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April 13, 2014 AT 12:24 PM
Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address. The previous president, who fled to Russia after being ousted earlier this year, accused the CIA of being behind the decision. Turchynov said the Ukrainian Security Council decided to use the army because "we're not going to allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in Ukraine's east." He pledged amnesty to anyone who lays down arms by Monday morning. Speaking hours later on Russian state television, Viktor Yanukovych claimed that CIA director John Brennan had met with Ukraine's new leadership and "in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed."