KIEV, April 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government said on
Wednesday the United States had promised to stand by it in the
face of aggression, and announced that it would press ahead with
a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups.
After a lull for the Easter religious holiday, officials in
Kiev decided to renew what they call an “anti-terrorist
operation” against separatist militias who have seized control
of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine.
KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine’s acting president Oleksander Turchinov called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture.
Kiev’s first push failed last week to retake one of the towns in the mainly Russian-speaking east occupied by the separatists, and its military has largely suspended operations since the United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union signed a deal in Geneva last week intended to calm the crisis.