Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (R) seen in a hall to take part in a conference call with commanders of Ukrainian military units, located in Crimea, at the Defence Ministry headquarters in Kiev, March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv
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Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to destabilize Ukraine's presidential election in May and has been preparing for possible military action in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.In an interview with Reuters, Yatseniuk, 39, said Putin wants to extend his hold on Ukraine outside the Crimea peninsula, which he took over earlier this month, into other areas where the majority of the country's Russian speakers live.Yatseniuk came to office after the removal of Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich following months of protests triggered by his refusal to sign a trade deal with the European Union last November.He said that to further undermine Ukraine, Putin will try to challenge the validity of the country's May 25 presidential election.Beyond Ukraine, Yatseniuk said, Putin was eyeing more influence in other former Soviet republics.
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