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Russia follows through, shuts out West's food

Battles rage in east Ukraine

Posted: August 8, 2014 at 3:25 a.m.

Special forces police battalion officers detain an activist during a clash in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The unrest had started earlier Thursday, after the Kiev authorities attempt to dismantle some of the barricades. Activists confronted city workers attempting to clear a central square, lighting tires on fire in protest against the city government's move.

MOSCOW -- Russia struck back at U.S. and European Union sanctions with a ban on a range of food Thursday as Ukrainian troops pressed the attack on pro-Russia rebels in a bid to drive them out of their last strongholds in eastern Ukraine.

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