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Ukraine protesters that attacked Russian Embassy in Kiev 'wanted to see blood': Minister

Published on Jun 16, 2014 12:56 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed on Sunday that a Ukrainian mob that attacked Moscow's embassy in Kiev wanted to take over the compound and see "blood spilt".

"Our diplomats feel that the attackers wanted to physically seize the embassy," news agencies quoted Mr Lavrov as saying. "There are also reasons to believe that they wanted to see blood spilt."

Nationalists with signs reading "Kremlin - hands off Ukraine!" climbed the perimeter fence of Russia's compound on Saturday while others smashed the building's windows with boulders and overturned diplomats' cars.

Their seemingly spontaneous protest followed the shooting down of a Ukrainian military plane in east Ukraine, killing all 49 soldiers on board and triggering a vow by newly elected President Petro Poroshenko to deliver "an adequate response" to pro-Russian rebels behind the attack.

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