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Kiev hosts 'unity' talks as Russia warns of civil war

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Ukraine's embattled leaders vowed Wednesday they would not bow to "blackmail" by pro-Russian rebels waging an insurgency in the east as Kiev launched round-table talks under a Western-backed push to prevent the country falling apart. 

This handout picture released on May 14, 2014 shows Ukrainian interim president Oleksandr Turchynov (centre) flanked by Ukrainian interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (2nd left) during crisis talks in Kiev

The so-called national unity discussions -- which crucially do not involve the insurgents -- were held barely 10 days before Ukraine holds a presidential election on May 25 that the West is scrambling to keep alive.

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