Russia after more Crimea scenarios

‘Russia after more Crimea scenarios’

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:21:12 GMT

Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has alleged that Russia is attempting to repeat “the Crimean scenario” in the country’s eastern parts.

In a televised address on Monday, Turchynov blamed Moscow for fomenting separatist actions in eastern regions of the former Soviet republic.

He also claimed the recent developments in the cities close to the Russian border indicate that the “second stage of Russian special operations against Ukraine” is currently underway.

The interim president also vowed firm action against what he called armed terrorists in the country’s eastern provinces, adding, “Anti-terrorist measures will be carried out against those who had taken up weapons.”

The comments come in reaction to recent pro-Russia rallies in the Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lugansk.

The protests gained momentum in East Ukraine after the Crimean territory declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, in which almost 97 percent of the participants voted for rejoining Russia, with a turnout of more than 83 percent.

On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law documents that officially made the Black Sea peninsula part of the Russian territory despite condemnation from the West and the new Ukrainian government.

The move sparked angry reactions from the United States and the European Union, both imposing sanctions against a number of Russian officials and authorities in Crimea.

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