Ukraine PM: 'Russia Wants World War III'
Arseniy Yatsenyuk amps up rhetoric
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2014 1:25 PM CDT
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks to lawmakers during a session at the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

(Newser) – Russia's incursion into the Ukraine could easily spill past its borders, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said today, amping up his rhetoric against the Kremlin. "Attempts at military conflict in Ukraine will lead to a military conflict in Europe," he warned, in a TV appearance and web statement, according to USA Today. He said Russia planned to initiate just such a conflict, after first undermining Ukraine's elections and destabilizing it politically. "The world hasn’t forgotten the World War II, but Russia already wants to start World War III."

Meanwhile:

  • President Oleksander Turchynov's chief of staff said that the military operation on Slovyansk had entered its "second stage," with troops encircling the city and cutting off all supplies, CNN reports. He also said that Russia had refused to explain the presence of troops on the border.
  • A bus with 13 people on board—including foreign observers—was stopped outside Slovyansk, and its passengers detained. It's unclear who did the detaining.
  • New York Times reporters in the city say Ukrainian infantry units are patrolling nearby farmland, and well-armed Ukrainian forces are positioned on the road to Izyum north of Slovyansk.
  • Barack Obama backed up John Kerry's sanctions threat in a news conference in South Korea today. "We will continue to keep some arrows in our quiver," he said, promising that more punitive measures were "ready to go."

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Imhotep
Apr 27, 2014 9:26 AM CDT
We do not live in a Democracy when the elected administration has the right to create an atmosphere of violence and war and threaten military action without the peoples consent. This is not the type of government the founding fathers envisioned. They are putting the country and everyone in it at risk. Every administration we have had since the 60's has been doing this. They do not have or should not have Carte Blanche to threaten war , whether it's economic or militarily on any nation. We are the nation, not the 1%. Any part of the law that allows this is wrong and should be revoked, rescinded , and abolished. Then you would have Democracy. What we have is an elected dictatorship with a house and congress more interested in winning votes and debating water closet costs than representing the true will of the people on serious matters. Are they part of the 1% as well with their own private bomb shelter ?
Plato
Apr 26, 2014 10:23 AM CDT
It is none of our business. Our country is doing mostly the right thing with this, protest Russia to show our friends and allies where we stand and that is enough. We should do no more. Let it play out without our countries active participation.
PJP
Apr 26, 2014 2:39 AM CDT
Putin is one smart fella. Let's wait a year to see how smart ...