further sanctions. "I sometimes wish that the same commitment that is applied in the sanctions debate, even in the prevention of further escalations stocks," Steinmeier said the "Bild am Sonntag". "The sanctions debate, we have continued to take out all the detail." Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen had threatened economic sanctions again at the weekend Russia.

Russia is preparing, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov before any military intervention in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin had indeed can give a power of attorney in order to protect Russian citizens in the crisis-ridden country, if necessary, the spokesman said on Saturday in the Russian state television. However, Russia to take "anything, what would attest invasion plans," Peskov said. More on this topic arzq.com

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