Ukraine's Defense Ministry refuses to take Pentagon calls

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Announcement comes as the White House continues to call on the Ukrainian military to remain neutral in the crisis

Announcement comes as the White House continues to call on the Ukrainian military to remain neutral in the crisis

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Pentagon said Thursday that the US military’s calls to their Ukrainian counterparts have gone unanswered after at least 86 people were killed in deadly clashes in Kiev over the last 48 hours.

“We haven't been able to connect with anybody from the defense ministry in Ukraine,” said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby while speaking to reporters.

According to Kirby, the Pentagon has been trying to phone their counterparts for the entire week.

Kirby’s announcement comes as the White House continues to call on the Ukrainian military to remain neutral in the conflict.

“We urge the Ukrainian military not to get involved in a conflict that can and should be resolved by political means,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a statement released Thursday.

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