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Russian tanks and troops roll into southeastern Ukraine




Russian soldiers prepare to fire their Msta-S self-propelled howitzer during military exercises in the southern Russia's Volgograd region, on April 2, 2014. Russian troops deployed close to the Ukrainian border will return to base after completing their exercises, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today. NATO said yesterday it had stepped back from a floated idea to reinforce the alliance's military presence in countries bordering Russia, preferring for now to suspend cooperation with Moscow and give more time to talks.
Russian soldiers prepare to fire their Msta-S self-propelled howitzer during military exercises in the southern Russia's Volgograd region, on April 2, 2014. Russian troops deployed close to the Ukrainian border will return to base after completing their exercises, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today. NATO said yesterday it had stepped back from a floated idea to reinforce the alliance's military presence in countries bordering Russia, preferring for now to suspend cooperation with Moscow and give more time to talks.
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In Ukraine, more than 2,000 people have died since fighting broke out in the spring between Ukrainians and pro-Russian rebels. This morning, Russian tanks rolled into the southeastern region of the country.

Ukrainian and NATO officials report that troops have entered the country as well. We turn to the BBC's Europe Editor Dina Newman to find out what's going on there.