AS THE FIGHTING INTENSIFIED THIS WEEK IN EASTERN UKRAINE..QUESTIONS ARE BEING RAISED WHETHER CHECHENS HAVE JOINED PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENTS.
BUT CHENYA'S LEADER DENIES HE HAS SENT HIS FIGHTERS WITH THEIR RUTHLESS REPUTATION_TO JOIN REBELS IN DONETSK.
MEANTIME RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV URGED THE KIEV GOVERNMENT WEDNESDAY TO STOP THEIR MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE EAST -- FOCUSING ON DIPLOMATIC SOLUTIONS -- AND WORKING WITH UKRAINE'S NEWLY-ELECTED PRESIDENT PETRO POROSHENKO.
SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
"It's necessary to use the situation after the election to immediately end using the military and launch a broad all-Ukrainian dialogue involving all regions and political forces in order to start a constitutional reform, to stabilize the situation and to create a framework for all Ukrainians."
BUT AS PRO-RUSSIAN MILITANTS CONTINUE TO THREATEN BORDER SECURITY.. UKRAINIAN MILITARY LEADERS INSIST THE FIGHT ISN'T OVER.
SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Mykola Lytvyn, chief of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
"Our border, especially in Donetsk and Luhansk region has become a frontline, which different terrorists are trying to break through."
UKRAINE AND THE WEST HAVE ACCUSED MOSCOW OF FOMENTING ATTACKS IN PARTS OF EASTERN UKRAINE THAT HAVE CLOSER TIES WITH RUSSIA.
SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama
"Russia's recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe. But this isn't the Cold War."
BUT RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS DENIED SENDING ANY TROOPS.
A GROUP OF UKRAINIAN MINERS MARCHED THROUGH DONETSK earlier in the day WAVING *RUSSIAN* FLAGS� ASKING FOR AN END TO THE VIOLENCE IN THEIR CITY.
SOMETHING UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT HAS VOWED TO DO PEACEFULLY..