Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ukraine : Russia sending tanks

US official has urged Russia to immediately stop supplying weapons to separatists in eastern Ukraine.

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said on Friday that 3 tanks, several rocket launchers and other military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine from Russia during the past 3 days.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of allowing tanks to cross the border into eastern Ukraine. A spokesperson at the Ukrainian presidential office said Poroshenko raised the allegation in telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. The spokesperson said Poroshenko told Putin that the situation was unacceptable.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov also said in a news conference that pro-Russian militants based in a border area had brought in tanks from across the border with Russia.

But it is unclear whether the tanks belong to the Russian military.
Reuters news agency has reported that three tanks were seen in a Ukrainian town bordering Russia. Its reporter was told by a member of a pro-Russian militant group who watched them pass by that they had been taken from a warehouse.

Government troops and pro-Russian militants continue fighting in eastern Ukraine.

President Poroshenko says he cannot condone the current situation in view of rising casualties and that Kiev wants to achieve a ceasefire within this week. But the prospects remain uncertain.Media agencies

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