US: Russia threat to Ukraine navy would be 'dangerous escalation

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine says Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships must surrender.

Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Maksim Prauta said four Russian navy ships were blocking Ukraine's anti-submarine warship Ternopil and the command ship Slavutych in Sevastopol's harbor.

He said the Russians ordered the crew to surrender within the hour or face Russians storming and seizing the ships and crew.

U.S. officials say a Russian threat to Ukraine's navy would be 'dangerous escalation' and that Moscow would be responsible for it.