Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will not give into Western pressure over the Ukraine conflict and that ''such tricks do not work with Russia, have never worked before and will not work in the future.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Federal Security Service board meeting on Thursday that Russia will never give into pressure from the West over its involvement in eastern Ukraine . "In order to contain Russia the full selection of methods is being used from attempts of political isolation and economic pressure to a wide-scale information war and special services methods. As it has been recently straightforward and openly said they are going to twist the arms of those who don't agree. But such tricks do not work with Russia, have never worked before and will not work in the future," said Putin addressing staff of the Federal Security Service, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB. He also accused Western spies of plotting to undermine his rule and "destabilize" Russia. A ceasefire agreed between the warring sides last month is still tenuously holding despite what Ukraine's military says are regular attacks by rebels who have taken control of large swathes of territory in the industrialized east. If the ceasefire does not hold as it happened after the first Minsk meeting it is likely that pressure on the White House to provide Kiev military assistance will grow. This assistance might include delivery of defensive arms to Ukraine. So far Washington provides Kiev with non-lethal arms. Yesterday the first 10 of a planned 230 Humvees from the U.S. arrived in Kiev. Another two lots with 20 heavily armored vehicles are scheduled to be delivered to Ukraine by April, and the rest of the 200 vehicles will be sent within 45 days, according to Poroshenko's website. More than 6,000 people have been killed in the conflict since the separatists rose up last April against a pro-Western government that took power after street protests in Kiev led to the overthrow of a Moscow-backed president