Ukrainian president orders troops onto highest alert in Donbass

by Reuters
Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:37 GMT

KIEV, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he had instructed all military units near Crimea and in the easterly Donbass region to be at the highest level of combat readiness, following Russian allegations of a Ukrainian incursion into Crimea.

Separately, the spokesman for Ukraine's General Staff told Reuters that Ukraine had been holding scheduled military exercises in southern Ukraine since Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Kiev on Wednesday of using terrorist tactics to try to provoke a new conflict and destabilise Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine dimissed the allegations as a cynical pretext for Russia to make more military threats against Ukraine. (Reporting by Polityuk Polityuk; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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