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Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Barack Obama to use all of the capabilities at his disposal, “to prevent the use of force and bloodshed,” and also reportedly denied that his government has had any involvement in the recent unrest, RT reports.

United States President Barack Obama placed a phone call to Mr. Putin on Monday afternoon to discuss the ongoing and increasingly tense situation in eastern Ukraine.

At the same time, Obama called on Putin to use his influence over pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine to “depart the buildings they have seized,” the White House said in a statement. 

Pro-Russian protesters storm and seize government buildings in Eastern Ukraine, raising Russian flags on them.

On Sunday evening, Kiev threatened "full-scale" military force if protesters and paramilitaries refused to vacate the occupied government buildings by Monday morning, but that deadline came and went without action.