Kremlin says Kiev, West responsible for Odessa bloodshed - agencies

MOSCOW Sat May 3, 2014 4:42am EDT

Related Topics

MOSCOW May 3 (Reuters) - Rusian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Saturday that both the Kiev authorities and their backers in the West were directly responsible for bloodshed in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Russian new agencies reported.

"Kiev and its Western sponsors are practically provoking the bloodshed and bear direct responsibility for it," RIA Novosti quoted spokesman Dmitry Peskov as telling reporters.

Peskov also said Friday's violence, in which dozens died, made the idea of holding presidential elections in Ukraine later this month "absurd". (Reporting by Nigel Stephenson, editing by Jason Bush)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (1)
babeouf12 wrote:
The post coup regime in Kyiv got the okay from Obama for ‘restoring order’. And what is the order that they aim to restore in Eastern Ukraine? An order that allows fascists to use ethnic Russians as fire wood.

May 03, 2014 5:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.