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Ukraine Fighting Eases as Putin Blames Kyiv for Hostilities

Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russia-backed rebels eased Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Kyiv for a week of intense clashes that threatened to unravel a shaky cease-fire. Putin, on a visit to Russia-annexed Crimea, claimed Ukrainian troops and hardware are massing in the southeast.  Russian media quoted Putin as saying he hoped the situation in east Ukraine would not deteriorate into large-scale clashes. Ukrainian military spokesman...

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