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Vladi­mir Putin demands Ukraine withdraw troops from troubled eastern regions
WP ^ | May 1, 2014 | Michael Birnbaum and Simon Denyer

Posted on 05/01/2014 9:34:14 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladi­mir Putin demanded Thursday that the Ukrainian government withdraw its troops from the troubled eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian separatists have been gaining ground.

Putin made the demand in a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the Russian leader Thursday about the deteriorating security situation in eastern Ukraine. She reached out to Putin a day after Ukraine’s acting president said he had lost control of that portion of his country.

Merkel, who will meet with President Obama on Friday in Washington, pressed Putin to help secure the release of seven international observers — four of them German — who have been taken hostage by separatist forces in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, her spokesman said Thursday.


Crowds of separatists massed in front of Donetsk’s police station Thursday, demanding that all pro-Russian activists be freed across eastern Ukraine. They waved Russian flags — and at least one banner depicting World War II-era Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and the Communist hammer and sickle symbol — and played Soviet patriotic songs. Then they turned their attention to the nearby the state prosecutor’s office, where dozens of black-clad riot police with metal shields stood in front of the entrance.

A confrontation quickly ensued, as the riot police attempted to push the crowd away from the entrance with tear gas. The protesters, chanting “fascists,” threw rocks, breaking windows in the office building and demanding that the prosecutor come out. Men in black balaclavas quickly pushed the riot police away from the entrance and forced them to surrender, less than an hour after the pro-Russian protesters had arrived.

If Ukraine’s interim government carries out military operations in the eastern part of the country, it “could lead to disastrous consequences,” the Russian Foreign Ministry warned Thursday.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: communism; russia; sovietunion; ukraine
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To: Cowboy Bob

“Are you volunteering to lead the 82nd into Ukraine?”

To be fair, there already are volunteers in the 82nd. Why have armed divisions if they are not used to defend freedom?

21 posted on 05/01/2014 6:15:33 PM PDT by sagar
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To: bill1952

I would not spend a drop of American blood in Ukraine. That is McAmnesty , Karl Rove and Walrus face Bolton crap. CLOSE DOWN THE MEXICAN BORDER!! Fight and die for that!!

22 posted on 05/01/2014 6:44:51 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: McGruff

Today Ukraine, tomorrow Poland, the next Japan.. I’m sure you know how that ends.

23 posted on 05/01/2014 7:11:56 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: DoughtyOne
Doughty, Imf/US told Kiev Gov. they had to use their military and fight in the East or the $17 Billion would be "redesigned"....they've now reconstructed the rules of engagement for their military, so that they can s 20 minutes ago...

24 posted on 05/01/2014 7:18:01 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Update!!!! on Sloviansk battle... confirmed..... they managed to shoot a helicopter down and forced another to land in emergency landing....Sloviansk where battle has been going on for last hour or so...
25 posted on 05/01/2014 7:47:14 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Kiev Military launched an attack on Slovyansk at 4 am helicopter down...other forced emergency landing.....

Sirens sounding...people told to stay in homes,

26 posted on 05/01/2014 7:52:31 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

It would seem to me that it would be a normal result of the loss of the Eastern part of the Ukraine, that these policies would change. Do you think the IMF/US should keep their monetary outlay the same if the Ukraine splits?

27 posted on 05/02/2014 10:37:32 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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