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Ukraine asks for U.N. peacekeepers in east

Russia holds veto on any decision

  • Pro-Russian men storm a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Pro-Russian men storm a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • A pro-Russian man places a Russian flag over a police station during its mass storming in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  The text reads: Ukrainian police station in Horlivka". Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A pro-Russian man places a Russian flag over a police station during its mass storming in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. The text reads: Ukrainian police station in Horlivka". Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • The head of the local police station Herman Pristupa, brandishes firearms at the entrance to a police headquarters stormed by pro-Russian activists in Horlivka, Ukraine, Monday, April 14, 2014. Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    The head of the local police station Herman Pristupa, brandishes firearms at the entrance to a police headquarters stormed by pro-Russian activists in Horlivka, Ukraine, Monday, April 14, 2014. Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • A pro-Russian man places a Russian flag over a police station during its mass storming in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  The text reads: Ukrainian police station in Horlivka". Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A pro-Russian man places a Russian flag over a police station during its mass storming in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. The text reads: Ukrainian police station in Horlivka". Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • A pro-Russian man runs during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A pro-Russian man runs during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Masked pro-Russian men attack British photojournalist Frederick Paxton, 2nd right, during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. Western journalists have routinely been targeted for intimidation by crowds during the stormings. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Masked pro-Russian men attack British photojournalist Frederick Paxton, 2nd right, during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014. Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. Western journalists have routinely been targeted for intimidation by crowds during the stormings. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Pro-Russian men attack a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Pro-Russian men attack a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • A Pro-Russian man attacks a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A Pro-Russian man attacks a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • A pro-Russian man throws a stone during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. Text on the building reads: "Horlivka's police".  Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A pro-Russian man throws a stone during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. Text on the building reads: "Horlivka's police". Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Pro-Russian men storm a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Pro-Russian men storm a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Pro-Russian men storm a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • A pro-Russian man places a Russian flag over a police station during its mass storming in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  The text reads: Ukrainian police station in Horlivka". Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • The head of the local police station Herman Pristupa, brandishes firearms at the entrance to a police headquarters stormed by pro-Russian activists in Horlivka, Ukraine, Monday, April 14, 2014. Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • A pro-Russian man places a Russian flag over a police station during its mass storming in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  The text reads: Ukrainian police station in Horlivka". Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • A pro-Russian man runs during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • Masked pro-Russian men attack British photojournalist Frederick Paxton, 2nd right, during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. Western journalists have routinely been targeted for intimidation by crowds during the stormings. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • Pro-Russian men attack a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • A Pro-Russian man attacks a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • A pro-Russian man throws a stone during the mass storming of a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014. Text on the building reads: "Horlivka's police".  Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
  • Pro-Russian men storm a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka on Monday, April 14, 2014.  Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine’s acting president urged the United Nations yesterday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and a small airport.

The request came from a government that has proved powerless to rein in separatists in its eastern and southern regions, where insurgents have seized or barricaded government buildings in at least nine cities, demanding more autonomy from the new government in Kiev and closer ties with Russia.

The Kiev government and Western officials accuse Russia of instigating the unrest and of deploying armed Russian agents in civilian clothing to carry them out.

In a telephone call with Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov suggested that an “anti-terrorist operation” be conducted jointly by Ukrainian security forces and U.N. peacekeepers, according to the presidential website.

Peacekeepers, however, would have to be authorized by the U.N. Security Council, where Russia holds a veto.

Turchynov’s deadline for insurgents to give up their weapons and vacate their homemade barricades passed yesterday without any visible action – instead, the violence continued. A pro-Russian mob stormed a Ukrainian police station in Horlivka, another city near the Russian border. Later in the day, armed men in masks also seized control of a small airport outside the city of Slovyansk, also in the Donetsk region bordering Russia.

“The Russian Federation is sending special units to the east of our country, which seize administrative buildings with the use of weapons and are putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of our citizens in danger,” Turchynov said, according to the presidential website.

The events echoed those in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia last month after key regional facilities were seized by Russian troops aided by local militiamen.

Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying yesterday that Putin has received “numerous appeals” from eastern Ukraine “asking him to help and interfere in one way or another.” Peskov added that Putin was “watching the developments in those regions with great concern” but wouldn’t elaborate.

The developments came as the European Union’s foreign ministers met in Luxembourg to consider further sanctions against Russia and three days ahead of a Geneva conference seeking ways to defuse tensions.

Ukraine has asked for small arms.... DID YOU KNOW....HEADLINE : "Flashback: Senator Obama pushed bill that helped destroy more than 15,000 TONS of ammunition, 400,000 small arms and 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles in Ukraine" HEADLINE: "Remember when Sarah Palin said that if dumbo was elected - Putin would invade the Ukraine ?" of course you dont know these things because you probably only see radical left media like this CM rag.

Ah...another breathless comment brought back from some alternate universe. The program of which BPR/Sail speaks was a bipartisan deal--Dick Lugar and Obama were lead sponsors, and the bill was signed into law by,,,wait for it,,,President Bush. The clear implication of the nonsense claims (all startlingly the same--and note that BPR/Sail NEVER cites the sources of his "headlines"--is that this program which got rid of Cold War leftovers that otherwise would have found their way to terrorist groups worldwide--is the reason Putin annexed Crimea. That's a stretch, to put it politely.

Revisionist history by of all things a public school history teacher - PRICELESS

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