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Kiev must immediately de-escalate east Ukraine crisis, call back troops - Moscow

Published time: April 23, 2014 13:38
Edited time: April 24, 2014 05:28
Ukrainian soldiers drive an airborne combat vehicle near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. (Reuters / Marko Djurica)

Ukrainian soldiers drive an airborne combat vehicle near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. (Reuters / Marko Djurica)

Kiev authorities must “immediately” deescalate the situation in southeast Ukraine by withdrawing its troops from the region, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said, adding that Kiev must start nationwide talks and stop “distorting” the Geneva agreement.

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“The Russian side once again insists on an immediate de-escalation of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine, the withdrawal of divisions of the Ukrainian Army and the start of a real inter-Ukrainian dialogue including all the regions and political entities of the country,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

Moscow is “surprised” by Kiev’s interpretation of the four-sided Geneva agreement adopted by Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on April 17, it added.

Despite the call for disarmament of “all the illegal armed groups” specified by the agreement, Kiev, Washington and a number of European leaders “keep harping on the necessity to ‘hand over weapons’ [referring] only to the Ukrainian citizens defending their rights in southeastern Ukraine.” With that, the Western powers “are turning a blind eye to the ongoing provocative actions of the gunmen of the far-right groups, including that of the so-called Right Sector.”

Such actions, which have been taking place in both the capital, Kiev, and in southeastern Ukrainian cities, “have already led to death of people overnight into April 20,” the ministry said.

Russia continues to believe that the Western partners are “earnest” in their stated commitment for the peaceful resolving of the Ukrainian crisis, the statement said. However, the facts “regretfully speak to the opposite,” it added. Kiev has not moved to enter a dialogue with the regions of Ukraine protesting against its rule, while the US officials have apparently chosen not to discourage the coup-imposed authorities in their “strong-arm ambitions.”

Immediately after US Vice-President Joseph Biden ended his April 21-22 talks and left the Ukrainian capital, Kiev announced the renewal of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in eastern Ukraine, the statement noted. Previously, CIA director’s John Brennan’s April 13 visit to Kiev coincided with the start of the same military operation, it said.

Moscow blasted the US-backed distinction between “legally occupied” buildings in central Kiev at the Independence Square (Maidan) and the “illegally occupied” buildings in southeastern Ukraine, calling US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s recent statements on the issue “absolutely incorrect.”

The statements voiced by the Ukrainian oligarch and multibillionaire Igor Kolomoysky, picked by the Kiev authorities as the governor of the Dnepropetrovsk Region, “look even more absurd,” the ministry said. Kolomoysky’s deputy Boris Filatov recently announced a $10,000 bounty for each “Russian mercenary” captured and handed over to the Kiev-backed authorities and a $200,000 reward for each regional administration building freed. Filatov also said the servicemen at the Mariupol military base, who on April 16 killed three people and injured 13 more during an attempted storming allegedly inspired by the anti-government activists, have been paid 500,000 hryvnas ($43,000).

Comments (302)


Alex 27.04.2014 21:30

I just read this on another RT article. Hypocrytical, considering what this article is saying about Ukraine.

"NATO has estimated that Russia has massed at least 40,000 troops near its border with Ukraine. Moscow has not denied that it has moved troops to the region, but said that its internal troop movements are its own prerogative."


Lex Heinrich 24.04.2014 23:12

USA have their Vietnam, Iraq and a few more. If America was quiet enough about Chechnya, it might have been possible to avert Boston. It's not all black-and-white. Creating a conflict based on ambitions is surely wrong. But it's not like America doesn't have AN interest in Ukrainian conflict: there's gas and weapons and NATO. Ukraine is Russian Cuba and it's widely known how that went down. No one is right but not everyone is wrong. Media blows this bubble out of proportion. Most of people commenting can't even find it on the map. Russia's history is far longer than last 100 years, which most of you only remember.


gyr falcon 24.04.2014 13:57

You all need to look at the very beginning of what has happened in Kiev. Look at utube find out all the facts before you all spout off. Most of the people on here hate Russians and they know nothing about them in the present age. They go on about Stalin communisiam. They really think there world is better. You want a war with Russia and China. Please feel free to join the milatery. This hatred can only lead to one outcome.One big war and what is war good for absalutly nothing. If you started threatning me I would put your lights out.

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