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Russia Accuses Kyiv Of Using 'Dictatorial,' 'Terrorist' Means

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Russia's Foreign Ministry has alleged that "dictatorial and sometimes terrorist methods" are being used in Ukraine to pressure dissenters against the country's new authorities.

It accused the parliament that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych of pushing through constitutional reforms without proper debate, and passing legislation curtailing the rights of ethnic Russians.

A ministry statement called for a "crackdown on the extremists who are trying to get established in power" in Ukraine.

The ministry also accused Western states, saying they were not worried about Ukraine's fate but instead engaged in "unilateral geopolitical calculations" in support of their own interests.

The European Commission, meanwhile, said on February 24 that it recognized Oleksandr Turchynov, an ally of formerly jailed Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as Ukraine's legitimate acting president.

The commission also said Ukraine could sign EU political cooperation and free-trade accords after a new government is formed through elections.

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With reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, dpa, and RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir and Russian services.

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Russia Accuses Kyiv Of Using 'Dictatorial,' 'Terrorist' Means

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