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Back from the U.S., Yeltsin finds ethnic battles raging everywhere

In Russia, the cheering for foreign successes died away years ago, so President Boris Yeltsin found no laurels to rest upon when he returned from his first summit in Washington. With scarcely enough time to repack his bags, he headed south in search of solutions for the endless ethnic conflicts that are generating bloody battles and deep concern about civil war in several former Soviet republics.

Two of the biggest, Russia and Ukraine, have been bitterly at odds over such issues as ownership of the 300-ship Black Sea Fleet and issuing rival currencies. Meeting at the resort town of Sochi last...

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