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- Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance
(Reuters) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.
Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and conferring with defense chiefs because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".
A NATO military officer said: "We assess well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine... They are supporting separatists (and) fighting with them."
More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO
Ukraine leader, after key loss to separatists, says situation "difficult but controllable'
More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO military officer
Ukraine leader says Russian forces are in the country as key town falls
German lawmakers call for new EU sanctions on Russia
Ukraine's Security Council releases a video of what it says is a Russian tank in the southeastern town of Novoazovsk, bolstering claims that ''Russian military boots are on Ukrainian ground.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
- Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine: Russian rights activists
MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead.
Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles.
"A column of Russian soldiers was attacked by Grad rockets and more 100 people died. It all happened in the city of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province," said Krivenko speaking by telephone. Polyakova said she had also been given the same figure, of more than 100, for the number of Russian soldiers killed in the attack.
(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Christian Lowe)
- Russian President Putin orders pro-Russia rebels to provide humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine troops to exit: Kremlin
- Obama says impact of sanctions on Russia may not be immediately apparent but will increasingly have an impact.
- Obama says "we are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem."
- .@BarackObama "This ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia."comment by Rick Stengel via twitter 8/28/2014 8:30:49 PM
- Obama stops short of calling Russian move into Ukraine an invasion, says it is part of months-long incursion.
- Obama says Russian decision-making on Ukraine is isolating Russia, "They're doing this to themselves."
- Read a running transcript of Obama's remarks on Ukraine, Syria and the economy wapo.st/1paUQKncomment by Post Politics via twitter 8/28/2014 8:24:39 PM
- .@BarackObama, German Chancellor Merkel agree that that Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukrainecomment by MMoon_WREG3 via twitter 8/28/2014 8:19:16 PM
- Obama says Ukraine President Poroshenko will visit the White House next month
- Obama says "ongoing incursion" into Ukraine by Russia will only lead to additional costs for Moscow
A Pro-Russian separatist walks past a destroyed tank at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A woman walks past a car burned during fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez, August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A man holds a sign during a protest against the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the centre of Moscow August 28, 2014. The sign reads: "No war". REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
- comment by Jon Williams via twitter 8/28/2014 7:46:20 PM
A Pro-Russian separatist stands near the damaged war memorial at Savur-Mohyla, east of Donetsk.
- U.S. State Department says seeing "pattern of escalating aggression" by Russia in Ukraine.
- U.S. State Department says U.S. discussing options in response to Russian involvement in Ukraine.
- Don't call it an "invasion"... buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/us-o…comment by BuzzFeedBen via twitter 8/28/2014 5:43:14 PM
- More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO
(Reuters) - Well over 1,000 Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine, marking a significant escalation of Moscow's military involvement in the country, NATO said on Thursday.
The alliance released satellite images it said showed Russian combat forces, armed with heavy weapons, engaged in military operations inside Ukrainian territory.
"Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine," Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, head of NATO's crisis management center, told reporters at NATO's military headquarters near Mons, Belgium.
"We assess well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine," he said, referring to Russia's actions as "incursions" rather than an invasion. "They are supporting separatists (and) fighting with them."
- This is how Ukraine responded as Russian tanks rolled in on.mash.to/VT9XRq twitter.com/MFA_Ukraine/st…comment by Pete Cashmore via twitter 8/28/2014 5:04:30 PM
- Ukraine is to re-introduce compulsory military service from this autumn, but conscripts will not serve in Eastern Ukraine's conflict zone: Ukrainian security council decision, quoted by Interfax
- Russia denies reports of military presence in Ukraine
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry on Thursday strongly denied reports that Russian military units were operating in Ukraine.
"We have noticed the launch of this informational 'canard' and are obliged to disappoint its overseas authors and their few apologists in Russia," a ministry official, General-Major Igor Konashenkov, told Interfax news agency. "The information contained in this material bears no relation to reality."
(Reporting by Mark Trevelyan, editing by Thomas Grove)
- #Ukraine: "The international community cannot allow the situation to escalate further" bit.ly/1qMfbajcomment by UN Spokesperson via twitter 8/28/2014 4:30:13 PM
- U.N. Chief Ban Ki-Moon alarmed by reports that Ukraine fighting has spread southward, if true, it's a "dangerous escalation": spokesman
- I feel like I am failing to convey how bad this is: Russia is invading a sovereign European country. Right now. vox.com/2014/8/27/6069…comment by max_fisher via twitter 8/28/2014 4:16:49 PM
- Italian PM Renzi tells Putin Russian troops entering Ukraine "intolerable"
ROME, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Russian troops entering Ukraine is "an intolerable escalation" of the crisis there, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi told Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Thursday.
Ukraine accused Russia of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels. Russia says reports of the presence of Russian military units in Ukraine bear "no relation to reality".
"Referring to the very serious news of Russian troops entering Ukraine today, Prime Minister Renzi reiterated that this is an intolerable escalation and would have very grave consequences," Renzi's office said in a statement.
Renzi, who as Italian Prime Minister currently holds the six month rotating presidency of the European Union, called on Putin to "rapidly return to the negotiating table".
(Reporting by Isla Binnie)
- Gallery: NATO's satellite evidence
- Merkel says EU summit on Saturday will discuss issue of sanctions on Russia in light of presence of more Russian troops in Ukraine
- Italy PM Renzi tells Putin Russian troops entering Ukraine is "intolerable escalation": govt. statement
- Russian Defense Ministry says reports of Russian military units in Ukraine bear 'no relation to reality': Interfax
- PM Cameron: "I’m extremely concerned by mounting evidence that Russian troops have made large-scale incursions into South Eastern Ukraine."comment by joshrogin via twitter 8/28/2014 4:03:32 PM
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