Russia warns Ukraine of civil war

KIEV - Russia's Foreign Ministry warned Kiev on Tuesday that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war, as Ukraine's government seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.

Pro-Russia protesters seized government buildings, raised Russian flags and declared new governments in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv on Sunday.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said that reports that the protesters, including those occupying a regional administration building in the city of Donetsk, are facing a crackdown by Ukrainian authorities are of particular concern.

"We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war," it said in a statement on its official website.

The ministry alleged that what it called "American experts from the private military organization Greystone," disguised as soldiers, as well as militants from the Ukrainian far-right group Right Sector, had joined Ukrainian forces preparing for the crackdown in the country's east.

Late Monday, Ukrainian special forces cleared armed protesters from the headquarters of Ukrainian security services in Donetsk, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov's office announced Monday night.

But Ukraine's interim Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema was quoted by Russian state-run news agency ITAR-Tass as saying Tuesday that the authorities are not going to storm the city's regional administration building.

Yarema said the decision was made after talks with representatives of the protesters in the building.

A CNN team on the ground said pro-Russian protesters appear still to be in control of the building and that there is no sign of special forces nearby.

According to the deputy head of the National Security and Defense Council, Victoria Syumar, negotiations are under way between the protesters and police, coordinated by influential oligarch Rinat Ahmetov.

Comments (7)

The hand of PUTIN is conspicuous in this Ukraine upheaval

Mukanya - 8 April 2014

This is the beginning of WORLD WAR 3

noah - 8 April 2014

The west did this in Libya, and the stupid press hailed that as the liberation of the Libyan people. What is so special now about Russians doing the same in Ukraine? Open your eyes to double standards

machakachaka - 8 April 2014

Machakachaka; chaos in Libya noted. But should we then say coz they did it, let Putin do it too? What then follows? More chaos! To what end?

Tutume - 9 April 2014

Putin is building his empire on shaky ground with wet sand. He is going to fall on his sword. Those who try to reverse the march of history always come short. He is going to fall hard on his face. The Russians themselves saw cruel proof of what dictators can do to them, the memories of one Djugashivilli aka Stalin are still fresh in the minds of Russians and just when they were beginning to forget, the ghost of this monster who felt Russians should be grateful to him for allowing them to admire him is threatening to reincarnate..No one but the Ruskies themselves is going to stop them and he will come to a screeching halt hard and fast!

gutter poet - 9 April 2014

Viva Putin. The West is now scared. Come, the Kalashinkov rifle is waiting for you. Russia haiitirwe dzungu. It's nuclear armed and can strike with devastation at the heart of Europe. Europe will be fooled by America but it is the citizens of Europe who will suffer. After the war, just like after the second world war which was fought in other continents except America, America will be at hand to offer reconstruction assistance.

Stalin Kruchkev - 9 April 2014

one thing for sure is that russia is uplifting its influence at the sam tym geting ri of american unilateralism remember this is the state that has vetoed quite a number of stupid resolutions that had been proposed by america , rather in the case of ukraine russia isnt trying to anex bt we need to understan the democratic processes post the cold war separated ethnic russians thus what is happening is the creation of an entirely russian federation . this is very legtimate in nationalistic terms

pee - 11 April 2014

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