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Ukraine crisis threatens peace in Europe: Russia

Iran Press TV

Mon May 5, 2014 12:19PM GMT

Russia has warned that failure to stop the ongoing crisis in Ukraine would pose a threat to peace in Europe.

In a statement released on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry called for immediate action concerning the current turmoil in Ukraine to prevent "destructive consequences for Europe's stability and development."

'Joint efforts by the Ukrainian people and the international community should as soon as possible put an end to racism, xenophobia, ethnic intolerance, (and) the glorification of the Nazis,' the ministry added.

It also accused Ukrainian "ultra-nationalists" of committing massive rights violations across the former Soviet state.

President Vladimir Putin has already called for dialog between the Kiev authorities and pro-Russians, who are currently in control of more than a dozen towns and cities in eastern Ukraine.

On April 17, Kiev's interim government together with the United States, Russia and the European Union (EU) reached an agreement in the Swiss city of Geneva, calling for all sides to ease tensions in Ukraine.

Nevertheless, a few days later, Ukraine's acting government ordered a re-launch of its controversial "anti-terrorist operations" in the eastern and southern regions in a bid to root out the pro-Moscow demonstrations.

On May 2, almost 70 people were killed and hundreds of others injured in the army's operations against pro-Kremlin activists.

The pro-Russian protests gained momentum in Ukraine after Crimea declared independence from Kiev and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum in March.


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