Ukrainian forces are reportedly moving into Eastern Ukraine to tackle pro-Russian activists who have reportedly taken control of a number of important government buildings across the region. The Ukrainian government are calling it an anti-terror operation.
Leaders in the west of the country have denounced the protests claiming they are the product of Russian aggression.
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) April 13, 2014
This view of events has been supported by many western leaders including Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt. US President Barack Obama called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to use his influence to calm protests in the east of the country which some claim could result in civil war in Ukraine.
It was a coordinated armed action to seize control over key parts of Eastern Ukraine yesterday. Would not have happened without Russia. — Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) April 13, 2014
The European Union has repeatedly called for calm as the Ukrainians build up their forces to move into the eastern part of the country.
[VIDEO] EU calls on Russia to withdraw troops from Eastern Ukraine, considers further sanctions http://t.co/3C5yaiuQ4Q
— EurActiv (@EurActiv) April 14, 2014
Ukrainian forces now. Kharkiv region 40km from Sloviansk pic.twitter.com/2lLvR671H3
— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) April 15, 2014
Some have been reporting that the area is calm despite the build up of troops.
— Monika Kalinowska (@mkalinowskaa) April 15, 2014
However others have claimed that Ukrainian forces are already on the move to deal with the unrest.
Amid scattered reports of hostilities and casualties Bloomberg is reporting that the Ukrainian government have said the Russian 45th Airbourne are currently in Slovyansk.
BREAKING: Ukraine government says Russian 45th Airborne in Slovyansk, Kramatorsk.
— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) April 15, 2014
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) April 15, 2014
Russia has categorically denied that it is involved in the current unrest. The Russian ambassador to the UK said the US has been unable to prove direct links between Russia and the ongoing crisis.
— Alexander Yakovenko (@Amb_Yakovenko) April 15, 2014
Meanwhile, some have called for greater security in eastern Europe with the Euromaiden group suggesting that US troops may be mobilised in the area. There has been an increase in air patrols amid concerns about instability in the region.