Moscow ‘powerless to stop’ Russians from fighting in Ukraine

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A pro-Russian rebel stands guard in the village of Spartak near Donetsk airport on April 10, 2015

Nikolai Patrushev, the hawkish former chief of the federal security service (FSB) who currently sits at the helm of President Vladimir Putin’s group of security advisors, said the conflict is fuelled by US attempts to wipe out Russia. “Emotions go into play, people head over there and fight,” Patrushev said in a wide-ranging interview to Kommersant newspaper published Monday. The 15-month-long conflict in Ukraine has claimed the lives of nearly 6,500 people and driven more than a million from their homes.

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