TIME Ukraine

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.

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


YOU BROKE TIME.COM!

Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team