Putin slams Ukrainian forces as "NATO legion"
Ukrainian armed forces are in essence a NATO legion, which is not serving the country's national interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.Source: sputniknews.com
"It is, in essence, not an army anymore but a foreign legion, a NATO-controlled foreign legion, which is not serving to protect Ukraine's national interests," Putin said at a meeting with university students in St. Petersburg.
"They are pursuing other goals linked with attaining geopolitical goals of deterring Russia contrary to the interests of the Ukrainian people," Putin said, the Russian website Sputnik reported.
"Unfortunately, the Kiev authorities refuse to chose a peaceful path through the use of political means. They used a brief ceasefire only to regroup their forces, and started military operation again," Putin said.
Many in Ukraine have already realized that the country is caught in a civil war that had taken lives of thousands of people, he added.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government introduced a state of emergency in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and heightened the overall alert level across the country, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced Monday.
“A Ukrainian Cabinet Ministers meeting was just held…and the decision to call for an emergency situation was made at the government level. The government has made the decision to implement an emergency situation in the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions,” Yatsenyuk said.
"The reason for making this decision is to completely coordinate the activities of all the powers of authority and provide security for the citizens,” he said.