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Members of Putin's rights council say no grounds for Ukraine invasion

Published on Mar 3, 2014 7:00 AM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a State Council meeting in the city of Cherepovets, about 400 km north of Moscow, on Feb 17, 2014. Members of President Vladimir Putin's human rights council urged him on Sunday not to invade Ukraine, saying threats faced by Russians there were far from severe enough to warrant sending in troops. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Members of President Vladimir Putin's human rights council urged him on Sunday not to invade Ukraine, saying threats faced by Russians there were far from severe enough to warrant sending in troops.

A statement signed by 27 members of the advisory body reflected deep concern among Russian liberals at the prospect of Kremlin aggression against Russia's neighbour.

Mr Putin stunned the world and sparked outrage in the West by securing parliament's consent on Saturday to send armed forces into Ukraine to protect Russian citizens who the Kremlin says are under threat from militant supporters of the government installed after the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich was toppled.

Those concerns are overblown, members of the Presidential Council on the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights said in the statement.

 
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