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EU urges Russia to put "immediate stop" to border hostilities

EU ministers urged Russia on Friday (Aug 15) to put an "immediate stop" to all forms of hostilities near the Ukrainian border after reports that a Russian armoured convoy had entered war-torn eastern Ukraine.

BRUSSELS: EU ministers urged Russia on Friday (Aug 15) to put an "immediate stop" to all forms of hostilities near the Ukrainian border after reports that a Russian armoured convoy had entered war-torn eastern Ukraine.

In a statement at the end of a meeting primarily on the crisis in Iraq, the ministers said Russia must "put an immediate stop to any form of border hostilities, in particular to the flow of arms, military advisers and armed personnel into the conflict region, and to withdraw its forces from the border."

Ukraine, backed by Western capitals, has for weeks accused Russia of sending men and heavy weapons to pro-Russia rebels that hold several towns and cities in Ukraine's east. Late Thursday, reporters from two British newspapers said they had witnessed a column of around 20 vehicles crossing the border in an area outside the control of Ukrainian authorities.

The reported episode was near where Russian trucks loaded with what Moscow says are relief supplies destined for eastern Ukraine had stopped for the night, adding to fears that the convoy was a prelude to a Russian military intervention. Russia has denied sending men and weapons into eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that the armored vehicles had been destroyed in a phone call on Friday, the Ukrainian leader's office said. 



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