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Ukraine says it could be provoked by Russian 'aggression' in conflict area

WorldApr 10, 2021 06:10AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits positions of armed forces in Donbass region

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine's defence minister said on Saturday his country could be provoked by Russian aggravation of the situation in the conflict area of Ukraine's eastern Donbass region.

The minister, Andrii Taran, said Russian accusations about the rights of Russian-speakers being violated could be the reason for the resumption of armed aggression against Ukraine.

"At the same time, it should be noted that the intensification of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine is possible only if an appropriate political decision is made at the highest level in the Kremlin," he said in a statement.

Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia, and over a rise in violence along the line of contact separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in Donbass.

The Russian military movements have fuelled concerns that Moscow is preparing to send forces into Ukraine. The Kremlin denies its troops are a threat, but says they will remain as long as it sees fit.

Senior Kremlin official Dmitry Kozak last week said Russia would be forced to defend its citizens in eastern Ukraine depending on the scale of the military conflict there.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his French and German counterparts on Friday called on Russia to halt a troop buildup and reaffirmed their support for Kyiv in its confrontation with Moscow.

Ukraine says it could be provoked by Russian 'aggression' in conflict area
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 10, 2021 2:22PM ET
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The so called leaders of the US, sleepy joe and the monster fake vp, are very weak against foreign countries, but try to oppress Americans.
Kevin Eddlemon
Kevin Eddlemon Apr 10, 2021 12:51PM ET
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Weaknesscand incompetence in the white house = Russian aggression in their region. Real shocker, huh
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Apr 10, 2021 11:52AM ET
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Seems like Reuters sre trying to stoke a fight
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu Apr 10, 2021 11:20AM ET
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They're trying to find a way out from their totale failure and bankruptcy, let Russia clean this Ukrainian political mafia, we'll hear them squeak.
edgar blumenthal
edgar blumenthal Apr 10, 2021 10:05AM ET
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hmm papa and sun Biden BURISMA "energy" bill of 1+mln is already paid; so why would opa intervene in UKR?   But added to that, situation raises concerns...
Zach Earle
Zach Earle Apr 10, 2021 9:19AM ET
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WWIII anyone?
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Apr 10, 2021 8:55AM ET
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Ukraine is in tough situation. EU is an impotent entity, while fascist regime of biden is no better than kremlin dictator Putin.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 10, 2021 8:14AM ET
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I knew Russia and China will try to take Ukraine and Taiwan with Biden in power. They know he’s senile and spineless.
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David9 Apr 10, 2021 8:14AM ET
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Why you think that...give your explanation...
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye Apr 10, 2021 8:14AM ET
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KAMLESH CHHOTUBHAI MISTRY  Putin is a Fascist, not a Communist.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 10, 2021 8:14AM ET
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David David  Because of facts.
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CatholicMan Apr 10, 2021 8:14AM ET
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Connecticut Yankee  Not much difference. Both believe in government control of everything, and both always fail. Just like socialism and "democratic" socialism. All are evil.
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Connecticut Yankee  Not much difference. Both believe in government control of everything, and both always fail. Just like socialism and "democratic" socialism. All are evil.
 
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