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Russia Decries Lawlessness

Published: March 12, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • Unidentified paramilitary troops at the gates of an occupied Ukrainian military base in Bakhchysarai, Ukraine, Monday.
    Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Russias Foreign Ministry on Monday denounced alleged lawlessness by far-right activists in eastern Ukraine, a statement likely to trigger alarms in Ukraine about possible Russian intervention there.

Ukraines foreign minister said Monday his country already feels like its almost in a state of war after Russian forces took effective control of Ukraines Crimean Peninsula. A referendum has been called there for Sunday on whether the region should split off and seek to become part of Russia.

Pro-Russia sentiment is also high in Ukraines east and there are fears Russia could seek to incorporate that area as well.

Related: Obama Calls For Diplomacy in Phone Call With Putin

The Kremlin statement also claimed Russian citizens trying to enter Ukraine have been turned back at the border by Ukrainian officials.

On Sunday, a pro-Russian crowd in the eastern city of Luhansk occupied the regional government headquarters, raised the Russian tricolor and demanded the right to hold a referendum on joining Russia, like in Crimea.

In its Monday statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said lawlessness now rules in eastern regions of Ukraine as a result of the actions of fighters of the so-called Right Sector with the full connivance of Ukraines new authorities.

Right Sector is a grouping of several far-right and nationalist factions. Its activists were among the most radical and confrontational of the demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and organized self-defense brigades for the protest camp.

Related: Crimea Moves to Join Russia

On Monday in Kiev, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsya received his counterparts from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, who had come to show support for Ukraine in what has turned into Europes greatest geopolitical crisis since the end of the Cold War.

We have to admit that our life now is almost like... a war, Deshchytsya said, speaking in English. We have to cope with an aggression that we do not understand.

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Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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