Ukraine fears becoming Russia's next target

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Officials of Ukraine are nervously watching the Russian occupation of Georgia, wondering if their country might be next.

Many in Kiev think a Kremlin bent on reclaiming dominance in the lands of the former Soviet Union may be targeting Ukraine's strategic Crimea peninsula on the Black Sea.

Still, analysts believe a war between the two is highly unlikely. They note that Georgia has a population of just 4.6 million people, while Ukraine is roughly the size of France, with a population of 46 million.

Russia has been criticized harshly by the U.S. and Europe for recognizing two separatist Georgian territories as independent states following the invasion.

Relations between Moscow and the West have plunged to a post-Cold War low, with the European Union considering sanctions against Russia.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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