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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Prevent mutilation of Ukraine

After renewed violent clashes in eastern Ukraine on the weekend the EU and the US must prevent the further destabilisation of the country, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung demands. They must "quickly answer the question of how much they are willing to invest economically and politically to protect an independent European state from total mutilation. The main priority now is to deprive Moscow of any excuse for aggressive actions and show that Russia's justified interests are being taken seriously. The Ukrainian government has already announced a constitutional reform that gives the regions more power and takes the Russian language more into account. This must be quickly implemented. And in addition the government must make a serious attempt to combat right-wing extremist groups in the country. The West will offer Kiev financial and organisational support for this. At the same time it should finally make up its mind to impose tougher economic sanctions if Putin continues to destabilise Ukraine."

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