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Activist: People of Slaviansk want peace

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 - 01:33

April 21 - A day after a deadly shooting in Slaviansk, one activist says they just want peace. Meanwhile, Russia blames Kiev for failing to control extremists. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A quiet morning passes in Slaviansk a day after a deadly shootout threatens to shake an already fragile agreement. Sunday's gunfight killed at least three people and triggered more tensions between Moscow and Ukraine's Western-backed government. Residents wandered near the barricades Monday, where supporters handed out cigarettes and traditional Easter cakes. One activist said he and his fellow protesters just wanted to be free of Kiev and its new authorities. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK ACTIVIST, ALEXANDER, SAYING: "The people hope that the whole world will hear us at least, and that there's not a falsification of facts of what's happening here. All the people of Slaviansk and Donbass want peace, so that we are left alone. If someone doesn't like us, just let us live independently. Even if we live without Russia, if without Russia, then at least independently." Last week, Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU reached a deal in Geneva aimed at averting a wider conflict. In Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed Kiev for the shooting and accused authorities of violating the agreement. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING (SPEAKING ABOUT KILLINGS IN SLAVIANSK): "This is a crime beneficial only to those who want to cancel the implementation of the Geneva agreements. And everything points to the fact that the Kiev authorities are unable - or perhaps do not want - to control extremists who continue to rule there." Russia continues to deny involvement in eastern Ukraine's unrest.

Activist: People of Slaviansk want peace

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 - 01:33

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