Det russiske utenriksdepartment truer Kiev med katastrofe hvis det anvender makt mot separatistene i Øst-Ukraina.
Skjærer man gjennom retorikken er det tydelig at Moskva er separatistenes beskytter.
Offisielt sier man at Kiev bruker vold mot «sitt eget folk», men det er Moskvas folk, ikke Ukrainas, noe alle vet. Advarselen er derfor en dårlig skjult trussel.
Russia’s foreign ministry warned Thursday that any effort by Kiev to intensify its military operation «against its own people» in the east could have «catastrophic consequences».
And Russian news agencies quoted Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that while Moscow was «making efforts to de-escalate and settle the conflict», Kiev had launched a «reprisal raid».
He said the raid was «essentially finishing off the last hope for the feasibility of the Geneva accord».
Russia’s envoy to the OSCE, Andrei Kelin, said Moscow had urged the pan-European body to «take steps to stop this reprisal raid,» according to the ITAR-TASS news agency.
Hopes had been raised in recent days that the seven OSCE hostages in Slavyansk – four Germans, a Dane, a Czech and a Pole – might soon be released but Ukraine has accused the rebels of wanting to use them as human shields.