Russia warns use of force could tip Ukraine into civil war

Russia warns use of force could tip Ukraine into civil war
A Russian serviceman stands near Ukrainian tanks on freight cars before the departure from Crimea. Russia is withdrawing a motorized infantry battalion from a region near Ukraine's eastern border.

Russia on Tuesday warned Kiev that any use of force in Ukraine's east, where pro-Kremlin militants have seized government buildings in several cities, could tip the country into civil war.

"We call for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which are fraught with the risk of unleashing civil war," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

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