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Putin Says Russia Will Not Allow Ukraine To Destroy Separatists

In strikingly explicit terms Russian President Vladimir Putin said publicly what has likely been Russian policy for some time – Russia will not allow Kiev’s forces to destroy the separatists. The statement came during an interview with German television concerning the conflict in Ukraine and how Russia would respond to new sanctions. Putin framed the argument as a commitment to stop ethnic cleansing and said he had concerns about Ukraine “ending up as a neo-Nazi state.”

The declaration of support for the separatists puts Putin an a difficult position rhetorically given that the Russian government has repeatedly denied it is supplying separatist forces with arms. The most recent denial came at the G20 meeting where Western leaders reportedly tried to pressure Putin to cease all involvement in Ukraine.

If Putin believes Kiev’s forces are facilitating a genocide against ethnic Russians and says he won’t allow it – then why wouldn’t he arm the separatists?

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned he won’t allow rebels in eastern Ukraine to be defeated by government forces as European Union ministers met to consider imposing more sanctions on the separatists. “You want the Ukrainian central authorities to annihilate everyone there, all of their political foes and opponents,” Putin said in an interview yesterday with Germany’s ARD television. “Is that what you want? We certainly don’t. And we won’t let it happen.”…

“We are very concerned about any possible ethnic cleansings and Ukraine ending up as a neo-Nazi state,” Putin said according to an English translation of his remarks published by the Kremlin.

Putin reportedly left the G20 summit early over the Ukraine badgering by Western leaders, but if his recent comments are any indication it does not seem as though he has changed his mind on the matter. Ukraine remains a vital national interest to Russia and after the violent overthrow of President Yanukovich backed by the US and EU it appears Putin does not find Western insistence on following rules that compelling.

The government in Kiev, meanwhile, is taking action against the areas ruled by separatists in the Donbass region. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said that Kiev is withholding state funds from the region and ordered government workers in the area to suspend work. Putin hinted at retaliation for the move which could take the form of cutting off energy supplies to Ukraine as winter approaches. The Ukraine state itself is verging on bankruptcy.

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Putin Says Russia Will Not Allow Ukraine To Destroy Separatists

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In strikingly explicit terms Russian President Vladimir Putin said publicly what has likely been Russian policy for some time – Russia will not allow Kiev’s forces to destroy the separatists. The statement came during an interview with German television concerning the conflict in Ukraine and how Russia would respond to new sanctions. Putin framed the argument as a commitment to stop ethnic cleansing and said he had concerns about Ukraine “ending up as a neo-Nazi state.”

The declaration of support for the separatists puts Putin an a difficult position rhetorically given that the Russian government has repeatedly denied it is supplying separatist forces with arms. The most recent denial came at the G20 meeting where Western leaders reportedly tried to pressure Putin to cease all involvement in Ukraine.

If Putin believes Kiev’s forces are facilitating a genocide against ethnic Russians and says he won’t allow it – then why wouldn’t he arm the separatists?

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned he won’t allow rebels in eastern Ukraine to be defeated by government forces as European Union ministers met to consider imposing more sanctions on the separatists. “You want the Ukrainian central authorities to annihilate everyone there, all of their political foes and opponents,” Putin said in an interview yesterday with Germany’s ARD television. “Is that what you want? We certainly don’t. And we won’t let it happen.”…

“We are very concerned about any possible ethnic cleansings and Ukraine ending up as a neo-Nazi state,” Putin said according to an English translation of his remarks published by the Kremlin.

Putin reportedly left the G20 summit early over the Ukraine badgering by Western leaders, but if his recent comments are any indication it does not seem as though he has changed his mind on the matter. Ukraine remains a vital national interest to Russia and after the violent overthrow of President Yanukovich backed by the US and EU it appears Putin does not find Western insistence on following rules that compelling.

The government in Kiev, meanwhile, is taking action against the areas ruled by separatists in the Donbass region. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said that Kiev is withholding state funds from the region and ordered government workers in the area to suspend work. Putin hinted at retaliation for the move which could take the form of cutting off energy supplies to Ukraine as winter approaches. The Ukraine state itself is verging on bankruptcy.

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