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The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting at Russia's request Sunday amid growing violence in eastern Ukraine. ...
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SHOTLIST: 1. SOUNDBITE (Russian with English translation) Vitaly Churkin, Russian Permanent Representative to UN:"We have pointed out on several occasions, including in this chamber, that the terrible actions leading to the coup de force by theself-proclaimed Kiev authorities are threatening once and for all to tear the fragile fabric of the mosaic based society. The authorities do not want to listen to those who do not accept the imposed dominance in Kiev of national radicals and chauvinist Russia-phobian anti-Semitic forces, seeing them as a threat to their human dignity and to their very lives." --butt to-- "We need to understand that the southeast of Ukraine and the people there are very concerned about their future and they don't want anybody especially the national radicals to impose their will on them."2. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to UN:"We know who is behind this. Indeed the only entity in the area capable of these coordinated professional military actions is Russia." --butt to-- "On Monday we will conclude the 1 billion dollar loan guarantee for Ukraine. This will benefit all the Ukrainian people including minorities. Next week Vice President Biden will visit Ukraine. We strongly support concluding the agreement between Ukraine and the IMF so the international community can bolster Ukraine's economy, and we will support in every way we can Ukraine's elections at the end of May so that Ukraine can advance its political transition and look to a peaceful future."3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lyall Grant, British Ambassador to UN:"The United Kingdom calls on Russia to immediately redeploy its troops away from the border, to cease all activity designed to heighten tensions and sow discord, and evoke the mandate given by the Federation Council on 1 march to use military force on Ukrainian soil."4. SOUNDBITE (English) Yuriy A. Sergeyev, Ukrainian Ambassador to UN"Only a few weeks ago have passed since the part of the territory of the Ukrainian was annexed by the Russian federations. And now Russia is applying the same tools inciting separatist parties by waging unprecedented anti-Ukrainian propaganda and mass media, destorting the truth about Ukraine, and sending in special troops to seize administrative and law enforcement buildings with the aim of destabilizing situation in eastern regions of Ukraine, and encouraging marginal groups to pursue their separatist ambitions, threatening unity and territorial integrity of my country." --butt to-- "Ukraine is under the large scale terrorist separation orchestrated by the Russian federation in sub-regions of eastern part of Ukraine. It constitutes a serious threat not only to the security of the people of Ukraine but to the international peace and stability as a whole. We consider it is a duty of this consult to find a proper peaceful solution of this crisis."STORYLINE:The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting at Russia's request on Sunday, amid growing violence in eastern Ukraine.Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said he was alarmed by Ukraine's announcement that it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency. But Britain's ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, said there were increasing signs of Russian involvement in orchestrating the violence."The United Kingdom calls on Russia to immediately redeploy its troops away from the border, to cease all activity designed to heighten tensions and sow discord," he said.Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with pro-Russia militia in the eastern city of Kharkiv on Sunday morning, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded.