Still not too late for peaceful solution in Ukraine- Merkel aide

BERLIN, March 3 Mon Mar 3, 2014 6:15am EST

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BERLIN, March 3 (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel believes it is not too late to resolve the Ukrainian crisis by political means despite differences in opinion between Vladimir Putin and the West on Crimea, which Russia now controls, an aide to the chancellor said on Monday.

Merkel has proposed to the Russian president Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama sending a "fact-finding mission" to the Ukrainian region of Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea where Russian forces have seized control without any fighting.

"It is still not to late to resolve this crisis peacefully by political means," said Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert, urging Moscow to withdraw "from the logic of troop movements".

"There is no doubt President Putin has a completely different view on the situation and events in Crimea from the German government and our Western partners," he said.

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TomMariner wrote:
“Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea where Russian forces have seized control without any fighting”. The Ukranian military are cowards. When troops with uniforms of another country (worse, with no insignia) show up inside your country you shoot them.

Civilians are dying in street demonstrations and the guys who are supposed to protect them are throwing down their arms and putting their hands up.

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