Russia urges UNSC, OSCE to consider situation in Ukraine as soon as possible

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Moscow is set to bring up crisis situation in the South-Eastern regions of Ukraine during emergency sessoins of the UN Security Council and OSCE. “We demand that those appointed by ‘maidan’ who overthrew the legitimate president of Ukraine to immediately cease the war against their own people and fulfil all of their obligations according to the Treaty of February 21,” says the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, according to Itar-Tass.

“The Western sponsors of maidan, especially those who attested to the aforementioned Treaty, and their US backers, must reign in their unruly charges, force them to cut all ties with neo-Nazi and other extremist groups, cease using armed forces against the Ukrainian people and immediately begin a sincere national dialogue based on equal participation of all of the country’s regions, in order to implement a radical constitutional reform as soon as possible,” Russian Foreign Ministry statement elaborates.

“It is the West that now has the ability to prevent the civil war in Ukraine,” it adds.

Full-scale counterterrorist operation

Ukraine’s acting President Alexander Turchinov said that he had ordered to launch a ‘full-scale anti-terrorist operation’ in eastern Ukraine. The country’s armed forces will take part in the operation.

The national security and defense council of Ukraine “decided to begin a full-scale antiterrorist operation involving the use of Ukrainian military assets,” says the statement of the appointed by Ukrainian parliament interim president of Ukraine Aleksander Turchinov, posted on the parliament’s official website.

Turchinov also noted that Kiev “is willing to consider granting more authority to the regions, including a sweeping self-government reform, as well as ‘renewal’ of the local authorities,” according to Itar-Tass.

Ukraine’s acting president gives ultimatum to federalization proponents in the east 

Alexander Turchinov, interim president of Ukraine appointed by the country’s parliament, presented activists, who rally in the eastern regions of the country in support of federalization, ultimatum ordering them to vacate seized administration buildings by Monday morning, according to RIA Novosti. 

Rallies of those supporting federalization, are being held in the eastern regions of Ukraine since March – in Donetsk, Kharkov and Lugansk activists demand referendums on the status of their home regions to be held. On Saturday the protests swept to several other cities of Donetsk region – Slavyansk, Mariupol, Yenakievo, Kramatorsk and a number of small townships.

“Those who did not fire at our law enforcement elements, who would surrender their weapons and vacate seized administration buildings by Monday morning, will be granted immunity from prosecution for their actions by the decree I signed personally,” Turchinov said during his address to the people of Ukraine on Sunday.

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