Both Sides in Ukraine Conflict Put Civilians at Risk

A senior international monitor said on Friday the security situation in eastern Ukraine has deteriorated in recent days as both sides of the conflict persist in putting civilians at risk by positioning military forces alongside civilian areas. The deputy head of the special monitoring mission of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, made the remarks. He spoke at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the latest upsurge in violence in the country's east. Ukraine's president told his military on Thursday to prepare for a possible "full-scale invasion" by Russia along their joint border, a day after the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months.