Russia accuses Kiev of employing private US security operatives dressed as Ukrainian special forces, warning of civil war.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
Russia has warned Kiev that any use of force against pro-Kremlin militants in Ukraine’s east could tip the country into civil war.
The warning came after pro-Russia activists seized state buildings in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Lugansk and Donetsk.
They also declared independence and vowed to vote on joining Russia.
Kiev accused Russia of instigating the unrest and Washington warned the Kremlin to stop efforts to “destabilise Ukraine,” accusations that Moscow brushed off.
The Russian foreign ministry said today it had information that Ukraine was sending internal security forces and volunteers from its National Guard to southeastern Ukraine including Donetsk.
It also alleged that Ukraine was deploying US private security operatives, dressed as Ukrainian special forces.
“We call for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which are fraught with the risk of unleashing civil war,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry threatened his Russian counterpart with “further costs” for Moscow should it make any moves to destabilise Ukraine.
The US State Department said Mr Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Washington was watching events in eastern Ukraine with “great concern.”
The warning came as Ukraine accused Russia of being behind the recent occupation of the government buildings by the pro-Kremlin activists.