Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday that Russia wanted to start World War Three by occupying Ukraine "militarily and politically" and creating a conflict that would spread to the rest of Europe.

"Attempts at military conflict in Ukraine will lead to a military conflict in Europe," Yatseniuk told the interim cabinet in remarks broadcast live. "The world has not yet forgotten World War Two, but Russia already wants to start World War Three."

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