Tensions are again soaring in Ukraine on Tuesday as leaders of the interim government in the western capitol city of Kiev trade accusations and threats with leaders in Moscow (and themselves) over events in eastern cities of the country closer to its Russian border.
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As security forces sent from Kiev cleared protesters from government buildings in the city of Kharkiv, arresting 70 pro-Russian activists in the process, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that further violence against those demanding their right to a referendum on indepence from Ukraine could lead to civil war.
“We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war,” the Russians said in a statement.
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As the interim Ukraine government announced preparations for a larger security operation for Kharkiv and the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the Russians accused Kiev of including hired mercenaries from the private U.S. military firm Greystone as part of its “special operations” units in addition to members of far-right and nationalist militias.
According to CNN:
In the city of Luhansk, pro-Russian separatists continued to occupy the Security Services Buildings and are reportedly better armed after accessing a weapons depot inside.
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