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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

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April 17th, 2014
02:06 PM ET

'Chilling' anti-Semitic leaflets handed out in eastern Ukraine, U.S. says

Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on CNN at 4p.m. for more of our interview with Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham, CNN

(CNN) - "Chilling" leaflets warning Jews to register and document their property with the pro-Russian government that has claimed power in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are "the real deal," the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Thursday.

The ambassador, Geoffrey Pyatt, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that a respected Jewish leader in Ukraine showed him a photograph of one of the leaflets. It was not clear who was behind the pamphlet, and CNN reporters in Ukraine have not seen one.
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April 16th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Expert: Russia's propaganda worse now than at height of Cold War

(CNN) – If there's one thing the communists really excelled at, beyond murdering millions of people, it was propaganda.

The Soviets turned indoctrination into an art form that's still appreciated by some today as just that.

From Crimea to the tense standoff in eastern Ukraine, it is clear Moscow is taking a page from those old masters and bringing the fight to the airwaves.

Three different Russian television channels reportedly aired three versions of an interview with the same man, identified three very different ways: as a German spy, a repentant extremist, and a pediatric surgeon, according to a report by Forbes.

"I was there in 1968, a teenager in Moscow, and I don't recall the level of propaganda reaching this amount of frenzy, and brazenness, and hysteria," says Leon Aron, director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

For more of our interview with Aron, check out the video above.

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April 16th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Ukraine crisis: Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) – Pro-Russian militants appeared to tighten their grip on Ukraine's eastern town of Slaviansk on Wednesday as Ukrainian military forces massed nearby in an uneasy standoff.

On a day of fast-moving events in the restive region, officials in Transnistria, a separatist region in Moldova on Kiev's other border, turned to Moscow for recognition - taking example from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine last month.

In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slaviansk.

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April 16th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

MH370 passengers' families release unanswered questions

(CNN) – Families of some of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers released a list of questions Wednesday that they said authorities have so far not answered.

Many of the 26 questions focus on technical issues involving emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, and "black boxes." With an apparent in-depth understanding of how these work, the families ask about the specific technology on the missing plane.

ELTs are designed to activate after a crash and send a signal to a frequency monitored by air traffic controllers. "Black boxes," or voice and data recorders, could shed light on what went on in the plane's cockpit and other crucial flight information.

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April 16th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Underwater search slows pace of Flight 370 investigation

(CNN) – Now that the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has moved underwater,
investigators are at the mercy of the walking pace of the robo-sub being used, the Bluefin-21.

Retired Naval oceanographer Van Gurley, and CNN analyst and ocean search specialist Rob McCallum weigh in on the expected technical setbacks, and upcoming challenges.

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