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US Vice President Joe Biden was to begin a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday amid Russian "outrage" over a deadly weekend shootout in the rebel east that shattered a fragile Easter truce. Washington has warned Moscow that time is running out for the implementation of an accord signed along with Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva last Thursday that was meant to ease tensions in the crisis-hit country. Moscow in turn has warned that it will not tolerate further US sanctions if the deal falls apart, while stressing that it has tens of thousands of troops massed on Ukraine's doorstep. The United States and its NATO allies have bolstered military deployments in eastern Europe.
Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and the nation's longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule. He died in hospital in Yangon early Monday, National League for Democracy party spokesman Nyan Win told AFP. A towering figure within the democracy movement, Win Tin formed the NLD with Aung San Suu Kyi in 1988 in the wake of a student-led pro-democracy uprising.