An armed man stands next to a barricade in front of the police headquarters in Slaviansk
World leaders have warned of a “dangerous escalation” in the Ukraine crisis as fatal clashes broke out in the east of the country. The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York after at least two people were killed and several injured when pro-Russian fighters seized government buildings in the city of Slavyansk. Armed men that Western leaders claim are Russian forces have set up checkpoints and barricades in six towns in the area. Ukraine’s new government has set a deadline of 7am UK time for pro-Russian forces to put down their weapons and leave occupied buildings. The UK’s ambassador to the UN, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, told the Security Council Sunday’s bloodshed was a “dangerous escalation of an already dangerous situation”. He said satellite images show between 35,000 and 40,000 Russian troops are massed near the Ukraine border, in addition to the 25,000 “illegally” in Crimea. More