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Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday told an emergency session of the UN Security Council that it was still possible to resolve the crisis with Russia peacefully.
"We still believe that we have a chance to resolve this conflict in a peaceful manner," Yatsenyuk told the Council, one day after talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington.
"We urge the Russian Federation to pull back its military forces deployed in Crimea to barracks and to start real talks and negotiations in order to tackle this conflict," he said.
"We want to have talks. We don't want to have any kind of military aggression," added the premier, before turning to address Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin directly in Russian.