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Russia's President Vladimir Putin says Russian troops have pulled back from Ukraine border, but the White House says there is no evidence of such a move. Putin also urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their autonomy referendum. (May 7)

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Moscow, Russia - 7 May 2014

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson-in-Office

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Joint Base Andrews, Maryland - 7 May 2014

2. Pan, U.S. President Barack Obama walks away from Marine One

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Moscow, Russia - 7 May 2014

3. Mid of OSCE delegation

4. Close-up Putin speaking

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 9 April 2014

5. Various, barricades put up by pro-Russian separatists

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Slovyansk, Ukraine - 7 May 2014

6. Family members grieving next to coffins

7. Mourners leaving church

8. Various of pro-Russia separatists carrying coffin

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Odessa, Ukraine - 7 May 2014

8. Mourner holding carnations next to poster showing photo of Andrei Brazhevskiy, who was killed in Odessa on Friday

9. Brazhevskiy's family standing next to coffin

10. Wide, crowd

11. Various of Andrei Brazhevskiy's girlfriend mourning next to his coffin

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Berlin, Germany - 7 May 2014

12. Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko walking towards media

13. Cutaway cameramen

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Presidential Candidate: (Transcript below)

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Kiev, Ukraine - 7 May 2014

15. British Foreign Secretary William Hague at news conference

16. SOUNDBITE (English) William Hague, British Foreign Secretary: (Transcript below)

17. Pan of UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman walking and and shaking hands with Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov

18. Close of photographers

19. Wide of Feltman and Turchynov holding meeting

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TELLS WESTERN DIPLOMATS THAT RUSSIA HAS PULLED BACK ITS TROOPS FROM THE UKRANIAN BORDER.

BUT, THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THERE IS "NO EVIDENCE" THAT THE 40,000 TROOPS RUSSIA ON THE BORDER HAVE MOVED ...

PUTIN URGES INSURGENTS IN SOUTH-EAST UKRAINE TO POSTPONE THEIR REFERENDUM SUNDAY AND, AT THE SAME TIME, CALLES ON UKRAINE'S MILITARY TO HALT ALL OPERATIONS AGAINST PRO-RUSSIA ACTIVISTS.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD IN THE UKRAINIAN CITIES OF SLOVYANSK AND ODESSA FOR CIVILIANS AND PRO-RUSSIA SEPARATISTS KILLED IN FIERCE FIGHTING LAST WEEK.

FOUR PEOPLE WERE BURIED IN SLOVYANSK, WHERE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TROOPS LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO REGAIN CONTROL OF BUILDINGS.

IN ODESSA, DOZENS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED A FUNERAL FOR A PROMINENT PRO-RUSSIA SEPARATIST.

THERE'S CONCERN IN KIEV THAT ODESSA COULD BE THE NEXT REGION TO FALL AFTER 46 PEOPLE DIED ON FRIDAY WHEN PRO-RUSSIAN MARCHERS CLASHED WITH SECURITY FORCES.

ONE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SAYS IT IS POINTLESS TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE SEPARATISTS ...

(SOT: Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Presidential Candidate)

"For those people who (are) keeping the machine gun, for those people who (are) killing the people, for those people who are terrorists - we should find out the right language they understand and that would be the language of force."

AND, IT'S THE CAUSE OF THE CONFLICTS THAT CONTINUE TO RAISE CONCERNS ...

(SOT: William Hague, British Foreign Secretary)

"There should be no doubt that the Russian government is trying to orchestrate conflict and provocations in the east and south of Ukraine, and that the immediate goal is the disruption of elections on the 25th of May."

TRYING TO REDUCE TENSIONS, WESTERN NATIONS ARE INCREASING THEIR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS AHEAD OF UKRAINE'S MAY 25 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

TRACY BROWN/Associated Press

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