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Russia-Ukraine crisis could tip into 'total war'

But for now, the Pentagon is playing down the recent build-up of Russian troops on the border.

Mr Poroshenko addressing servicemen and relatives of pilots who were killed in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. If tensions continue to rise this autumn, international debate could reignite about intensified military support for his government which has claimed it may need to impose martial law and mobilise reserve troops soon.


AS Ukraine celebrates on Wednesday its 25th anniversary as an independent state, the crisis with Russia is escalating.  At a time of what would otherwise be national celebration, Prime Minister Petro Poroshenko warned last week that there is a rising risk of a "full-scale Russian