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Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 8:21
Russia threatens response if interests attacked in Ukraine
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Russia issued a blunt warning yesterday it would respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as pro-Kremlin rebels in the restive east of the country braced for a new military offensive by Kiev.

The threat by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, recalling the 2008 war with Georgia over breakaway South Ossetia, came as US troops were headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow of new sanctions over the escalating crisis.

He did not elaborate, but the reference to South Ossetia strongly hinted at the possibility of military action.
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