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Kyiv: Russian Weapons, Troops Are in East Ukraine

by VOA News November 07, 2014

Ukraine says Russia has sent dozens of tanks, heavy weapons, ammunitions and soldiers into Kremlin-backed eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said in a televised briefing Friday that at least 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and 30 trucks loaded with ammunition and fighters from Russia crossed into separatist-held Ukrainian territory Thursday.

'Supplies of military equipment and enemy fighters from the Russian Federation to the anti-terrorist operation zone are continuing,' said Lysenko. 'In particular, yesterday from the Russian territory in the direction of Krasny Luch town in the Luhansk region. The movement of military equipment consisting of 32 tanks, 16 D30 howitzer artillery systems, and 30 KAMAZ trucks carrying ammunition and fighters was reported.''

'If confirmed, these actions would be yet another blatant example of Russia's disregard for international law, and further evidence that Russia is not abiding by the commitments it signed up to in the Minsk agreements,' Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said in an e-mail to VOA.

Lysenko also said five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in fighting in the past 24 hours.

Ukraine and the West have frequently accused Moscow of backing separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk with arms and troops.

Russia has denied any direct role in the uprising, which has cost more than 4,000 lives since April.



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