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Russian Bombers, Fighter Jets Over Crimea

Simferopol (Undefined) (AFP) – Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said.

According to Russian media, President Vladimir Putin is poised to visit Crimea on Friday after overseeing the main military parade on Red Square when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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Chaos in Southern Ukraine: Deadly Gun Fights, Choppers Down

Deadly street fighting, helicopters shot down and civilians being used as human shields.

That was the picture that emerged Friday in southern Ukraine as violence escalated amid reports that dozens of people were killed in a fire and still more were shot dead or wounded in street fighting, raising the question of whether the country can stave off a possible civil war.

The violence — pitting pro-Russian separatists against Ukrainian forces and those who support the government in Kiev — prompted an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, with Russia demanding an end to what it called Ukrainian aggression and Western powers accusing Moscow of funding the violence.

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McCain, Graham Press Obama: Where Were You During Benghazi?

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) wrote to Obama Friday to ask him simply: Where were you during the Benghazi attack?

They referenced ex-National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Tommy Vietor’s appearance on the Fox News Channel Thursday evening, when Vietor said on national television that President Obama was not in the Situation Room at the White House during the Benghazi attack. The reason Vietor said he knew Obama wasn’t in the situation room was that he himself was there.

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Russia Warns of Catastrophic Events in Ukraine

Ukraine has launched a military assault on the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, raising the stakes in the showdown with Russia, which has promised “catastrophic consequences” if Kiev stepped up operations.

Insurgents shot down two army helicopters, killing two servicemen, including a pilot, as the army tightened its noose around the rebel-held town of 160,000 people.

The predawn offensive drew a sharp response from Moscow, where a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said it dealt a “final blow” to a deal clinched last month in Geneva meant to ease the crisis.

A spokeswoman for insurgents in Slavyansk, the epicentre of tensions in eastern Ukraine, said the army had staged a “full-scale attack” on the town.

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