Tensions spike after Russians fire on Ukrainian troops

Ukraine’s prime minister said today that the conflict in Crimea has entered a military phase and accused Russia of commiting a “war crime” by firing on Ukrainian servicemen.

“The conflict is moving from a political one to a military one because of Russian soldiers,” Arseny Yatsenyuk said at a meeting at Ukraine’s defense ministry. “Today, Russian soldiers began shooting at Ukrainian servicemen and this is a war crime without any expiry under a statute of limitations.”

Earlier Tuesday, a military spokesman said a Ukrainian officer was wounded in a shooting at a military facility outside Simferopol, the Crimean capital, but it was unclear who was behind the shooting.

The incident comes on the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty Tuesday to make the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia, while the White House announced the United States and its G7 allies will gather next week to consider further response to the Crimea crisis.
Source: VOANews.com
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