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Ukraine mobilises army as West warns Russia not to violate Ukraine sovereignty

Published on Mar 3, 2014 11:31 AM
 
Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit, with a Ukrainian serviceman (top right) seen in the background, in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol on March 2, 2014. Leaders of the G7 industrial powers on March 2, 2014 condemned Russia's clear violation of Ukraine's sovereignty as the United Nations rushed its deputy chief over to assess a crisis assuming Cold War proportions. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Leaders of the G7 industrial powers on Sunday condemned Russia's "clear" violation of Ukraine's sovereignty as the United Nations rushed its deputy chief over to assess a crisis assuming Cold War proportions.

Kiev warned it was on the brink of disaster and called up military reservists as pro-Moscow gunmen, believed to be acting under Kremlin orders, tightened their grip on Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Russia's parliament voted Saturday to allow troops to be sent into the ex-Soviet state - a decision condemned by the United States as a "violation of Ukrainian sovereignty". Symbolically billing themselves as the "G7," the world leaders said in a statement that Russia's actions were incompatible with the Group of Eight (G8) nations, which Moscow joined in 1997 and said they would not take part in preparatory talks for June's G8 summit in Sochi, Russia.

The statement, signed by the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the presidents of the European Council and European Commission, was released by the White House.

 
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