A day after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, western Ukraine’s prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, said she was ready to use force to stop the spread of “anti-Ukrainian propaganda” in the region.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tymko said she hoped to use all means to stop pro-Russian militants from spreading propaganda about the separatist movement.
“We are ready to deploy force against anyone who tries to spread misinformation about our Ukrainian neighbors,” she said, referring to separatist rebels.
“Our aim is to ensure that people do not spread this false propaganda,” she added.
Ukrainians were divided over the Ukrainian government’s response to the crisis in Crimea, with the government blaming pro-Moscow separatists for the takeover of the peninsula by Russian forces in the past week.
But many of those who supported the Ukrainian military’s response said the conflict has turned into a civil war that has already killed more than 2,000 people and displaced more than 5 million, according to the UN.
Tymoshenko said on Sunday that Ukraine’s military was “ready to use any force to restore peace and security” in Crimea and that it was “very important to work together in the coming days”.
“We cannot let this happen.
We are not ready to accept this, not ready for this.
And we will not accept this,” she told reporters in Ukraine’s capital Kiev.