Russia says Putin conquer quote on Ukraine 'was taken out of context'

September 2, 2014 11:35 PM

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Ukrainian security officials on Tuesday accused Russia of sending more troops and weaponry into eastern Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin's reported boast that he could conquer Kiev in two weeks appeared to signal Kremlin indifference to economic sanctions imposed by the West.

In a weekend phone call with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Putin denied that Russian military forces were in Ukrainian territory when asked to withdraw them, European newspapers reported after Barroso relayed the conversation to European Union leaders at the Brussels summit Satu...

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