Diplomatic efforts to contain the crisis tearing Ukraine apart intensified Tuesday as government forces stepped up an offensive around a town held by pro-Russian rebels, suffering heavy casualties and the loss of a helicopter gunship.
Pro-Russian militiants escort a man with his eyes covered outside the regional state building they seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 5, 2014
Thirty foreign ministers -- including from Russia and Ukraine -- were set to discuss the escalating violence at a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon offered to help negotiate a solution before the crisis "spins out of control".
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