Russia to respond if citizens are killed in eastern Ukraine: Envoy to EU

'We will not invade Ukraine unless we are provoked to do that,' Russian envoy to the EU said.



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By Reuters

Published: Tue 15 Feb 2022, 11:12 AM

Russia will "respond" if Russian citizens start being killed anywhere, including in Ukraine's rebel Donbass region, Russia's RIA news agency cited Russian envoy to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, as saying on Tuesday.

"We will not invade Ukraine unless we are provoked to do that," Chizhov said. "If the Ukrainians launch an attack against Russia, you shouldn't be surprised if we counterattack. Or, if they start blatantly killing Russian citizens anywhere – Donbass or wherever."

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