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US Accuses Putin of 'False Claims' on Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin answers journalists' questions on current situation in Ukraine at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow, March 4, 2014.
President Vladimir Putin answers journalists' questions on current situation in Ukraine at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow, March 4, 2014.
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The U.S. State Department has issued a 10-point rebuttal to Russian President Vladimir Putin's version of events in Ukraine, publishing a list of what it said are untruths.

The "fact sheet" is titled "President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine." Observers say its publication is a notable departure from standard procedure at the State Department, which rarely issues public statements suggesting a foreign leader is being untruthful.

"Mr. Putin says," the document begins, that "Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets."  It continues with what it calls "the facts," citing "strong evidence [that] suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea."  

The U.S. document concedes that the occupying force wears uniforms without insignia. But it says members of the occupation force drive vehicles with Russian military license plates "and freely identify themselves as Russian security forces when asked by the international media and the Ukrainian military."

The entire "fact sheet" is posted on the State Department's website.

The U.S. rebuttal also criticizes Putin's claims that Russian-speaking citizens of Crimea are facing threats from Ukrainians. "Outside Russian press and Russian state television, there are no credible reports of any ethnic Russians being under threat" in the region, it says.

A U.S. official is quoted as saying the "fact sheet" will be translated into Russian.

The Russian embassy in Washington offered no immediate comment on the document.

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by: Nikolae from: Ukraine
March 06, 2014 7:20 AM
More US lies, Omissions & Half-truths. Russia has been forced to act in Ukraine due to US & EU meddling and sponsoring of treasonous criminals who would have murdered the legitimate president if he had not fled for his life. This is another under-hand Zionist takeover of a country ripe for plundering. Russia is welcome here!!


by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
March 06, 2014 4:25 AM
Obama, please draw another "RED LINE" somewhere far from Crimea and warn Putin not to cross it. If Putin crosses it, then draw this time new Yellow Line in the downtown of Kiev. ..... I assure you he will never cross that line.


by: HONG HOA from: VIETNAM
March 06, 2014 1:15 AM
Hey Poor Mr. Obama, pls do not act as a hypocrite any longer. We do not believe that you stand by the side of the people of Ukraine at all. You only stand by the side of those who supports the West. Sactions against Russia will surely backfire and the US will suffer enough.


by: wong from: malaysia
March 05, 2014 9:12 PM
The Google news appear one sided, Only news from leader of the west is published. Nothing on the side of Russia, except something bad. Where is the freedom of press when it is biased ?

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