NewsMax (Bloomberg News) on September 13, 2014, reported that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to restore the Soviet Union, while Kiev’s central bank chief predicted her country’s battle-ravaged economy may shrink as much as 10 percent this year. Excerpts below:

“Putin cannot cope with the idea that Ukraine will be part of the European family,” Yatsenyuk said at a conference in Kiev on September 13. “He wants to restore the Soviet Union.”

Putin’s goal is to “take the entire Ukraine” while Russia poses a threat to the global order, Yatsenyuk told the Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting.

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