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US Secretary of State John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a stern and final warning to Russia to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine or face more sanctions.

“The window to change course is closing. The world will make sure the costs for Russia will only grow” if Russia refuses to change course, Kerry said late Thursday.

Kerry’s warning came after Ukraine used lethal force against pro-Russia activists in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, reportedly leading to five deaths.

“What is happening in eastern Ukraine is a military operation that is well-planned and organized. If Russia continues in this direction, it will not only be a grave mistake — it will be an expensive mistake,” Kerry said.

The top US diplomat accused the Kremlin of “a full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic effort.”

“Russia has put its faith in distraction, deception, and destabilization,” he said, adding, “For seven days Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction.”

Tensions between Russia and the West heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and became part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16.

Meanwhile, protests have been a common scene across eastern Ukrainian cities over the past weeks with demonstrators occupying state buildings in several towns and cities.

On April 17, Ukraine’s interim government together with the United States, Russia and the European Union reached an agreement in the Swiss city of Geneva, calling for all sides to ease the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine interim authorities in Kiev said on Friday that army units have begun the second phase of an operation to drive out pro-Russia activists from the eastern cities.

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  • Bob

    Nuke em

    • Defiant

      Fuck you bobby, your IQ is room temp level.

      • xxx

        “room temp level” – Come on Defiant that is exaggerating. I bet he can´t even show on a map where to nuke them.

        • Defiant

          You’re probably right my apologies, I stand corrected:)

          Im getting a little bit fed up as the “good’ol boys club” wants to use Europe as a bettering ram to deal with Russia to get their world domination\depopulation dream, why does that sound so familiar to me, hmm….

          • tms

            there are those of us here that are getting tired of it too. :( :(

      • Observer

        Stereotyping doesn’t make you sound any more intelligent, only an observation…

  • tms

    wtf? Nuke em? WTF is your problem? What a great representation of ignorance and cruelty. Dear World: Bob is the perfect representation of what America should not be. Please know there are many of us here in the U.S. that are ashamed to be represented by people like him.

  • Sick sense of sense

    A message to the world. The self serving parasite that masquerades as the United States government is NOT our government, we hate it too. US “gov’t” and US citizens are NOT the same. We’re taking bids now for someone to remove it. Have a nice day, hurry now, the deadline is nears.

    • Sick sense of sense

      deadline nears*

  • Patricia Canon

    John Kerry – you have no idea anymore what democracy is. You and the other so-called US leaders look like fools to the world. Your game has become transparent to most people. Let the Ukrainian people decide for themselves. They do not need your permission to separate from the fascists you installed in Kiev.

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