Ukrainian First Deputy PM, Acting defence minister to fly to Crimea

by Reuters
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:21 GMT

KIEV, March 19 (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk issued an order on Wednesday for the first deputy prime minister and the acting defence minister to fly to Crimea to "resolve the situation" in the region now controlled by Russian forces.

Ostap Semerak, a senior minister, told a meeting of the cabinet that Vitaly Yarema and Ihor Tenyukh would be charged with "ensuring the conflict does not become military in nature".

He said the two men had just left the meeting.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Ron Popeski)

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