Psaki defends Ukranian FM unsavory remarks
"He's been encouraging calm, encouraging a peaceful resolution, and I would otherwise point you to the Ukrainians on the meaning of the language used, but I think the context here of what effort he was undergoing is an incredibly important part," Psaki said.
Whether Deshchitsa truly succeeded in his aims of quelling the crowd is questionable – the video shows his words being immediately picked up and turned into a football chant.
While the Russian embassy did not get torched, one international incident was replaced with another after an official press release from Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, in which anti-Kiev militias in eastern Ukraine were described as "sub-human" separatists.
"I think the Prime Minister's behavior and his leadership has been consistently in support of a peaceful resolution," Psaki said, refusing to answer whether she felt okay with the Ukrainian official using the Nazi-like word "subhuman" to describe the Russians.
Psaki also commented on Russian gas giant Gazprom's move to switch Ukraine to a natural gas prepayment plan – but she struggled with the differences between oil and gas.