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Ukraine's EU Pact brings Russian warning, 'Nazi' accusations

Ukraine's EU Pact with Russia influence
Russia's not too happy about the deal that threatens its sphere of influence.

CNBC reports, "Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia all signing that free trade agreement, and this is history in the making."

The New York Times says history in the making as it was this agreement that started the crisis in Ukraine in the first place. When former President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly walked away from this deal in favor of a Russian bailout last November, protests began immediately. While they began peacefully, Euronews reports fighting in the capital Kiev eventually forced Yanukovych to flee the country.

Ukraine's EU Pact Brings Russian Warning, 'Nazi' Accusations

This snub of signing the EU pact by the new government and newly-elected President Petro Poroshenko despite all Russia did to keep Ukraine under its influence didn't go over well in Moscow.

The comments making the most headlines came from a senior advisor to President Vladimir Putin, who told BBC President Poroshenko and members of the new government in Ukraine are "Nazis."

"Europe is trying push Ukraine to sign this agreement by force. ... Now in Ukraine, we have a clear Nazi government. This Nazi government is bombing the largest region of Ukraine."

Putin's spokesman quickly told Russian media that was not the position of the Kremlin. Besides the verbal jab, it's unclear what Russia actually plans to do to follow through on its threat of grave consequences.

Al Jazeera reports, "I don't think we're talking about military retaliation, of course, but there's no doubt Russia has plenty of levers it can pull to exert influence on this part of the world."

And, according to RT, that's the general consensus among analysts. While Ukraine wants to integrate itself into the European economy, it's still heavily reliant on Russia for energy - giving the Kremlin plenty of leverage in threats of sanctions.

Voice of America says pro-Russian militants on the eastern side of Ukraine continue to fight the new government. Russia denies any hand in the fighting, though the U.S. and Europe allege Russia is funding and arming the militants.

A ceasefire agreement between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russian militants expires Friday.

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julius June 28 2014 at 11:16 AM

To bad for Ukraine. Now they will be slaves of EU and US. And Putin will find the way to show who controls the region. He'll cut gas supply and Russian's "Energy" corp won't order parts of the space ships from Ukraine, for which Russia was paying $15B/year. For 20 years since the collapse of USSR everything was OK between Ukraine and Russia, then US created turmoil in Egypt, Livia, Georgia, and now Ukraine. The time will tell who was right.

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HAYLEY BUG June 28 2014 at 6:04 PM

Stalin killed more of his own people than Hitler did! Wake up people-stop Russian aggression in Ukraine!

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Dirk Smith June 28 2014 at 4:17 PM

Only a sovak moron would buy this tiresome 'blame the nazis' rhetoric. This sums up the archaic mentality of third-world russia's KGB clerk.

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juststeve35 June 28 2014 at 11:09 AM

So sayeth the Stalinist.

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steelebook juststeve35 June 28 2014 at 12:02 PM

You do know what "decimated" means, don't you?

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tistolaugh June 28 2014 at 12:00 PM

The Obama Admin's incompetence and inexperience in world affairs and foregin policy will have us in WWIII before this is all over.

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Jim Dawson June 28 2014 at 12:00 PM

That commie Putin has the nerve to call Ukraine Nazi's

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christa June 28 2014 at 4:01 PM

We should have let George Patton destroy Russia after world 2 was over as he said we would regret not doing so

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dawnmuse79 christa June 28 2014 at 10:34 PM

Gen. George Patton was correct.

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Brian Hope christa June 29 2014 at 12:21 AM

At that time, all most American soldiers were concerned about was earning enough credits to enable them to return to the U.S. without being involved in the expected military invasion of Japan. Furthermore, most American civilians were very much in harmony with that sentiment.

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alatlasa5 June 28 2014 at 9:59 AM

Well learned from Hitler, who said that the dictators of Checkoslovakia and Poland were abusive of their powers hence Germany should come in to help.
Mr. Putin invent your own otherwise the mamba will resign from the triumvirate.

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theron June 28 2014 at 1:31 PM

I have heard this before from friends in norway, that the Nazi's are gaining ground and that the new government in Ukraine is indeed a Nazi organization. Now Putin is saying the same thing. Beware, it may be true....

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donrahilly June 28 2014 at 6:11 PM

Didn't Putin take Crimea?? Pot calling..........

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dawnmuse79 donrahilly June 28 2014 at 10:40 PM

Ukrainians will get Crimea back ... it's part of their country ... Khrushchev returned Crimea back to it's owners.

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