Crimea braced for ALL-OUT WAR: Region may spiral out of control as independence day looms

SECURITY experts have warned Crimea could descend into a bloody war within a week amid rising tensions that could escalate during celebrations to mark Ukraine’s independence day on August 24.

Russia and Ukraine have been urged to reduce tensions in the region as fears grow that Moscow and the West could become embroiled in a proxy war over the small Black Sea peninsula, which was annexed in 2014.

Now, analysis by Teneo Intelligence has warned the security situation in eastern Ukraine “may deteriorate sharply…due to the forthcoming 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence on 24 August”.

The company also said the “diversion of attention of the international media and policy-makers due to the Olympics” may also encourage Russia to step up its campaign.

Foreign leaders have been forced to call for calm as the war of words has turned increasingly heated.

Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was worried about rising tensions.

Fears are growing Russia may be planning to ramp up fighting in the war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, after Moscow accused Kiev of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea.

Western commentators believe Moscow could be using the spat as a cover to invade Ukraine or station more troops along its border with Eastern Europe.

Full article: Crimea braced for ALL-OUT WAR: Region may spiral out of control as independence day looms (Express)

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