Military Setbacks Rattle Ukraine

September 2, 2014 10:41 AM

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Ukraine is shifting the focus of its military operation from rooting out pro-Russia rebels in the east to warding off a broader incursion by Moscow, following major setbacks for Kiev's forces in fighting in recent days.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said Monday that the army would stop trying to remove separatists from the east, moving instead to a defensive strategy against what he called a "full-scale invasion" of Russian regular troops.

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