11:45 18.03.2014

Law enforcers collect evidence of Russian services' involvement in unrest in eastern Ukraine - Yatseniuk

Employees of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have collected evidence of the involvement of Russian secret services in the organization of clashes in the eastern regions of Ukraine and have detained saboteurs, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.

"Unfortunately, Crimea is not the only region of the single and indivisible Ukraine in which external forces are trying to destabilize the situation, incite artificial conflicts, organize riots and provoke armed aggression from the outside on the pretext of allegedly protecting the rights of the Russian-speaking population. Not very numerous, but quite aggressive rallies in Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk and other cities are directed by external forces. Law enforcement agencies have collected compelling evidence of the involvement of Russian secret services in unrest in the east of our country," he said in his address to residents of Ukraine's southern and eastern regions.

"There are detained saboteurs. There's no place for these warmongers on Ukrainian soil," he said.

"At the same time, I, as prime minister and ordinary citizen, realize and accept the fact that many of you are concerned about the issues of regional autonomy, language problems, church and relations with the EU and Russia. There are also those who sincerely attend rallies without knowing the scenario and its customers. We hear such people and listen to them, especially because they are knocking at an open door," Yatseniuk said.

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