April 15, 2014
Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia, on Tuesday said Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. Medvedev’s remarks come as the junta in Kyiv launched a military operation against “terrorists” who have occupied government buildings in the eastern part of the country.
“I will be brief: Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, it’s frightening,” the former president said, according to Russian news agencies.
Pro-Russian citizens mistrustful of the coup government want a referendum on secession.
Reports state four “militants” were killed and two wounded when Ukrainian troops stormed an airport in Kramatorsk. RIA Novosti reports the Ukrainian military has blocked approaches to the town of Slovyansk.
Ukrainian military in control of airfield at eastern Ukraine's Kramatorsk, acting president's office says. http://t.co/vQE5WCkAuR
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The U.S. military in the Black Sea is on high alert following reports Ukraine troops traded gunfire Tuesday with pro-Russian separatists.