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Ukraine war

West's invasion fears rise as Putin accuses Kyiv of 'escalation'

Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine have ordered evacuation of civilians to Russia

A Russian "Uragan" self-propelled multiple rocket launcher fires a rocket during military exercises at the Opuk training area in Crimea on Feb. 15. (Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters)

MOSCOW/KYIV/BERLIN (Financial Times) -- Kremlin brinkmanship along the Ukrainian border escalated on Friday, with President Vladimir Putin accusing Kyiv of intentionally stoking tensions in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists ordered an evacuation of civilians to Russia.

Ukrainian security services vociferously denied any unilateral moves in the region. But the increased Russian saber-rattling reinforced the view in several Western capitals, including Washington, that Putin was creating a pretense to invade.

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