Bloomberg: Russia Warns of ‘Consequences’ After Deaths as Ukraine on Alert
* Putin vows ‘serious additional measures’ on annexed peninsula
* Ukrainian officials say Russia wants to escalate conflict
Russia said the deaths of its servicemen in Crimea wouldn’t go “without consequences” and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko put his troops near the peninsula and in the country’s easternmost regions on “high alert,” warning that Vladimir Putin is seeking to reignite the conflict in the disputed territories.
The Foreign Ministry in Moscow ratcheted up the threat of retaliation a day after the Russian president vowed to respond with “very serious” measures and said Ukrainian agents had engaged in “terror” tactics on the Black Sea peninsula, which he seized in 2014. Poroshenko dismissed the accusations as “fiction” that could be an “excuse for further military threats” by Russia. He ordered the armed forces, national guard and border troops to go on high alert Thursday and urged police to step up security to prevent potential terrorist attacks, according to a statement on his website.
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