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Key developments related to the Ukraine conflict

The Associated PressSeptember 2, 2014

Fighting in Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine government forces has dragged on since April, a month after Russia annexed Crimea. The clashes have claimed more than 2,500 lives and displaced at least 340,000 others. Russia denies accusations by Ukraine and Western powers that it has been arming and supporting the separatists.

Here is a list of recent key developments.

— An attack on fleeing Ukrainian troops on Sunday left military vehicles in charred piles and dozens reportedly dead, following an ambush by Russian-backed separatist forces. Estimates on the death toll ranged from more than 100 to dozens. Associated Press reporters saw at least 11 bodies over a two-day period.

— A leaked report said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said President Vladimir Putin told him that Russia could take over Kiev “in two weeks” if it wished. Putin’s foreign policy adviser said the remarks were “taken out of context and carried a completely different meaning.”

— On Monday, 10 Russian paratroopers were captured in eastern Ukraine. At least two others were killed and an unspecified number were wounded. Russian officials, including Putin, said the captured paratroopers had gotten lost and wandered over the border by mistake.

— On Wednesday, Obama will make a symbolic show of Western support for the Baltic countries by traveling to Estonia, before he heads to a NATO summit in Wales. The Thursday conference seeks to create a rapid-response military team to counter the Russian threat.

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