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Ukraine blames Russia for ‘continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry’

July 16th, 2014
03:21 PM ET

Click here to watch Amanpour's full interview with Klimkin.

By Mick Krever, CNN

As conflict intensifies in Eastern Ukraine, that country’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Russia of massive interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

“We have continuous and intentional destabilization of Donetsk and Luhansk,” Pavlo Klimkin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“They keep saying their influence is limited, but it’s also about continuous inflow of weapons and heavy weaponry from Russia.”

“We have inflow of weapons, of mercenaries, of heavy weaponry – tanks, everything.”

“And as you know, you can probably buy Kalashnikov in a kind of shop on the black market, but you can’t buy tanks or you can’t buy anti-air missiles there.”

Just three weeks ago, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared a unilateral cease-fire and he told Amanpour that he believed peace was possible in a matter of weeks or months.

But separatists did not abide by the cease-fire, and Kiev resumed its assault on the militants.

As the world’s attention has shifted to unrest in Iraq and Israel/Gaza, fighting in Ukraine has only become more deadly. A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down, and a deadly air strike on a town near the Russian border killed 11.

In Brussels, EU leaders on Wednesday met to discuss the worsening situation and whether to impose fresh sanctions on Russia.

“For me, it’s not just about sanctions – both from the European Union and the United States,” Klimkin said. “For me, it’s about the European Union talking in one voice. For me, it’s about continued solidarity from the European Union.”

“And it’s of course about bold actions.”

The country needs an immediately “bilateral” cease-fire, the foreign minister said.

In an attempt to achieve that, he told Amanpour, the government has been trying to arrange negotiations between the separatists, Kiev, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

“We’ve been working on that practically for more than a week. And the real problem is the lack of readiness from the separatist side to meet.”

“And actually six days ago we come up with a creative, innovative idea of having video conference with the separatists – both with Donetsk and Luhansk. And it took us practically six days just to talk about this video conference.”

“Now it’s about Russian influence on the separatists to make profess on this negotiations. From our side … we are the people of peace.”

WATCH: Ukraine foreign minister on ongoing conflict


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  1. cal am

    this is a piece of propaganda if the media would actually report in an unbiased way it would help save lives as pressure would be put on both sides here who are behaving badly. It is not Russia it is Kiev slaughtering their own and blaming Russia for it, The separatists are just as bad killing people. The US government is manipulating this so as to benefit geopolitcally and economically.

    July 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  2. aaaa

    Russia was cought firing directly from its territory onto Ukraine’s forces.

    Russian multiple rocket launcher ‘Grad’ was filmed firing from the Russian territory to Ukraine by an occasional Russian tourist:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zeh0FlTpbbo

    Goggle maps location:
    https://www.google.com/maps/@48.075444,39.927873,3a,75y,280.78h,77.48t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1srHWc-PxeytNWkxUHNzlaYA!2e0

    Location identification:
    @sergivanovg @tombreadley Всё сходится... Гугл карты: bit.ly/1mMDR4U http://t.co/usRvLDfDCc—
    Хуёвый Верующий (@vanyka_othlobys) July 16, 2014

    Video operator and ‘Grad’ locations:
    @tombreadley Похоже на правду, отметил на карте откуда снимали и где стояли грады. Слева желтая линия – граница. http://t.co/sEv1gJaneQ—
    Иван Сергеев (@sergivanovg) July 16, 2014

    July 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • aaaa

      Location identification:
      @sergivanovg @tombreadley Всё сходится... Гугл карты: bit.ly/1mMDR4U http://t.co/usRvLDfDCc—
      Хуёвый Верующий (@vanyka_othlobys) July 16, 2014

      Video operator and ‘Grad’ locations:
      @tombreadley Похоже на правду, отметил на карте откуда снимали и где стояли грады. Слева желтая линия – граница. http://t.co/sEv1gJaneQ—
      Иван Сергеев (@sergivanovg) July 16, 2014

      July 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Truth

      Aaa, thats actually wrong.

      The illegal kiev coup gov army and batallions was trapped in south-east of lugansk, towards the ukr-russian border.

      The ukr army moved into the "neutral zone" (aprox 2km width between ukr and russia where there is common area). The ukr army fired from their position in "russian" borderside.

      Btw the selfdefence forces never needed any assistant from russia here, since the selfdefence forces had completly sorrounded the ukr army there, and had weapon and height superiority. (The ukr army was basicly like lamb/pigs to the slaughterhouse)

      July 17, 2014 at 12:56 am | Reply
  3. atlacatl

    Mr Krever, the writer of this article, makes The Ukraine government elected by USA, NATO and the West of Ukraine, look so good like "we are people of peace" really ? Wow ! Freaking government trying to oppressed and dictate the West way to the East of Ukraine, even if their destructive actions will leave no infrastructure standing, and not a living citizen in the east.

    July 17, 2014 at 12:00 am | Reply
  4. Truth

    This article is complete hogwash.

    1. South-east selfdefence forces broke the truce? Thats ballony.
    There _NEVER_ was any real truce/ceasefire.
    The undemocratic illegal kiev coup government with Poroscenko never actually followed the truce.
    They fired nonstop daily grads/mortars/missiles against the population in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.
    Killing and injuring alot of civilians.

    Calling such war crimes (deliberatly targeting civilians and water/energy/medic/schools infrastructure) as "peacefire" is a mere joke.
    There never avtually was any peacefire.
    (There were however close to 70 grad/missile/artilleries stationed at Mt.K....., howevering missiles day and night into the civilians.
    Discusting!.

    2. It took 5 days for the seperatists to take part in videochat, because _noone_ communicated to them about actuall videoconference.
    So dont blame the seperatists, since they werent even informed!.

    3.
    Tanks from russia?
    Who actually believes that?
    The tanks seen have clearly been from captured ukr armys equipments. And about 10-20 from various museums that has been refitted to be operational again.

    There is even alot of footages from the battles and the outcomes.
    And it would be very unlikely to sneak russian tanks through the ukr-russian border-control/customs without anyone notices;)

    The only tanks crossing from russian side into ukraine has been two occasions where ukranian army illegaly drove into russia, and drove back. (Was to avoid getting attacked by the selfdefence forces).

    And offcourse the outdated sovjet tanks transfer from crimea to ukr gov. But thats not to the selfdefence forces.

    July 17, 2014 at 12:50 am | Reply
  5. john

    I suggest to Mrs.Amanpour as an independent journalist as she pretend,to go and take an interview with Mr.Netaniahu and ask him if he can sleep after killing more than 30 palestinian innocent children.Or to ask that boody ukrainean ministry why he consider its own citizen ,terrorists just because they want to separate from Ukraine.Who said they mast be part of Ukraine.Ukraine never was a country .It was artificially created and people there have the right to decide where they want to go.

    July 17, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
  6. David Grace

    Complete fabrication, Just a spokesperson for the State department,Not a journalist

    July 17, 2014 at 11:04 am | Reply
  7. *adrian

    IT IS NOT FAIR.........!!!!!!!
    WHY THEIRS CONFLICS BETWEEN RUSSIA WITH UKRANIA,BUT OUR INNOCENCE PEOPLES TOBE AS THE RUSSIAN MISSILE WRONG OR SUCH AS THE TARGET.......
    R.I.P FOR THE MH17 VICTIMS.......
    FROM INDONESIAN FATHERS.....TRINITAS

    July 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  8. eLaL

    according to last inofficial informations – allegedly MH17 could have been shot down by ukrainian fighter jet – on sight – plane identified as to be russian (colors blue-red-white) – supposed to carry president Putin on board.

    July 18, 2014 at 6:51 am | Reply
  9. eLaL

    Ria Novosti now reports – bullet holes found on wings of airplane.

    July 18, 2014 at 7:30 am | Reply
  10. peter7

    Ria Novosti now reports – bullet holes found on debris of flight MH17.

    July 18, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
  11. Erm...

    Why don't you report about the civilians the puppet government in Kiev slaughters en masse?

    July 21, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
  12. Erm...

    Russian briefing uncovering the Kiev's USA installed junta shutting down the 777

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSpeo5RcQQo&w=640&h=390]

    July 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Reply

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