Ukraine warns of more Russian armored vehicles entering its territory
Russian armored column parked in Kamensk-Sahakhtinsky in the Rostov region near Ukraine over the weekend. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

The Ukrainian army says, this Wednesday (27), that a column of Russian tanks is advancing through the southeast region of the country, where new clashes began two days ago. A second column of war vehicles would also have just entered Ukrainian territory. In the east, pro-Russian separatists carry out a counterattack to regain control of the region.

In a statement, the General Staff of the Armed Forces guarantees that it has information that a column formed by 100 vehicles between tanks, armored vehicles, and Grad rocket launchers is on the road between the cities of Starobecheve and Telmanove and is heading for Telmanove, 80 kilometers away from Donetsk, a stronghold of pro-Russian rebels.

The Ukrainian army claims that a second column has just crossed the Russian border and is advancing through the town of Dibrovka, 110 kilometers from Donetsk, where three civilians have died in the last 24 hours from mortar fire.

The entry of Russian heavy weapons into Ukraine has intensified in recent days. On Monday (25), another column consisting of six Grad rocket launchers and trucks was prevented from advancing into Novoazovsk, after fighting that only ended yesterday.

At the same time, the separatists launched a counterattack to try to regain control of the eastern region, where Ukrainian authorities have made important advances in recent weeks.

Humanitarian help

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian humanitarian aid to the populations of eastern Ukraine will be coordinated by the Red Cross, with the agreement of the Kyiv authorities. The Kremlin spokesman highlighted that “the need to bring aid (…) due to the worsening humanitarian catastrophe in eastern Ukraine” was one of the important points of a regional summit held this Tuesday in Minsk, with the participation of Putin and the President of Ukraine Petro Porochenko.

During the event, the Russian leader accused the Ukrainian of “denying the complexity of the humanitarian situation” which, according to him, “cannot be described in any other way than catastrophic”. Putin said “some deals have been concluded” but did not go into details.

In Donetsk and Lugansk, the two main cities controlled by pro-Russian insurgents, more than 2,200 people have already died in the fighting, between civilians and military on both sides of the conflict.



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