Ukraine is on the brink of civil war following riots and bloody clashes between pro-Russian separatists and troops, according to Germany’s Foreign Minister.


Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke about the escalating violence in the divided country in interviews with newspapers El Pais, Le Monde, La Repubblica and Gazeta Wyborcza.


He said: “The bloody pictures from Odessa have shown us that we are just a few steps away from a military confrontation.”


Mr Steinmeier admitted diplomacy was more difficult after the riots in the Black Sea port and fighting between rebels and Ukrainian troops in Slovyansk but said he hoped the bloodshed would act as a wake-up call and drive both sides towards a peaceful solution.

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