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NOVO-OGAREVO, March 04. /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin said Russia can use its army in Ukraine only as a measure of last resort and on legitimate basis. "So far, there is not such need (to bring in troops), though there is such a possibility," Putin said.
He underlined that the reason to use Russian armed forces in Ukraine can only appear in case of emergency.
"We see the rampancy of neo-Nazi, nationalists, and anti-Semites taking place in some parts of Ukraine, including Kiev," Putin went on.
Media representatives certainly saw an incumbent governor chained, handcuffed on a square in winter, doused with water, locked in a cell and tortured there. "What's this? What kind of democracy is it?" Putin said.
Putin reminded that the governor in question had been appointed only recently. "Even if we assume that all the authorities are corrupt, he had no time to steal anything," the Russian president said.
He also cited the seizure of Party of Regions’ office which had been empty save for several technical staff. "Two or three people came out, one of them said: 'Let the women pass. I'm an engineer.' He was shot and killed on the spot. His colleague from technical service was forced into a cellar where Molotov cocktails were thrown at him. It is another manifestation of democracy?" Putin said.
"When we see it, we understand what worries the Ukrainian citizens living in eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. They are concerned about this lawlessness," the president said.
Putin said the recent Russian army exercise had nothing to do with the events in Ukraine. The drill had been planned in advance. "It was not announced because it was a snap check of combat readiness," he said. "The drill is now complete. Yesterday, I ordered to have all army units returned to places of permanent deployment.