be 'grave mistake'
Ashley Fantz, CNN
24, 2014 -- Updated 0737 GMT (1537 HKT)
(CNN) -- U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned on
Sunday that it "would be a grave mistake" if Russian President
Vladimir Putin intervened militarily in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
was among U.S. leaders saying they want to see a unity coalition government in
the country after President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, the capital, and a
unanimous vote in Parliament removed him from power.
people," Rice said. The people expressed themselves peacefully, she said,
and Yanukovych "turned on" the people by using violence against them.
Ukraine is home to many people who speak Russian and identify with Russia.
returned from Russia and reported from the country for many years. On "Fareed
Zakaria GPS" on Sunday, Remnick said that Putin considers Ukraine and
Russia "linked by blood."
this is his area of interest. It's not the United States and even not
Europe," Remnick said. "This is really complicated for us."
democratic elections and a unity government, and President Barack Obama
stressed that to Putin in a recent conversation.
"Face the Nation" with strong words for Putin.
acceptable," McCain said.
future. They want to be Western. ... They do not want to be Eastern," he
the protest movement happening in Ukraine.
Durbin, D-Illinois, said he spoke with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
on Saturday just after she was released from prison following a unanimous vote
for a peaceful resolution to the problems in Ukraine, to follow the
constitution and the law."
focus on forming a unity government. "Yanukovych needs to step aside, and
I will say this: Now that the Olympics are over, we need to watch the behavior
of the Russians," she said.
unequivocal, public message to Putin not to interfere in what is happening in
Ukraine," Ayotte said, "to let the Ukrainian people determine their
future, to ensure that there is no interference in their sovereignty."
Union to help Ukraine move forward in a peaceful democratic way. We have to put
the pressure on Putin to stop his efforts to undermine this natural evolution
towards democracy," Durbin said, adding that he thinks Yanukovych
"has always been a puppet of Moscow."
Warning to Russia to refrain from interfering with Ukraine affairs seems to have
landed in deaf ears when it is reported that Russia has already beefing up war
ships and army around Ukraine to instill fear in the minds of the Ukrainians
and boosting the moral of the Russian ethnic
people in Ukrainians.
have alerted that the intent of the Russian government activities signals the
interfering with Ukrainians parliamentary activities that delayed the election
date and nomination of Ministers. They said that strict sustained monitoring is a
must till the issues are successfully accomplished in all respect.