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Ukraine heading for civil war, West to blame: top Russian MP

Published on Feb 19, 2014 2:04 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Ukraine is on the brink of a civil war that has been inflamed by the West, a top Russian lawmaker who oversees foreign affairs said on Tuesday.

Mr Alexei Pushkov, the head of the lower house's foreign affairs committee, condemned the deadly violence that erupted in Kiev on Tuesday as an attempt to "seize power through chaos and lawlessness" in comments to the Interfax news agency.

"I consider that a significant amount of responsibility for this falls on the West and Western politicians, who are constantly putting pressure on the Ukrainian authorities," Mr Pushkov said.

At least nine people died during clashes between anti-government protesters and police on Tuesday, including seven civilians and two policemen, a police spokesman told Reuters.

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