Ukrainian special troops of the national guard and the presidential regiment take part in military exercises outside the parliament in the centre of Kiev early on May 1, 2014. Ukraine's armed forces are on "full combat alert" against a possible Russian invasion, Kiev said, as authorities admitted they were "helpless" to prevent pro-Kremlin insurgents tightening their grip on the increasingly chaotic east of the country. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLIY STEPANOV        (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)