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Overthrown Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych requested Russia to send soldiers across the Crimean border to protect civilians, according to a claim of Moscow’s UN envoy.
‘Defending the people of Ukraine’
Vitaly Churkin said in a Security Council meeting that Yanukovych sent a written request addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Churkin showed a copy of the said letter at the meeting.
The former Ukraine President described the situation in the country as being on the verge of starting a civil war, with claims that civilians were persecuted simply for speaking Russian.
Ukraine’s officials denied this claim.
The Russian envoy quoted the letter: “I would call on the president of Russia, Mr. Putin, asking him to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability and defending the people of Ukraine.”
‘Fabricated to justify Russian military action’
Western ambassadors rejected Russia’s justification and retained its stance that the country violated international law.
US envoy Samantha Power said Russia’s move was “a response to an imaginary threat.”
“It is clear that these claims have simply been fabricated to justify Russian military action,” said UK ambassador Mark Lyall Grant.