Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister said Friday he fears an imminent Russian invasion.
“We have the information we are in danger,” Danylo Lubkivsky told reporters at the United Nations.
He spoke as an official in Ukraine confirmed that pro-Russian forces had detained a team of military observers with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The official said the team would be released after further investigation.
Lubkivsky said 20 members had been taken and called it shocking and unprecedented. “We demand to release hostages,” he said.
Tensions have spiked as Russia increases military exercises along the Ukraine border. Lubkivsky called it a “very dangerous development” and demanded that Russia withdraw its troops.
“We are going to protect our motherland against any invasion,” Lubkivsky said. “We call on the Russians to stop this madness.”