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Russia says Kiev's claims special forces in east Ukraine 'resemble paranoia'

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) speak during a meeting of the council of trustees of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) in the main library of the State University in Moscow on April 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / ALEXEY DRUZHININ

MOSCOW: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Thursday dismissed claims by Ukrainian authorities that Moscow has dispatched elite special forces to east Ukraine to stir unrest, saying the allegations resemble paranoia.

"These statements resemble paranoia," Shoigu was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. "Instead of always looking for Moscow's hand (behind events), Kiev should stop calling residents of Ukraine's southeast 'separatists' and 'terrorists' and start constructive dialogue with them," he said.

 

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