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Sat Aug 30, 2014, 07:07 AM

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis


Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis
By Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth
LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:50am EDT

(Reuters) - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. He announced that rebels had succeeded in halting it, and proposed that they now permit surrounded Ukrainian troops to retreat.

Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be "ready to repel any aggression towards Russia." He described Ukrainians and Russians as "practically one people," language that Ukrainians say dismisses the very existence of their thousand-year-old nation.

The past 72 hours have seen pro-Russian rebels suddenly open a new front and push Ukrainian troops out of a key town in strategic coastal territory along the Sea of Azov. Kiev and Western countries say the reversal was the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Putin to prop up a rebellion that would otherwise have been near collapse.

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pampango Aug 2014 #1

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Sat Aug 30, 2014, 07:14 AM

1. You're right, Vlad. There are certainly foreign Nazis sweeping across Ukraine. This time, though,

they are coming from the east not the west.

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