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Ukraine's PM appeals to U.N. over Crimea

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:43

March 13 - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk appeals to the United Nations to discuss the Russian forces' occupation of Crimea. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Desperate for help, Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk addressed the U.N. Security Council in a special session. He's hoping to find a peaceful solution to his country's crisis. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENY YATSENIUK, PRIME MINISTER OF UKRAINE, SAYING: "We still believe that there is a chance for a peaceful solution and the U.N. Security Council is a primary body, which is responsible for peace and stability in the world, can handle the situation and support Ukraine in tackling this crisis." The clock is ticking - a referendum on Crimea joining Russia is slated for Sunday. And with Russian forces occupying the peninsula, Yatseniuk wonders if Moscow is intent on war. The Russian Ambassador responded: (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VITALY CHURKIN, RUSSIA FEDERATION AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING: "I'm going to respond directly to a direct question put to me by Mr. Yatseniuk. Russia does not want war and nor do the Russians and I'm convinced the Ukrainians don't want this either." The U.S. weighed in on the situation, and showed their commitment to Ukraine. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAMANTHA POWER, UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, SAYING: "Russian forces must return to their bases, international human rights monitors must be allowed into Crimea and all countries must respect Ukraine's territorial integrity." Tensions on the ground remain high. One person was killed and several others wounded in clashes between rival demonstrators in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The crisis has become the biggest East-West face off since the Cold War.

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Ukraine's PM appeals to U.N. over Crimea

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:43