Russian Version of Crimea Events ‘Not Credible,’ EU’s Tusk Says

  • Tusk, Poroshenko have ‘similar evaluation’ of Crimea, Donbass
  • EU president speaks with Ukraine leader amid renewed tensions

Russia’s version of events in the Crimean Peninsula and the Donbass region of Ukraine is “not credible,” according to European Union President Donald Tusk.

Tusk spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday after a resurgence in tensions over Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin last week threatened a “very serious” response when he accused Ukrainian agents of killing two Russian servicemen in Crimea, triggering the worst diplomatic standoff between the countries since the 2015 Minsk truce deal eased hostilities in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“We have a similar evaluation of the situation in Crimea and Donbass,” Tusk said on his Twitter account after a conversation with Poroshenko. “The Russian version of events is not credible.”

The 28-nation EU has urged both countries to avoid escalation of the conflict. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier last week called on Ukraine and Russia to reduce tensions over Crimea amid what he said was contradictory evidence of an alleged attack on the peninsula. Putin may travel to the region on Friday to talk with local officials and visit a summer camp for children, Russian media group RBC reported on its website on Tuesday, citing three unidentified people.

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