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Nato says images raise suspicions that Russia moved tanks into Ukraine

Published on Jun 14, 2014 8:31 PM

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Nato released satellite pictures on Saturday that it said raised suspicions about Russia's role in moving military equipment into eastern Ukraine, where scores of people have been killed in fighting between government forces and pro-Moscow separatists.

Nato said the images showed Russian tanks arrived at a staging area close to the Ukraine border days before similar tanks appeared this week in areas of eastern Ukraine under separatist control, but where they came from is in dispute.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arseny Avakov said the tanks had rolled across the border from Russia, but rebels said they were from a Ukrainian military stockpile.

The US State Department said on Friday its assessment was that separatists in eastern Ukraine had acquired heavy weapons and military equipment from Russia, including Russian tanks and multiple rocket launchers.

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