— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) April 26, 2014
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Saturday that Russian military aircraft had crossed the country’s airspace seven times “to provoke Ukraine to start a war.”
“Russian military aircraft today overnight crossed and violated Ukrainian airspace seven times. The only reason is to provoke Ukraine to start a war,” he told journalists at a briefing in Rome, following a meeting with Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
He said the seizure of 13 international OSCE observers by pro-Kremlin rebels who accuse them of being “NATO spies” was “another proof and evidence that these so-called peaceful protesters with Russian ideas are terrorists.”
Russia pledged Saturday to help free the observers, who were sent to Ukraine to monitor an April 17 accord signed in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union that was meant to de-escalate the dangerous crisis in the ex-Soviet republic.