KEIV/MOSCOW/BRUSSELS – Many soldiers among dozens killed in fresh attacks allegedly from rebel-held areas in eastern part of Ukraine, prompting West threats of more sanctions against Russia for openly aiding and arming the Ukrainian separatists.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin stood as defiant as he always has been and accused the Ukrainian government of prolonging the conflict by refusing to talk to the separatists.
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The president even alleged that the Ukrainian army was essentially a “NATO legion” which doesn’t pursue the national interests of Ukraine, but persists to restrict Russia.
“We often say Ukrainian Army, Ukrainian Army. But who is really fighting there? There are, indeed, partially official units of armed forces, but largely there are the so-called ‘volunteer nationalist battalions’,” Putin said, amid growing threats of imposing more sanctions to restrict the already crippled Russian economy.
The latest incidents of violence since Sunday is reported to…
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