UKRAINE CRISIS: ‘RUSSIA HAS LAUNCHED A GREAT WAR’

BBC News on September 2, 2014, reported that Ukraine’s defence minister has accused Russia of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. Excerpts below:

The comments came after Ukrainian troops were forced to flee Luhansk airport in the east of the country amid an offensive by pro-Russian rebels.

Meanwhile, crisis talks between Ukraine officials, rebels and Russian envoys have broken up without agreement.

“A great war has arrived at our doorstep – the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War Two,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey wrote on Facebook on September 1.

“Unfortunately, the losses in such a war will be measured not in the hundreds but thousands and tens of thousands,” he added.

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