Ukraine defence chief warns of 'great war' with Russia

The wreckege of an armoured personel carrier is seen at an abandoned checkpoint in Olenivka, 20km south of Donetsk, on Sept 1, 2014. Ukraine's defence minister warned on Monday that a "great war" has broken out with Russia over his country's fut
The wreckege of an armoured personel carrier is seen at an abandoned checkpoint in Olenivka, 20km south of Donetsk, on Sept 1, 2014. Ukraine's defence minister warned on Monday that a "great war" has broken out with Russia over his country's future that could claim tens of thousands of lives. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's defence minister warned on Monday that a "great war" has broken out with Russia over his country's future that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

"A great war has arrived at our doorstep - the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II. Unfortunately, the losses in such a war will be measured not in the hundreds but thousands and tens of thousands," Mr Valeriy Geletey wrote in a Facebook post.