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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warns Russia Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine, offering a show of support for the besieged nation. (April 22)

SHOTLIST:

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Kiev, Ukraine - 22 April 2014

1. Wide, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at meeting with members of Parliament

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US Vice President: (Transcript below)

3. Biden and interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk entering news conference

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US Vice President: (Transcript below)

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 22 April 2014

5. Wide, barricades

6. Pro-Russian protesters at the barricades one with Russian flag on shoulders

7. Close-up Russian flag

8. Pro-Russian protesters in military outfits arriving at the barricades

9. Close-up pro-Russian protesters chanting

10. Close-up pro-Ukrainian demonstrators

11. Various, two protest groups

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Slovyansk, Ukraine

12. Various, funeral services being held

13. Wide, people leaving service

14. Close-up name on cross

15. Mid, masked men leading unknown man away from funeral

16. Wide, people applauding

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

AFTER SHOWING U.S. SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE WHILE IN KIEV ...

(SOT: Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President)

"We are not suggesting we have the answers for you but we're merely suggesting that we stand ready to stand with you ..."

VISITING VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN DELIVERED A STARK WARNING TO RUSSIA ...

(SOT: Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President)

"Now its time for Russia to stop talking and start acting. Act on the commitments that they made to get pro Russian separatists to vacate buildings and check points; Accept amnesty and address their grievances politically. // We need to see these kinds of concrete steps, we need to see them without delay. "

BUT, IN UKRAINE'S EASTERN DONETSK REGION PRO-RUSSIAN MILITIAS CONTINUE TO CONTROL GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS IN AT LEAST 10 TOWNS.

A STAND-OFF CONTINUES IN THE CITY OF DONETSK WHERE THE PRO-RUSSIAN DEMONSTRATORS FACE DOWN PRO-KIEV PROTESTERS.

THE TWO SIDES JEERED AND SHOUTED AT EACH OTHER TUESDAY BUT NO VIOLENCE WAS REPORTED.

(Nats)

MEANWHILE, HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS ATTENDED THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF THREE PRO-RUSSIAN MEN WHO WERE KILLED ON EASTER SUNDAY SHOOTOUT AT A CHECKPOINT NEAR THE CITY OF SLOVYANSK.

RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY IS BLAMING MILITANT UKRAINIAN NATIONALISTS FOR SUNDAY'S ATTACK, WHILE THE UKRAINIAN SECURITY SERVICE SAID IT WAS STAGED BY PROVOCATEURS FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY.

MASKED GUNMEN ATTENDED THE CEREMONY ON TUESDAY THAT HAILED THE VICTIMS AS HEROES OF THE SEPARATIST DRIVE.

TRACY BROWN/Associated Press

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