April 27, 2014
Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russian military aircraft of crossing the country’s airspace “to provoke Ukraine to start a war”.
“Russian military aircraft … crossed and violated Ukrainian airspace seven times,” he told journalists at a briefing in Rome on Saturday, following a meeting with Pope Francis and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
“The only reason is to provoke Ukraine to start a war.”
Mr Yatsenyuk said the seizure of 13 international observers by pro-Kremlin rebels, who accuse them of being “NATO spies”, was “another proof and evidence that these so-called peaceful protesters with Russian ideas are terrorists”.