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Ukraine's defense minister warns of worst conflict Europe has since WWII Updated: 2014-09-02 06:50:44 KST

Time now for a look through the international headlines we're following this Tuesday morning. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter. Good morning, Eunice. (Good morning, Mark.) Amid the thrashing Ukrainian forces appear to be receiving against separatist forces, Ukraine's Defense Minister says his country is now fighting Russia, on behalf of Europe?

That's right, Mark. Kiev's Defense Minister Valeriy Geletey's big words appear to mark a shift away from a fight against rebels as he warned of "a great war" that will be the worst conflict Europe has since since World War II.
Calls by Russian officials to declare a cease-fire with separatists went ignored by Ukraine as it believes Russian tanks and troops have emboldened rebel fighters incurring heavy losses on Ukrainian forces, including a strategic airport near Luhansk. //
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of "direct and undisguised aggression" in a meeting with the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez on Monday.
Meanwhile, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance is set to create a "a very high-readiness force" in meetings this week to "spearhead" responses to Russia's aggressive behavior as well as other security challenges around the world.
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