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Ukraine Response: Tensions rise as Vladimir Putin mobilises all reservists and US Secretary of State John Kerry flies into Kiev

A military personnel member believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands guard on a military vehicle outside outside Simferopol
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A military personnel member believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands guard on a military vehicle outside outside Simferopol Photo: REUTERS
Damien McElroy

By Damien McElroy, in Kiev, Roland Oliphant in Simferopol and Peter Foster in Washington

Ukraine has mobilised for war amid warnings from Nato that Russia’s annexation   of Crimea “threatens peace and security in Europe”.

With tension nearing boiling point, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato Secretary   General, vowed the organisation would stand by Ukraine, a nation of 46   million which occupies a vital strategic position between Europe and Russia.

Speaking before he chaired an emergency meeting of ambassadors from the 28   Nato member states, he said: “Russia must stop its military activities   and its threats.”

The United States dramatically instensifed pressure…

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