MOSCOW, April 17 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin urged on Thursday Ukrainian authorities to hold dialogue with their eastern and southeastern regions.
"It's time for (Kiev) authorities to start dialogue with these regions' population, release inmates and find the solution via negotiation," Putin said a live chat with Russian public.
He reiterated that Moscow sees the forced ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych by Ukrainian parliament as "anti-constitutional coup."
Putin accused the Ukrainian authorities of neglecting the illegal February events and committing "another crime by using tanks and aviation against civilians."
He said Russia had to take certain measures to "protect people from any possibility the (Ukrainian) forces will be used against them."
Commentary: West should cooperate, not threaten, Russia on Ukraine crisis
BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The top diplomats of Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union convene in Geneva on Thursday, kicking off just another round of frenzy diplomatic efforts to defuse the rapidly deteriorating Ukraine crisis. Full story
UN reports ever "deteriorating" crisis in Ukraine while envoys look to talks
UNITED NATIONS, April 16 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council met in an open session once again on Wednesday to hear another grim report on the deteriorating conditions there, with Western ambassadors criticizing Russia's role and Moscow's envoy defending its actions.
It was the 12th such session of the 15-member UN body, Ivan Simonovic, the UN assistant secretary-general for human rights, reminded at the outset of his report. Full story
Ukraine on verge of civil war: Putin
MOSCOW, April 16 (Xinhua) -- The escalation of the conflict in Ukraine has brought the country to the verge of civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.
Putin warned of the possibility during a late night telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service said Wednesday. Full story