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Ukraine crisis has evolved into 'full-scale civil war': Putin

Published on May 23, 2014 6:51 PM
 

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the crisis in Ukraine had evolved into a full-scale civil war, blaming Washington for backing the overthrow of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

"The Ukrainian crisis arose because Yanukovych postponed the association agreement with the European Union. This was followed by a coup backed by our American friends and as a result there is chaos and full-scale civil war," Putin told an economic forum in Saint Petersburg.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 in St Petersburg on May 23, 2014. Mr Putin said on Friday that the crisis in Ukraine had evolved into a full-scale civil war, blaming Washington for backing the overthrow of former president Viktor Yanukovych. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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