Obama condemns Russia’s ‘dark tactics’ in Ukraine


Obama met Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko(CHOCOLATE KING)in Warsaw and promised years of US support, then blasted Russia and vowed to protect ex-Soviet states in NATO in a hawkish speech marking 25 years of Polish democracy.”How can we allow the dark tactics of the 20th century to define this new century?” Obama asked.”As we’ve been reminded by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, our free nations cannot be complacent in pursuit of the vision we share – a Europe that is whole and free and at peace.”

Obama will come face-to-face with Putin on Friday in France.Though several European leaders are meeting the Russian leader and hope to pursue dialogue to ease the Ukraine crisis – which saw hundreds of rebels battle government forces on Wednesday – Washington remains to be convinced.”We will not accept Russia’s occupation of Crimea or its violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty,” Obama said, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in Brussels a review of “the US force presence in Europe” amid the Ukraine crisis.The Russian leader accused the US of hypocrisy in its “aggressive” attempts to punish Russia over Ukraine.The 300 rebels who took part in the attack were armed with automatic weapons, rocket launchers and mortars, and the Ukrainian forces fought “to the last bullet,” according to the ministry.

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