KIEV, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said Monday that Kiev considers actions of pro-Russia activists in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine as Moscow's "aggression."
"What is going on in Donbass is not confrontation between Ukrainians. It is hidden and sometimes not hidden aggression of Russia against our country," Turchynov said during a conciliatory council here.
Describing Russia's reaction to Kiev's "counter-terror operation" in eastern Ukraine as "inadequate," Turchynov accused Kremlin of offering "public support for terrorist offence."
Turchynov ordered a "counter-terror operation" in eastern Ukraine after pro-Moscow activists seized several government buildings there, demanding closer ties with Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that talks due to be held on Thursday between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union might be aborted if Kiev uses force to quell the protests.
Tensions in eastern Ukraine escalated on Sunday following the armed confrontation between Ukrainian security forces and pro-Moscow protesters.
Russia claims that a security officer and a pro-Russia activist were killed in a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces in a town of Slavyansk.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian media reported that pro-Moscow activists have killed two Ukrainian security officers and two civilians during the violence.
4 killed in unrest in eastern Ukraine
KIEV, April 14 (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed in a spate of violence between Ukrainian security forces and pro-Russia activists in eastern Ukraine during the weekend, local media reported Monday. Full story
China welcomes talks on Ukraine crisis: foreign chief
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua)-- China on Monday expressed its wishes that the upcoming multilateral talks on the Ukraine crisis will be a success.
"We have noticed that Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine are preparing for talks in the near future, which is in tune with the China-proposed direction. We wish it a success," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a joint press briefing with visiting German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Full story
UN Security Council meets on "more combustible" Ukraine crisis
UNITED NATIONS, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The situation in Ukraine has seriously deteriorated, a top UN official said in an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Sunday night, calling the crisis "more combustible than ever."
"There have been at least five new cities in eastern Ukraine targeted by uprisings and seizures of government buildings in the last 24 hours," said Assistant UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, who briefed the council at a formal meeting requested by Russia. Full story
Crisis in Ukraine takes dangerous turn: Russia
MOSCOW, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The situation in southeastern Ukraine is taking a dangerous turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
A security officer and a pro-Russia activist were killed Sunday during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces in an eastern city, where pro-Russia gunmen seized buildings of police and security services a day earlier. Full story