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Ukraine Receives First Tranche of Russian Bailout

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Russia told Ukraine on Tuesday it had transferred the first $3 billion tranche of a $15 billion bailout, part of plans to keep Kyiv firmly within Moscow's orbit and out of the European Union's embrace.   President Vladimir Putin offered Ukraine the lifeline last week, along with a big cut in the price Kiev pays for vital Russian gas supplies, as he tries to persuade Russia's Slavic neighbor to join a customs union of ex-Soviet republics.   “Yesterday... the first...

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