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West, Russia trade accusations at UN over new Ukraine violence

Friday, June 05, 2015 - 01:38

New violence in the eastern Ukrainian town of Maryinka brings out fresh accusations at the United Nations on who is instigating the fighting. Nathan Frandino reports.

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In the eastern Ukrainian town of Maryinka, army convoys now patrol the streets, where landmarks bear fresh scars from the latest violence. A surge in fighting there between the army and pro-Russian rebels has not only put troops on high alert, it has sparked new tensions at the United Nations. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power... (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAMANTHA POWER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAYING: "Russia and the separatists it trains and arms, fights alongside and with whom it shares command and control systems in Ukraine continues to ignore this consensus, flouting the commitments it made in Minsk." The recent fighting in the Donbass region has gone far beyond the regular low-level skirmishes that have flared since a ceasefire began in February. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) blames both sides, saying Kiev's forces and the rebels are putting civilians at risk. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says a critical moment has come...and it's up to Ukraine to keep the peace. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VITALY CHURKIN, RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAYING: "If we allow Kiev to continue to not implement the absolutely necessary measures with regards to Donbass, the situation could fall out of control with unpredictable consequences." Moscow has denied aiding the separatists, though Kiev forces say they have the evidence to prove Russia's support... Meanwhile, at the United Nations, there are real fears that the shaky peace, has begun to unravel.

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West, Russia trade accusations at UN over new Ukraine violence

Friday, June 05, 2015 - 01:38