Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk listens during an interview with Reuters in Kiev April 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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The Kiev government will stick to unpopular austerity measures "as the price of independence" as Russia steps up pressure on Ukraine to destabilize it, including by raising the price of gas, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told Reuters.Yatseniuk said Ukraine would never recognize the Russian takeover in exchange for re-establishing good relations.We will never recognize the annexation of Crimea ... The time will come when Ukraine will take over control of Crimea," he said, speaking in English, seated in his cavernous, Soviet-built government headquarters beneath the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag.He has called himself the leader of a "kamikaze" government, doomed by unpopular austerity measures it must take, but he said Ukraine would stick to the measures, which include doubling gas prices for domestic consumers from May 1 and holding down state pensions and salaries against a background of a 3 percent contraction of the economy and double-digit inflation. Referring to Moscow's move Thursday to raise the gas price for Ukraine for a second time in a week, Yatseniuk said:
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