Russia has called on Kiev and US to stop military raids against civilians in the eastern Ukraine. Already several people were shot to death by the Ukrainian commandos loyal to the rebels holding Kiev. Russia is forced to keep several hundred soldiers near the border in case the deadly civil war spills over the border into Russia.
US has gone further steps destabilizing the situation in Ukraine by promising to provide up to $17 billion to the rebels if they manage to hold the power and quench the resistance of the civilians. US has also ordered a military exercise by US Army in Poland, next to the Ukrainian border, deploying more than 10,000 paratroopers in an attempt to scare the protesters of the military coup and their supporters into obedience. The world can remain confident that US is playing an active role in destabilising western and central Ukraine with personnel, weapons, money and operational planning.
Earlier, the Russian foreign ministry urged the US to “to refrain from rash steps that will plunge Ukraine even deeper into the depths of crisis”. The Geneva agreement states that illegal armed groups, including those who have seized control of public buildings in Kiev, must return home.
The head of the rebels, Olexander Turchynov, ordered his rebel army to attack the groups of civilian protesters around the country. Yesterday’s raids by Ukrainian commandos on civilian protesters around the town of Sloviansk left at least two people dead.
On hearing of the attacks, President Putin warned there would be “consequences”, adding: “If Kiev has really begun to use the army against the country’s population… that is a very serious crime against its own people”. The ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said that Russia would have international legal grounds to deploy peacekeeping forces to Ukraine to prevent the escalation of the civil war waged by the rebels.