Government troops are advancing on pro-Russian militia in eastern Ukraine.
Government is desperate to stop fighting between its troops and pro-Russian militia in its southern port city.
They had been held by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine for over a week.
Ukraine launched an offensive against pro-Russian forces; officials say a fire in the southern port city of Odessa killed 31 people.
Pro-Russian militants stormed government buildings in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in eastern Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says western nations want to seize control of Ukraine because of their own political ambitions as tensions rise between pro-Russian gunmen and Ukrainian troops. Ukrainian acting prime minister says Russian wants to start World War III.
In Tokyo, Obama accuses Moscow of doing nothing to decrease tensions in the region.
President Obama calls elections an “important milestone.”
Cruz says Hamid Aboutalebi was part of the student group that took Americans hostage in 1979.
President is considering allowing portable missile launchers to help Syrian rebels.