Moscow could intervene to help citizens in the Ukraine

A top Russian official has warned that Moscow could intervene to help its citizens in eastern Ukraine as tensions rise in the region.

Sporadic fighting has increased in the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine, with clashes between Russian-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian troops.

Russia has been building up troops on the border with Ukraine.

The official, Dmitry Kozak, told a Moscow conference, that Russian forces could intervene to “defend” the rebels.