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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
04:42 PM ET

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

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

(CNN) – U.S. officials Thursday denounced what one called a "grotesque" leaflet ordering Jews in one eastern Ukrainian city to register with a government office, but the Jewish community there dismissed it as a "provocation," adding their relations between Jews and locals were amicable.

The fliers were handed out by masked men in front the main synagogue in Donetsk, where pro-Russian protesters have declared a "People's Republic" in defiance of the pro-Western government in Kiev, a statement issued by Jewish leaders in Donetsk. They warned the city's Jews to register and document their property or face deportation, according to a CNN translation of one of the leaflets.

Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that a respected Jewish leader in Ukraine showed him a photograph of one of the leaflets and called it "chilling." In Geneva, where diplomats held emergency talks on the Ukrainian crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called them "grotesque" and "beyond unacceptable."
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April 17th, 2014
04:20 PM ET

Ukraine crisis: Possibility 'that diplomacy may deescalate the situation,' Obama says

(CNN) – When it comes to the crisis in Ukraine, "I don't think we can be sure of anything. I think there is the possibility, the prospect, that diplomacy may deescalate the situation," President Barack Obama said Thursday at the daily White House news conference when asked about a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, between top officials from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.

He said there was "a promising public statement" to disarm all groups that have been occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine, and the Russians have signed on to that statement.

"We're not going to know whether there is follow-through on these statements for several days," Obama said.

The President stressed that he has emphasized to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States will continue to uphold the basic principles of sovereignty of all countries.

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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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