2014-02-19T151651Z_1_CBREA1I16G700_RTROPTP_2_UKRAINE-SECURITY

Obama warns Ukraine military not to 'step over the line'

Anti-government protesters use a sling as they fire objects towards Interior Ministry members and riot police in central KievBy Mark Felsenthal TOLUCA, Mexico (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called on Ukraine’s armed forces on Wednesday to stay out of the country’s political crisis and warned that there would be consequences for those who “step over the line.” Using his toughest language so far in response to a Ukrainian conflict that has drawn threats of U.S. and European Union sanctions, Obama denounced the violence and put the onus on Ukraine’s government to reach a peaceful resolution. “We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an appropriate way, that the Ukrainian people are able to assemble and speak freely about their interests without fear of repression,” Obama told reporters at the start of a North American summit in Mexico.

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