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Putin appears intent on expanding scope for confrontation with Ukraine

The biggest question currently preoccupying Western governments is whether Russian President Vladimir Putin's moves are just a step in a bigger Russian offensive. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON - The likelihood of all-out war in central Europe has increased after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he is siding with pro-Russian rebels staking a claim to large swathes of the territory of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government has responded by calling up some of its reservists to military duties and by declaring a month-long state of emergency throughout the country.

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