Ukraine will not intervene militarily in the separatist peninsula of Crimea, in order to avoid exposing its eastern border, Ukraine's acting president told AFP Tuesday in an exclusive interview. In his comments, Oleksandr Turchynov, who came to power last month after violent protests brought down the previous pro-Moscow government, also slammed an upcoming referendum on Crimea as a "sham", the results of which will be fixed in Moscow. "We cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border (close to Russia) and Ukraine would not be protected," Turchynov said as Crimea -- a southeastern peninsula that has come under the de facto control of Russian forces -- prepares to vote in a referendum Sunday on joining Russia.
Socialist Michelle Bachelet promised to tackle inequality as she took the oath of office Tuesday, returning to power after four years to lead this prosperous South American country once more. "Chile has but one great enemy, and its name is inequality. The 62-year-old was sworn in at a solemn ceremony in Congress charged with symbolism. "Yes, I promise," she said as she took the oath from the new Senate leader Isabel Allende.