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US warns Russia against using aid as pretext to invade Ukraine

Published on Aug 9, 2014 12:57 AM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The United States warned Russia Friday against using the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for an invasion, saying such a move would be "completely unacceptable."

US Ambassador Samantha Power also told the UN Security Council that international aid agencies were on the ground and ready to help civilians fleeing fighting between pro-Moscow rebels and Ukrainian forces.

"Any further unilateral intervention by Russia in Ukrainian territory, including one under the guise of providing humanitarian aid, would be completely unacceptable and deeply alarming and would be viewed as an invasion of Ukraine," Washington's envoy said.

The warning came after Russia proposed setting up humanitarian corridors to come to the aid of civilians in east Ukraine who are fleeing violence as Kiev's forces battle to re-take the main city of Donetsk.

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