Ukraine crisis: we are now at war with pro-Russia rebels, states Kiev

by The Daily Lede


Ukraine crisis: we are now at war with pro-Russia rebels, states Kiev

Ukraine’s government has said the country is now “at war” with pro-Russia insurgents as the Kremlin warned that it had received “thousands” of pleas for help from inside its neighbour.

As fighting raged around the town of Kramatorsk in the eastern region of Donetsk, Ukrainians took stock of the worst bloodshed since the February Revolution.

At least 42 people died in the port city of Odessa on Friday, including dozens who were killed inside a burning building, while the army’s “anti-terrorist” operation in the east claimed another nine lives.

But Vasyl Krutov, the head of Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist” command, cautioned that the situation was more serious than had been thought. “What we are facing in the Donetsk region and in the eastern regions is not just some kind of short-lived uprising – it is in fact a war,” he said.

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