Raw: Offensive Sparks Deadly Clashes in Ukraine

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Ukraine's offensive to recapture an eastern city controlled by pro-Russia forces sharply escalated the crisis in the country's east and set off a clash Friday in the southern port of Odessa that police say killed 31 people. (May 2)

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Odessa, Ukraine - 2 May 2014

1. Mid of protesters charging forward and throwing objects (NATS: explosion)

2. Wide of protesters throwing objects

3. Wide of line of police

4. Wide of protesters throwing objects (NATS: explosion)

5. Group of people helping injured man on ground

6. Mid of helmeted man pushing trash bin

7. Pro-Russian protesters waving Russian flag behind barricade

8. Mid of pro-Russian protester banging truncheon on bin

9. Police vehicle speeding away from scene, protesters running after it, some throwing sticks

10. Various of body of government supporter being taken to ambulance

11. Mid of women handing out rocks

12. Low angle of rocks on ground

STORYLINE:

Ukraine's offensive to recapture an eastern city controlled by pro-Russia forces sharply escalated the crisis in the country's east and set off a clash Friday in the southern port of Odessa that police say killed 31 people.

The Kremlin said the move by Kiev's interim government effectively killed the Geneva pact aimed at cooling the unrest. But Russia says it will continue to try to halt the spiral and Kiev has limited ability to step it up.

By nightfall, Ukrainian troops and armored personnel carriers had blocked all major roads into the eastern city of Slovyansk, the center of the pro-Russia insurgency. In the city, most shops were closed and the few that were open were crowded with customers trying to stockpile food and supplies.

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