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Talks optimism fades as Ukraine says Russia makes new incursion

Published on Aug 27, 2014 9:10 PM
 

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (REUTERS) - Ukraine accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border on Wednesday, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed to work towards ending a separatist war in the east of the country.

The accusation, which could not be immediately verified, quickly dented any sense of cautious optimism from Tuesday's late-night talks between presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on resolving the five-month conflict.

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a group of Russian soldiers had crossed the border in armoured infantry carriers and a truck and entered the eastern town of Amvrosiyivka, not far from where Ukraine detained 10 Russian soldiers on Monday.

Mr Lysenko said that fighting in the towns of Horlivka and Ilovaysk to the north and east respectively had killed about 200 pro-Russian separatists and destroyed tanks and missile systems. He said 13 Ukrainian service personnel had been killed in the past 24 hours and 36 had been wounded.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives a press conference after a summit in Minsk early on Aug 27, 2014. Ukraine accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed to work towards ending a separatist war in the east of the country. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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