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Ukrainian PM: Putin Wants to Restore USSR

'God knows where is the final destination.'

Russian President Vladimir Putin “has a dream to restore the Soviet Union and every day he goes further and further,” interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told NBC’s David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday. “God knows where is the final destination.”

Ukrainian loyalist forces engaged in deadly clashes with pro-Russian groups this weekend despite a peace deal brokered in Geneva, Switzerland Thursday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavov.

Pro-Russian militants occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine refuse to back down until their demands, which range from autonomy from Kiev’s control to annexation by Russia, are met. Meanwhile, approximately 40,000 Russian troops are encamped along the Russia-Ukraine border.

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