The statement came after clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian demonstrators in Donetsk late on March 13 that left at least two dead and several injured. However, most eyewitnesses say that the pro-Russian side instigated the violence.
“Russia realizes responsibility for compatriots’ lives in Ukraine and
reserves the right to protect these people,” the ministry said in a statement
on its website, adding that Kyiv had demonstrated an inability
to control the situation in the eastern Ukrainian city.
The ministry’s statement said that demonstrators, “who wanted to express their attitude towards the
destructive position of people who named themselves as the Ukrainian
authorities,” were protesting peacefully before being attacked by armed right-wing