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A pro-Russian armed man sits near the entrance to the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on April 30, 2014. (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS)
A pro-Russian armed man sits near the entrance to the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on April 30, 2014. (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS)

Ukraine military on alert for Russian attack as rebels gain ground Add to ...

Ukraine’s armed forces are on full military alert in case of a Russian invasion, the country’s acting president said on Wednesday, reiterating concern over Russian troops massed on the border.

“I once again return to the real danger of the Russian Federation beginning a land war against Ukraine,” Oleksander Turchynov told a meeting of regional governors in Kiev, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

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“Our armed forces have been put on full military readiness,” he said.

Russia says it has no plan to invade eastern Ukraine following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March, but Turchynov’s remark made clear the pro-Western government in Kiev saw no reason to reduce the readiness of its armed forces. Kiev, however, accuses Moscow of orchestrating an armed uprising in the industrial east by Russian-speaking separatists.

SEPARATISTS SEIZE BUILDING IN HORLIVKA

Pro-Russian gunmen have seized yet another administrative building in eastern Ukraine.

Insurgents wielding automatic weapons took control of the city council building Wednesday morning in the city of Horlivka in the Donetsk region, which borders Russia, adding to the police building which they had controlled for several weeks.

An Associated Press reporter saw a small group of men standing guard outside the building and checking the documents of those entering. One of the men said that foreign reporters will not be allowed in and threatened to arrest those don’t obey orders.

The insurgents now control buildings in about a dozen cities in eastern Ukraine, demanding greater ties or outright annexation by Russia.

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