Russia accused of supporting Ukrainian rebels' advance
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
YesterdayPresident accused of "direct and open aggression" as his country's military were said to be battling a column of Russian tanks.
Ukraine's military has suffered recent setbacks in their ongoing conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the East of the country which started in April, following the annexation ofby Russian forces.
Officials insaid armored Russian units aided rebels who took the Ukrainian border town of last week, and were reportedly yesterday threatening the strategic port of , where residents were digging trenches against the possibility of an attack. The area of Novoazovsk and Mariupol lies between the Russian border and Crimea.
Ukrainian coastguards reportedly searched for two missing sailors after artillery hit their patrol boat in theon Sunday, in what rebels reportedly called their first victory at sea. Eight other sailors were rescued, and were being treated for burns and other wounds. Officials said it was as yet unclear where the shell was fired from.
Russia denied any of their troops were involved in the conflict.said last week at least 1,000 Russian troops have been sent into the country and have been fighting alongside the rebels there. They also accused Russia of supplying the rebels with military hardware, including air defense systems and tanks.
In response to the alleged increase of Russian involvement,(EU) leaders threatened Russia with further sanctions, extending those first imposed in July, if they did not back down from their involvement in Ukraine.
Russian Presidenthas dismissed the threat, claiming the EU is backing an armed coup in Ukraine against the former Ukrainian President .
- Richard Balmforth, Pavel Polityuk. "Fighting goes on near big Ukrainian city, Poroshenko slams Russia" — , September 1, 2014
- "Ukraine crisis: Separatists 'seize' Luhansk airport" — , September 1, 2014
- Ian Taylor and EU leaders deliver sanctions ultimatum to Russia over Ukraine" — , August 31, 2014. "