Ukraine crisis: Russian troops crossed border, Nato says

Ukraine crisis: Russian troops crossed border, Nato says

A column of unidentified tanks was seen on a road near the rebel-held town of Shakhtarsk on Monday

Nato officials have seen Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine this week, its top commander says.

“Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops” were sighted, US Gen Philip Breedlove said.

Russia’s defence ministry denied that its troops were in eastern Ukraine to help pro-Russian separatists there.

However, the rebels have admitted being helped by “volunteers” from Russia.

The United Nations Security Council is convening an emergency session on Wednesday to discuss the reported sightings.

Heavy artillery fire rocked the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the industrial hub held by pro-Russian separatist rebels, on Wednesday morning.

There were also reports of fighting near the rebel-held city of Luhansk, with one Ukrainian soldier killed and another injured, according to Ukrainian security forces.
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