Daily Mail: Russia warns it will be 'the beginning of the end of Ukraine' and its army will 'shoot the country in the face' if it 'has to defend its citizens' – as Putin builds his forces on the border
* Kremlin official referred to having to defend civilians from a 'second Srebrenica' * Spokesperson said the situation risked leading to 'full-scale combat operations'
* Moscow claims that Ukraine is inflaming tensions by beefing up border security
* It comes as new footage emerged showing tanks being transported to frontier
* Vladimir Putin insists deployment is defensive and to check 'combat readiness'
A senior Kremlin official has warned that if Russia is 'forced' to defend its citizens in the disputed Donbass region it would be 'the beginning of the end of Ukraine.'
Tensions have soared in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks after Vladimir Putin dispatched tanks, helicopters and tens of thousands of troops to the Ukrainian border. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov today said the situation in eastern Ukraine was 'very unstable' and warned it risked leading to 'full-scale combat operations.'
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WNU Editor: Rhetoric aside. You can take this to the bank. The Kremlin will wage war if this red-line is crossed …. If Ukraine launches a full-scale war in Donbass, Russia will be forced to defend its citizens, says Putin’s deputy chief-of-staff (RT).
More News On Russia's Reaction To Growing Tensions With Ukraine
Putin, Merkel discuss situation in Donbas over phone — Anadolu Agency
Russian Gunboats Head To The Black Sea To Join Military Buildup Near Ukraine — Warzone/The Drive
Russian Navy sends more landing crafts into Black Sea — Defence-Blog