Ukraine PM slams security services, raises question over efficiency of national security

Ukrainian acting Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has raised questions over efficiency of the security services in the country.

Last Updated: May 04, 2014, 20:55 PM IST

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Moscow: Ukrainian acting Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has raised questions over efficiency of the security services in the country and pointed that security services has failed to stop violence in the southern city of Odessa that claimed over 40 lives and created civil war situation.

The PM blamed Russian and pro-Russian protestors of staging `real war` situation and to eliminate Ukraine and its independence. Asked about pro-Russian groups who have taken over many buildings in towns in the east, Yatsenyuk said that they have not lost the control entirely but much more will depend on local population, whether they support peace and security.

He told BBC that there would be "full, comprehensive and independent investigation into the violence in Odessa". Most of the victims were pro-Russian separatists who died in a fire after barricading themselves in a building during the military operation.

Talking of Odessa violence, Yatsenyuk blamed the security service and law enforcement office for doing nothing to stop the crackdown.

Pointing fingers at security services, Yatsenyuk said, "These security forces are inefficient and they violated the law."

Ukrainian premier said that police chief of Odessa region had been removed and that the prosecutor`s office had started an investigation.

Around 40 people lost their lives in Odessa clash on Friday, most of them in fire at Trade Unions House.
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