Ukraine raids pro-Rus­sian sep­a­ratists

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Ar­rest of about 70 “sep­a­ratists” in Kharkiv comes as Rus­sia warns Ukraine un­rest could lead to civil war. Ukraine has launched an “anti-ter­ror­ist” oper­a­tion in the south­east­ern city of Kharkiv and has ar­rested about 70 “sep­a­ratists” for seiz­ing the re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, Ukrainian In­te­rior Min­is­ter Arsen Avakov has said.

Avakov posted on his Face­book page on Tues­day: “An anti-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tion has been launched. The city cen­tre is blocked along with metro sta­tions. Do not worry. Once we fin­ish, we will open them again.”

Ukraine’s In­te­rior Min­istry was quoted as say­ing by In­ter­fax-Ukraine news agency that those de­tained were sus­pected of “il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity re­lated to sep­a­ratism, the or­gan­i­sa­tion of mass dis­or­der, dam­age to hu­man health” and break­ing other laws.

In re­sponse, Rus­sia’s for­eign min­istry is­sued a state­ment call­ing on Kiev to stop the oper­a­tion, warn­ing that it “could lead to an out­break of civil war”. Mean­while in Paris, NATO chief, An­ders Fogh Ras­mussen, warned Rus­sia against in­ter­ven­ing fur­ther in Ukraine, urg­ing Moscow to “step back”. “Rus­sia’s il­le­gal ag­gres­sion against Ukraine is the great­est chal­lenge to Europe’s se­cu­rity in a gen­er­a­tion,” An­ders Fogh Ras­mussen told re­porters. Aljazeera

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