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Putin denies interfering in Ukraine as insurgents gain ground

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Russian President Vladimir Putin denied involvement Monday with pro-Russian insurgents gaining ground in eastern Ukraine, but an unconvinced European Union expanded its sanctions on officials accused of trying to break up the ex-Soviet country. 

Pro-Russia protester wearing gas masks storm a regional police building as one prepares a petrol bomb in the eastern Ukrainian city of Horlivka (Gorlovka), near Donetsk, on April 14, 2014

Putin told US President Barack Obama that Russia was not sponsoring the Kalashnikov-toting separatists who have seized a string of key state buildings in eastern Ukraine, and that "such speculations are based on unfounded information", according to a Kremlin account of a phone call between the two leaders.

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