Ukraine is launching military action in an effort to quell demonstrations by pro-Russian separatists who’re holed up in several government buildings.
Announcing the move the acting Ukraine President Oleksandr Turchynov said the action would involve Ukraine armed forces.
“We will not allow Russia to repeat the Crimea scenario in Ukraine’s eastern regions. This is not a war between Ukrainians, this is an artificially created conflict aimed at weakening and destroying Ukraine as a state,” Turchynov said in a televised address.
Turchynov who also offered an amnesty gave rebels occupying state buildings until Monday morning to lay down their weapons.