US: Ukraine has 'responsibility to provide law and order'

The White House said Ukraine's government has the "responsibility to provide law and order" as its troops move against pro-Russia separatists in the country's eastern region.

Ukrainian troops near a MI-8 military helicopter and armoured personnel carrier at a checkpoint in east Ukraine.
Ukrainian troops near a MI-8 military helicopter and armoured personnel carrier at a checkpoint in east Ukraine. Credit: REUTERS/Dmitry Madorsky

"These provocations in eastern Ukraine are creating a situation in which the government has to respond," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.

The US is "seriously considering" new sanctions against Russia, but is not considering providing lethal aid to Ukraine, he added.

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Russian govt: We will respond to attack on our interests

Russia's Foreign Minister has warned Ukraine his country will respond if its interests are threatened. Sergei Lavrov's words came as Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister announced new "anti-terrorist" action against separatists in eastern Ukraine.