Russia has called an emergency meeting of the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) in response to acting President Oleksandr Turchynov In a live televised address from parliament said he would not allow a repetition of what happened in Crimea which was annexed by Russia last month.
The meeting, at 20:00 New York time (midnight GMT), was called for by Moscow, which has strongly criticised Kiev’s plan to use its armed forces in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, Nato’s secretary general voiced concern at events in the region. While the U.S. ambassador to the UN has stated that the growing discord in the country is being fueled by Moscow, a acquisition in which the Kremlin denies.
According to a Ukrainian presidential decree, pro-Russian separatists should give up their weapons and leave buildings they have occupied by 0600GMT responding to Mr Turchynov’s address, a Russian foreign ministry spokesman said the plan to use the armed forces was “criminal” and caused “particular indignation”.”Ukraine was, the spokesman said, “waging war against its own people”.
Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s statement on Sunday drew parallels with some aspects of last month’s seizure of Crimea.He said the “reappearance of men with specialised Russian weapons and identical uniforms without insignia, as previously worn by Russian troops during Russia’s illegal and illegitimate seizure of Crimea, is a grave development”.
A senior Ukrainian intelligence official said his country’s special services had evidence proving Russia’s direct involvement in the events in eastern Ukraine.
“We have not only evidence, we have 18 detainees, we have career officers of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, we have arrested agents complete with instructions, arms and explosives,” Security Service head Valentyn Nalyvaychenko said in a live TV discussion program.
On Saturday, armed men took over police stations and official buildings in Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Druzhkivka. similar accounts emerged of armed men dressed in camouflage arriving in buses in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk and storming the police stations.
BBC reporters in Sloviansk said the gunmen were well-organised and quickly established control throughout the town. Checkpoints had been set up on the main roads into the town.