Russia Says to US to Stop military operation in Ukraine

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on Washington to force interim authorities in Ukraine to halt the operation against pro-Russia protesters.

"We are counting on the United States to take urgent measures in the interests of de-escalation," the ministry said in a statement, adding, "Washington must force the current Ukrainian leadership to immediately stop the military operation in southeastern Ukraine and withdraw military units to their permanent bases."

"So far, nothing has been done to resolve this urgent task…. We hope that Washington understands the full measure of its responsibility for what is happening," it said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said phone conversations planned for Wednesday and Thursday between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, had not taken place.

Meanwhile, Kiev has reacted to Russia's new military exercises along the border.

Russia’s military drills came on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin accused Kiev of using armed forces against protesters.

Earlier in the day, Ukrainian troops entered the eastern city of Slavyansk, killing at least five pro-Russian protesters.

President Putin has warned Ukraine that there would be consequences for decision-makers following their use of force against pro-Russian protesters.

On April 17, Ukraine’s interim government together with the US, Russia and the European Union reached an agreement in the Swiss city of Geneva, calling for all sides to ease the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, where anti-Kiev protesters keep occupying state buildings in several towns and cities.


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