Hague condemns Russian tanks move

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Foreign Secretary William Hague has criticised the entry of Russian tanks into eastern Ukraine Foreign Secretary William Hague has criticised the entry of Russian tanks into eastern Ukraine

William Hague has condemned the "completely unacceptable" sight of tanks entering eastern Ukraine from Russia as he renewed calls on Moscow to act to reduce tensions or face further sanctions.

Pro-Russian rebel leaders have declined to say where they obtained the tanks, which were part of a column of armoured vehicles that crossed the border yesterday.

Ukrainian troops drove separatists from occupied buildings in the southern port of Mariupol, the second-largest city in the Donetsk region which rebels have declared independent of Kiev.

"The entry into the sovereign territory of Ukraine of three Russian tanks is completely unacceptable," Mr Hague said.

"Russia needs to commit to defusing tension. This means securing borders, withdrawing all military forces, and preventing further violence in eastern Ukraine.

"I urge the Russian leadership to work with President Poroshenko to restore stability and to regain the trust of the international community.

"The Russian leadership should be clear that the international community stands ready to impose further sanctions if Moscow continues to provoke instability and does nothing to stop further violence."

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10:29pm Fri 13 Jun 14

timt1964 says...

this bald headed twit is clueless.the ukraine government are doing what they want,cant blame russia for winding them up.send our troops to get involved,might aswell because this like afghan and iraq are none of our business and a complete waste of time.
this bald headed twit is clueless.the ukraine government are doing what they want,cant blame russia for winding them up.send our troops to get involved,might aswell because this like afghan and iraq are none of our business and a complete waste of time. timt1964
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5:21pm Sat 14 Jun 14

varteg1 says...

Hague speaks and Putin trembles in his boots..... as though.
Hague speaks and Putin trembles in his boots..... as though. varteg1
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7:51pm Sat 14 Jun 14

bmoc55 says...

Hague/NATO and US all need to be more balanced in their comments on the Ukraine.
Russia is probably backing the pro-Russia cause, but then Kiev is not helping with calming the problem.
Kiev are unable to close down the insurgents and are afraid to enter the towns as they will become involved in guerilla warfare, so instead they are randomly shelling and mortoring which is causing civilian casualties.. They will have to negotiate with the insurgents and recognise their legitimate concerns.
Maybe the West will recognise that blindly backing Kiev and not criticising its heavy handed operations in the East, is a mistake that will resonate for sometime with unknown results.
Hague/NATO and US all need to be more balanced in their comments on the Ukraine. Russia is probably backing the pro-Russia cause, but then Kiev is not helping with calming the problem. Kiev are unable to close down the insurgents and are afraid to enter the towns as they will become involved in guerilla warfare, so instead they are randomly shelling and mortoring which is causing civilian casualties.. They will have to negotiate with the insurgents and recognise their legitimate concerns. Maybe the West will recognise that blindly backing Kiev and not criticising its heavy handed operations in the East, is a mistake that will resonate for sometime with unknown results. bmoc55
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