Putin goes on verbal attack against Ukraine, raising fears of war escalation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 11 put Ukraine’s armed forces on high alert and “full combat readiness” near Russian-occupied Crimea and the war zone in the Donbas.

The reaction came in response to Russia’s escalation of its three-year war against Ukraine in recent weeks, with the Kremlin on August 10 alleging that “Ukrainian saboteurs” had been arrested before they could carry out terroristic acts on Ukraine’s occupied peninsula. Russia claimed that two of its soldiers were killed in the confrontation.

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