Putin 'destabilizing' Ukraine, Kerry says

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on February 25, 2015 in Washington, DCUS Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of destabilizing Ukraine through “land grabs,” warning Moscow and the rebels had failed to meet the terms of a tattered ceasefire. Putin had put in place policies which “violate all the international norms with respect to territory and behavior,” Kerry told lawmakers. Top US officials have lashed Putin and his ministers in recent days as the fighting has continued in Ukraine, with Kerry on Tuesday directly accusing Russian leaders of lying “to my face” over the conflict. “To date, neither Russia nor the forces it is supporting have come close to complying with their commitments,” Kerry said Wednesday in a prepared statement to lawmakers on the second day of intense congressional hearings.

Share this article