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Proshenko: «Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine»

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPresident Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has changed his plans to go on a visit to Turkey, stating the Russian troops are deployed in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President noted his place was in Kyiv in view of a sharp deterioration in the situation in Donetsk Oblast.

His statement came as pro-Russia rebels took the coast town of Novoazovsk and threatened to take the strategic port city of Mariupol, in the Oblast’s south.

The rebel successes constitute the opening of a new front in the conflict, BBC reports.

Poroshenko also he was calling a meeting of the Ukrainian security council, adding that Ukraine would initiate an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the recent developments.

“I have made a decision to cancel my working visit to the Republic of Turkey due to sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region… as Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine,” Mr Poroshenko’s statement said.

Government forces had made significant advances against the separatists in recent weeks, but these gains seem in doubt with rebels now operating in two distinct areas of Donetsk region.

BBC quotes pro-Kremlin separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko as saying to Russian TV that 3-4,000 Russian citizens were fighting in their ranks.

According to Zakharchenko, many of the Russians were former service-people or current service personnel on leave, but, he said, all were volunteers.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    Russia has now invaded Ukraine 278 times in about six months. This must be a new world record.

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