• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Ukraine PM defiant as pressure grows

UKRAINE will not give up "a single centimetre" of its territory, the country's prime minister said.

tribute: Ukranian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, and Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov at rally in Kiev. Picture: Reuters.
tribute: Ukranian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, and Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov at rally in Kiev. Picture: Reuters.

Speaking in front of a crowd gathered in Kiev to commemorate the 200th anniversary of poet and nationalist Taras Shevchenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said: "This is our land. Our fathers and grandfathers have spilled their blood for this land.

"And we won't budge a single centimetre from Ukrainian land. Let Russia and its president know this."

Mr Yatsenyuk later announced he would fly to the US this week for high-level talks on the "resolution of the situation in Ukraine".

Russia has reinforced its armed presence on the Crimean peninsula, with Russian president Vladimir Putin's foreign minister ruling out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.

The regional parliament in Crimea is to hold a referendum on March 16 on leaving Ukraine to join Russia.

Senior lawmakers in Moscow have said they would support the move, ignoring sanctions threats and warnings from US president Barack Obama that the vote would violate international law.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said Russia's occupation of Crimea would prove a "big miscalculation", as he sought to keep up pressure for a diplomatic solution.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

218189