Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk visits Slaviansk, examines damage after the city was re-taken by Ukrainian forces in early July. Nathan Frandino reports.
The destruction in Slaviansk is everywhere. Months of fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels left much of the city in ruins. Now that the government is in control, it's time to rebuild. And it's starting with a visit by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk. The official comes offering help to those whose lives have been shattered by violence. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER, ARSENY YATSENIUK, SAYING: "Our assistance is payment of pensions, salaries, all social subsidies and billions of hryvna that we must invest now to renovate the city. Let's deal with it. We've started paying salaries. We've started paying pensions. We've started paying allowances. We've started construction." His visit also includes an inspection of weapons seized from pro-Russian separatists. His contempt for his northern neighbor is clear. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER, ARSENY YATSENIUK, SAYING: "Russia's politics is absolutely clear for me. On the one hand, they created the military conflict here. They, like vampires, suck money from us and kill our people. That is the most important thing. On the other hand, they are creating the economic destabilization." Violence erupted in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east following a pro-Europe revolt in Kiev. The Kiev revolt ousted a Moscow-backed president in February and led to Russia's annexation of Crimea.