April 15, 2014
Russia has asked the United States to use its influence to prevent bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, as Kiev threatened a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to remove separatists from government buildings.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made the appeal during a phone conversation with US President Barack Obama, in which the Kremlin said the two leaders discussed the escalating unrest.
The Kremlin said the Russian president also rejected Western claims that Moscow is behind attacks on government buildings, saying they were “based on unfounded information.”
Earlier Mr Putin’s spokesman said Russia had received several appeals for help from separatists who are seeking to follow in the footsteps of the Crimean Peninsula and force a referendum on joining the Russian Federation.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:21 am