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Tensions soar as Ukraine says destroys Russian armour

Published on Aug 16, 2014 6:09 AM
 
A Russian serviceman rides atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) through a field outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov Region, on Aug 15, 2014. Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions rocketing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions rocketing.

Nato accused Russia of active involvement in the "destabilisation" of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin separatists have been fighting against Kiev for four months.

The two countries have also been wrangling for days over a Russian convoy that Moscow says is carrying humanitarian aid for besieged rebel-held cities but which Kiev suspects could be a "Trojan horse" to provide military help to the insurgents.

But Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu "guaranteed" his US counterpart Chuck Hagel that there were "no Russian military personnel involved in the humanitarian convoy, nor was the convoy to be used as a pretext to further intervene in Ukraine," the Pentagon said.

 
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