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Ukraine crisis: US accuses Russia's Putin of making 'false claims'

Published on Mar 6, 2014 8:27 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States State Department dropped its diplomatic niceties on Wednesday and all but accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of lying about events in Ukraine, publishing a list of what it said were 10 of his "false claims".

A "fact sheet" released by the State Department's press office said Mr Putin had ignored or distorted the facts in "justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine".

The publication of the document, entitled "President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine", is highly unusual for the State Department, which typically does not issue statements in public that a foreign leader is being untruthful.

Russia and the West face their most serious confrontation since the end of the Cold War over influence in Ukraine, a major commodities exporter and strategic link between East and West.

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