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(CNN) – The government of Ukraine claims five people, including a toddler, were killed by mortar-fire from pro-Russian rebels, as Russia continues to send troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine.
CNN's Phil Black reports.
Hrabove, Ukraine (CNN) - Pro-Russian officials also were expected to hand over Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes Monday night, according to Sergei Kavtaradze, special representative to the self-declared rebel Prime Minister in Donetsk, Alexander Borodai.
Sevastopol, Crimea (CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Crimea on Friday to take part in Victory Day celebrations in Sevastopol, in what is his first visit to the disputed territory since Russia annexed it from Ukraine.
The President arrived in the port of Sevastopol by sea, in an event televised by Russian state TV, and watched while flanked by senior officers as Russian warships took part in a naval display in the Black Sea.
The military parades, held each year to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany, come amid soaring tensions in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are planning a weekend referendum on autonomy.
Kharkiv, Ukraine (CNN) - An "anti-terrorist operation" is under way in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region against pro-Russia protesters, Kiev declared on Tuesday, with armored personnel carriers seen on the road in the restive area.
Twenty-four hours after a Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the protesters to lay down their arms, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told Parliament the operation would be "conducted step by step, responsibly, cautiously."
CNN's Jake Tapper and Phil Black discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement defending the invasion of Ukraine.