Kiev launches anti-terrorist operation that Russia calls "criminal"
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 01:39
April 13 - Violence escalates in Ukraine, where the government has launched an anti-terrorist operation to clear government buildings of armed pro-Russia activists. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Victims of protest violence dragged and dropped on a stairwell in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
A group of men and women can be seen kicking and beating several youths who are already bloodied.
The scene is the latest as tensions mount between pro-Ukraine and pro-Russia supporters.
The escalating of violence and the takeover of government buildings by pro-Russia activists - seen here in Kramatorsk - have led Kiev to launch a full-scale anti-terrorist operation.
Acting Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov blames Russia.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) ACTING UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, OLEKSANDER TURCHINOV, SAYING:
"The blood of Ukrainian heroes has been shed in a war which the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine. The aggressor has not stopped and is continuing to sow disorder in the east of the country. It's not a war between Ukrainians, it's an artificially created situation of confrontation, the aim of which is the weakening and destruction of Ukraine as such. But in the end it weakens our enemies. Russia is condemned by the whole civilized world."
Ukrainian special forces have already moved into the city of Slaviansk.
Sunday's violence has already left one state security officer killed and five wounded.
Turchinov gave those occupying government building a 600 GMT deadline to lay down their weapons.
Russia is calling the anti-terrorist operation a "criminal order."
Back in Kharkiv, clashes left 50 people injured and sent a clear message that the conflict is far from over.
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