image002Russia tightened its grip around Ukraine’s eastern Crimean region Monday, drawing condemnation from Western nations and heightening fears of war. Moscow’s G8 partners have condemned its military buildup in the country, demanding that it withdraw. Ukraine’s new leaders accused Moscow of declaring war, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that blood could be spilled amid growing instability in the neighboring nation. Ukraine’s shaky new government has mobilized troops and called up military reservists as officials say signs of Russian military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula — an autonomous region of eastern Ukraine with strong loyalty to Russia — are clear. MORE