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Ukraine Says Conflict With Russia Turned Military From Political

By Daryna Krasnolutska - Mar 18, 2014

 

Ukraine’s government said its conflict with Russia has entered a military phase as clashes in the
breakaway Crimea region intensified, killing at least one Ukrainian serviceman.


The country is seeking to set up a commission including the defense ministers of Russia, the U.S.
and the U.K. to avert further escalation, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told reporters in
Kiev. A soldier was killed when unidentified masked gunmen stormed a military installation in
Crimea, Vladyslav Seleznyov, a spokesman for Ukraine’s defense ministry in the region, said by
phone.


Tensions are increasing after Russian President Vladimir Putin flouted Western sanctions and
signed a treaty annexing Crimea into the Russian Federation. The Black Sea peninsula in a
disputed March 16 referendum voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia.


Russia has 25,000 troops in Crimea, which are blocking 38 Ukrainian units in the region, Serhiy
Hayduk, the head of the Ukrainian Navy, said via video link. Hayduk will speak with a Russian
deputy defense minister to avert escalation, he said.


To contact the reporter on this story: Daryna Krasnolutska in Kiev at dkrasnolutsk@bloomberg.net
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net Torrey Clark
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