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Ukraine building seizure 'could lead to regional conflict'

The seizure of government buildings by armed men in Ukraine's Crimea region could lead to a regional conflict, the Polish foreign minister has said.

Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski was one of three EU ministers to mediate Ukrainian talks last week. Credit: PA

Radoslaw Sikorski said the move was "a drastic step and I'm warning those who did this and those who allowed them to do this, because this is how regional conflicts begin. This is a very dangerous game."

The German defence minister has also expressed concerns over the events on the Crimea peninsula, saying the breakup of Ukraine must be avoided.

Eastern European countries welcome Ukraine 'change'

Countries in Eastern Europe have issued their support for Ukraine, after new parliamentary speaker Oleksander Turchinov, an ally of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was granted presidential powers:


Hague: Ukraine must have help to access vital funding

Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken to Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski about the ongoing situation in Ukraine:

Minister: Martial law in Ukraine was a real possibility

Polish foreign minister: Martial law was a real threat

The Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski talks to an opposition leader. Credit: ITV News

Following the encounter, the foreign minister spoke with ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates:

Q: You were overheard warning them of the possibility of martial law if they don't accept the deal. Is that a serious threat do you think?

Sikorski: It was a real possibility.

Q: That the army could have been sent in?

Sikorski: To my knowledge the interior troops were being readied.

Q: They've stepped back from the brink is what you're saying?

Sikorski: Well, as you can see it's almost miraculous. Within minutes of the agreement being signed the riot police are leaving.


Polish Foreign Minister: Ukraine martial law threat real

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates is in Kiev:

Polish minister warns protest leader 'you'll all be dead'

The Polish foreign minister has been filmed telling a Ukranian protest leader: "If you don't support this [deal] you'll have martial law, you'll have the army. You will all be dead."

When asked by ITV News Europe Editor James Mates if he had managed to convince the opposition, Radoslaw Sikorski appeared to reply: "I don't know."

The ministers later returned for further negotiations, after which they announced they had backing from the opposition.

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Polish PM: Final deal with Ukraine not yet reached

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been in talks with Ukraine along with his counterparts from Germany and France. Credit: Reuters

The Polish Prime Minister has said a draft agreement with Ukraine's Presidency is ready, but that a final deal has not yet been reached.

Donald Tusk said he would be cautious in predicting the end of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine-Poland border crossings 'functioning normally'

All border crossings between Poland and Ukraine are clear after road blockades on the Ukrainian side were lifted, the Polish border guard service has said.

Ukrainians had blocked some roads leading up to crossings earlier in the week as part of widespread protests against their government, raising fears in Poland the unrest could hurt trade.

"There are no more blockades. All crossings with Ukraine are functioning normally," guards' spokeswoman Joanna Rokicka told Reuters.

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