Kyiv says it’s ‘helpless’ to restore order in east

Global News

HORLIVKA, Ukraine – Ukraine’s police and security forces are “helpless” to quell unrest in two eastern regions bordering Russia, and in some cases are co-operating with pro-Russian gunmen who have seized scores of government buildings and taken people hostage, the country’s president said Wednesday.

Oleksandr Turchynov said the goal now was to prevent the agitation from spreading to other territories.

“I will be frank: Today, security forces are unable to quickly take the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions under control,” Turchynov said at a meeting with regional governors.

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“The security bodies … are unable to carry out their duties of protecting citizens. They are helpless in those matters. Moreover, some of those units are either helping or co-operating with terrorist organizations.”

Turchynov instructed the governors to try to prevent the threat from spreading to more central and…

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