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Russia does not want war over Ukraine: UN envoy

Published on Mar 14, 2014 5:07 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations told an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Thursday that Russia does not want war over the Ukraine crisis.

"Russia does not want war and nor do the Russians," ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the Council following an address by visiting Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

His speech came after Western powers delivered a stinging rebuke of Moscow's actions in Ukraine and condemned a planned referendum in Crimea on Sunday to decide whether to join Russia.

Mr Churkin hit back with a scathing attack on his counterparts' assessment of the crisis and reiterated Moscow's position that Ukraine's president had been unconstitutionally deposed.

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