Ukraine says Russia aims to occupy country ‘militarily and politically’

By Laura Smith-Spark, Gul Tuysuz and Victoria Butenko, CNN

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — U.S. President Barack Obama threatened Russia on Friday with new sanctions over its actions in Ukraine as the Ukrainian Prime Minister also came out with tough words against Moscow.

The United States could announce further sanctions as early as next week, U.S. officials say.

Russian attempts to start conflict in Ukraine will lead to military conflict in Europe, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk warned.

He also charged Russia with aiming to occupy his country “militarily and politically,” and said Moscow wants to start a third world war.

His strong statement came amid a sharp escalation in tensions.

Russia’s defense chief ordered new military drills Thursday near the border with eastern Ukraine after Ukrainian forces said they killed five pro-Russian militants in an operation to clear roadblocks near the city of Slavyansk.

Serhiy Pashinskiy, chief of staff to acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov, said Friday that the drills had now entered its “second stage,” aimed at encircling Slavyansk and cutting off additional supplies or support.

And on Friday afternoon, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Russian aircraft entered Ukrainian airspace on several occasions over the previous 24 hours. He urged Russia “to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation.”

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4 replies

  1. Does Moscow want to start a third world war.?

    Say:“O Allah, O Lord of the Kingdom, You give kingdom to whom You will, and take kingdom away from whom You will; and You bestow honor on whom You will, and bring disgrace to whom You will. In your hand lies the betterment (of everyone). You are surely powerful over every thing. QS 3:26

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  2. Quoting BBC

    The US says Russian military aircraft have entered Ukrainian airspace several times in the past 24 hours, amid rising tension in the east of the country.

    A Pentagon spokesman told the BBC late on Friday that the incidents had happened mainly near the border with Russia, but gave no further details.

    Earlier, pro-Russian separatists seized a bus carrying international military observers, Ukrainian officials said.

    Talks were under way to secure their release near the town of Sloviansk.

    Russia has tens of thousands of troops deployed along its side of the border with Ukraine as pro-Moscow separatists continue to occupy official buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the government in Kiev.

    The US and the EU appear to have moved closer to imposing further sanctions on Russia after a day of conference calls between Western leaders.

    Reports say the sanctions would target individuals and entities. Under current US and EU measures, assets freezes and travel bans have targeted a number of Russian officials.

  3. Putin is testing nerves. Well this time US and allies should know it is not a Muslim country they are dealing with in the name of be warned… this time you cannot do both two things….unilateral one-sided military attacks and propaganda.

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