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Russia in 'panic' over European, democratic Ukraine: Interim leader

Published on Mar 18, 2014 12:39 AM

KIEV (AFP) - Russian aggression in separatist Crimea was prompted by "panic" in Moscow over a democratic and European Ukraine, Ukraine's interim president Oleksandr Turchynov said on Monday.

Moscow was "in a panic over Ukraine's example where the people overcame a totalitarian regime. The Kremlin is most afraid of a democratic, European and prosperous Ukraine... that's the reason for its aggression," he said in a speech to the nation.