U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring eastern Ukraine unrest

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By Arshad Mohammed and Thomas Grove WASHINGTON/LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea. The Ukraine government says the occupations that began on Sunday are part of a Russian-led plan to dismember the country, and Kerry said he feared Moscow might try to repeat its Crimean operation. "It is clear that Russian special forces and agents have been the catalyst behind the chaos of the last 24 hours," he said in Washington, and this "could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea". Moscow annexed the Black Sea peninsula last month after a referendum staged when Russian troops were already in control.