President Petro Poroshenko has asked the Ukraine military to prepare to defend against a possible “full-scale invasion” by Russia, as clashes intensified in eastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko told parliament that there was a “colossal threat” that large-scale fighting would resume. He also claimed that Moscow had deployed 9,000 of its troops in the conflict-torn region, the BBC reports.
The surge in violence in the government-held towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, was the worst since the Minsk ceasefire took effect in February.
Kiev said it had lost five soldiers in the last 24 hours, while the rebels said that 15 people, including civilians, had been killed.