Putin, Lavrov Warn Against Use of Army in Eastern Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine was "on the verge of civil war" and described the actions of Ukraine's military in the east as "unacceptable".
Putin made the first comment during a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whereas the second was in a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as RIA Novosti reported.
His words were later echoed by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who called on Kiev to "be respectful" of the demands of Ukrainian citizens in thе east and south.
Lavrov stressed the need to "immediately start negotiations" with protesters to de-escalate tensions, instead of fomenting unrest by using force and deploying the army, a move which in his words "contradicts Ukrainian law".
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has in turn urged Russia to "stop supporting terrorists".
In a televised address, he argued that Russia wanted to build a "Berlin Wall" in the country.
Conflicting reports make it difficult to confirm the events in the towns of Kramatorsk and Slaviansk, where Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation against what Kiev calls "separatists" was triggered on Tuesday afternoon.
Six armored vehicles apparently passed through Slaviansk, but while some sources argue Russian flags were waving over them, other claim they belong to the Ukrainian army.
In Kramatorsk, the same number of vehicles were reported to have been seized by pro-Russian activists. Ukraine's Defense Ministry has refuted claims they were under Russian command, according to UNIAN news agency.
Earlier the BBC reported that Ukrainian troops had entered Kramatorsk, but were blocked by civilians.
In Donetsk, where a People's Republic was proclaimed last week by pro-Russian separatists, armed men stormed the city council building, according to local media reports.
No violence was observed during the attack, as the rebels met no resistance and were able to easily take control of the building.
Witnesses however suggest that the men took "documents" out of the council. Rebels did not immediately place any demands.
Most protesters in Eastern Ukraine, however, have recently demanded that Ukraine become a federation.
Pro-Russian activists meanwhile declared a "People's Republic" in Odessa, a city in Southern Ukraine.
The so-called "Anti-Maidan" movement urged citizens to disrupt public and private transport across the city and to prevent police and military from stepping in, as RIA Novosti reports.
On its website, the movement said Odessa's population should take these measures at 16:00 local time.
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Clearly it's your hyporicy speaking, as maybe all of us happens to have the same views, against your polish/US fascist NATO bombings. It doesn't mean we're the same people. It just shows that there are people in the world who aren't brainwashed by Obamas bullshit.
Vladimir, Vladimir, Vladimir... you are the same person using different nicknames: Optimistic, Sa-sha, Jerry, now Sobieski... You use them to try different atitudes towards your opponents. As Optimistic, you pretend to be intellectual, as Sa-sha - a "young enthusiast", as Vladimir K. - a brutal one. As "Sobieski", you try to be brutal and provocative by obiding a Polish historical person who did some good to Europe in 1683 and was never pro-Russian. Vladimir, there is a personal message for you. Go onto Google, type malenczuk vladimir and have a watch.
Re: anti ruski!
You need a good kicking you usa piece of cia crap troll!!!
Usa are the new nazis!
Pierre omidyar, owner of ebay and pay pal ( iranian muslim nazi) george soros , usaid, us gov, eu, uk, payed, trained and financed
The phoney protesters in maidan! To stage the coup and overthrow yanukovich!!
Ukrainian army are going to revolt, and overthrow the usa puppets in kiev!!!
Nuke the usa scum!!!! Usa is a toilet!!!
Usa shit bags been doing same for decades, cuba, grenada, irak, egypt, syria, vietnam, cambodia, afghanistan, algeria, georgia, there trying it in venuzuala right now! And now in ukraine!!
Lets hope russia NUKES USA NAzis!!
COME ON RUSSIA NUKE!!! That toilet usa!!!!
Usa is finnished! Its bankrupt, decrepid rotting carcass of a country, a nazi totalitarian police state, spying
On its own citizens and the world!!!
Has more people locked up in prisons than any other country on earth.
Obama, your living on borrowed time! One of your body guards hopefully is going to pull the trigger on you obama!!
Obama. You are a traitor to western civilisation.
An army theat, became peaceful! Braveo Ukrainian soldiers!
Fascist government are loosing, and the imperialists americans should just step out of the world's business. They're already corrupted themselves, we don't need this in the rest of the world.
Death to america!!!!
Obama your living on borrowed time, you are supporting the murder of christians and financing
Muslim murderers and butchers against the western peoples!
Lets prey one of your bodyguards pulls the trigger on you soon obama!!!
Eu = eussr
Long live Russia!!!!
Usa eu uk!!! Afe the new Nazis !!!!
They engineered the overthrow of yanykovich, like the did against, gaddafi, muburak, algeria, but failed with their attempts on syria and egypt, and have now failed in ukraine :))))
Usa are the nazis, the eu and uk are the stooges, lets hope putin boes all the way to kiev and they catch these imposter self installed usa puppets and hang them until dead!
Obama needs to be assasinated, lets hope it happens soon, he is a muslim scumbag and traitor of the western peoples'
Now the ukrainian military will dis- obey orders to attack there own peoples, but instead they will turn against the criminals who currently pretend to be the new lezders of ukraine!!!
Death to america, death to the eu, death to the uk
Crimean war part 2 is about to begin....
Charge of the light brigade :))) lets all have good laugh as history repeats.
Long live Russia!!!!