Moscow: Kiev and Western Sponsors Directly Responsible for Bloodshed in Eastern Ukraine
May 5, 2014
Russia has issued an official statement following the tragic events in Odessa, where 39 anti-Kiev activists died in the Trade Unions House after the building was set ablaze by pro-Kiev radicals. Some anti-Kiev protesters burned to death, while others suffocated or jumped from windows. ""In spite of consistent attempts to encourage dialogue, Russia has hit against provocation not only from Kiev, but also its Western sponsors," spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
Moscow: Kiev and Western Sponsors
Directly Responsible for
Bloodshed in Eastern Ukraine
(May 3, 2014) -- Kiev's government and its Western allies bear full responsibility for the recent bloodshed in Ukraine, Russia's presidential spokesman has said, adding it is now impossible to convince people in the region to disarm because their lives are under threat.
Spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, released an official statement following the tragic events in Odessa. 39 anti-government activists have died in a fire at the Trade Unions House there, after the building was set ablaze by pro-Kiev radicals. Some anti-Kiev protesters burned to death, while others suffocated or jumped out of windows, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.
Peskov expressed deep condolences for the families of those who died in the tragedy on behalf of President Vladimir Putin and said the Kiev government and the West had blood on their hands.
"The authorities in Kiev not only bear direct responsibility, but are complicit in these criminal activities. Their arms are up to the elbows in blood," Peskov said. He said the tragedy in Odessa was the product of "the connivance of those who consider themselves the authority in Kiev. They allowed extremists and radicals to burn unarmed people alive. I stress that these people were unarmed."
Peskov condemned the position adopted by Washington and a number of European countries as motivated by cynicism. "It is the highest manifestation of cynicism. The people who justify this punitive operation are the same ones that did not allow the legitimate President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, to bring order to the country," said Peskov, referring to the special operation being carried out in the East of Ukraine at the order of the Kiev government.
The latest escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine has made it impossible for any nation to convince people to disarm in the region because their lives are at risk, said Peskov.
"In spite of consistent attempts to encourage dialogue, Russia has hit against provocation not only from Kiev, but also its Western sponsors," he said, stressing that Russia could not find a solution to the current conflict on its own.
Addressing the Ukrainian elections that are set to take place later this month, Peskov said the prospect of such a vote was "absurd" while violence continues to rage in the country.
The president's spokesperson announced on Friday that Kiev had effectively destroyed the last vestige of hope for implementing the Geneva agreement on de-escalating the Ukrainian crisis by unleashing a ‘punitive operation' in eastern Ukraine. Russia views the operation as criminal and has urged the Ukrainian government not to use force against unarmed civilians.
However, the EU and the US have both supported the Kiev government's operation. President Barack Obama called it "a move to restore order," while EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said "the state's monopoly on the legitimate use of violence needs to be respected.
"Our colleagues in the West are basically trying to justify the large number of murders we are seeing," said Peskov, calling Ashton's statement "monstrous."
When asked how Russia would react to the escalating conflict in Ukraine, Peskov said he was unable to answer that question at present.
"This is unknown territory for us," said the presidential spokesperson, adding that the Russian government has received thousands of calls from southeastern Ukraine, demanding Moscow's help. "Desperate people call, they ask for help. The vast majority want Russia's help," said Peskov. "All of these calls are reported to President Vladimir Putin."
Dozens of FBI, CIA Agents
In Kiev 'Assisting Ukraine Security'
(May 4, 2014) -- Numerous US agents are helping the coup-appointed government in Ukraine to "fight organized crime" in the south east of the country, the German newspaper Bild revealed. According to Bild, the CIA and FBI are advising the government in Kiev on how to deal with the ‘fight against organized crime' and stop the violence in the country's restive eastern regions. The group also helps to investigate alleged financial crimes and is trying to trace the money, which was reportedly taken abroad during Viktor Yanokovich's presidency, the newspaper said.
The head of the CIA, John Brennan, visited Kiev in mid-April and met with the acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and first Vice-President Vitaly Yarema to discuss a safer way to transfer US information to Ukraine.
Jen Psaki, spokeswomen for the United States Department of State, said that there was nothing to read into Brennan's visit to Kiev, and that the head of the CIA did not offer support to the coup-appointed government in the country to help them conduct tactical operations within Ukraine.
However, following the visit, the toppled President Viktor Yanukovich linked the CIA chief's appearance in Kiev to the first stage of the new government's crackdown in Slavyansk. Brennan "sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed," Yanukovich said.
Bild's reports comes as US President Barack Obama rules out that Washington will interfere in the situation in Ukraine.
"You've also seen suggestions or implications that somehow Americans are responsible for meddling inside Ukraine. I have to say that our only interest is for Ukraine to be able to make its own decisions. And the last thing we want is disorder and chaos in the center of Europe," he said speaking in the White House after meeting the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, just two days ago.
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