US warns of Russia's 'significant escalation' in Ukraine

Washington - The White House said on Monday that Russia's growing military presence in Ukraine marked a "significant escalation" of the conflict.

"Repeated Russian incursions into Ukraine unacceptable. Dangerous and inflammatory," National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Twitter.

Her comments came after Kiev's security service said its army in the war-torn east had captured 10 Russian paratroopers on Ukrainian soil, ramping up tensions on the eve of crunch talks on the conflict.

And on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is due to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time in months alongside top EU officials in Minsk.

Rice pointed to Russian "military incursions" into Ukraine, listing artillery, air defense systems, dozens of tanks and military personnel.

Armoured personal carriers

"Russia has no right to send vehicles or cargo into Ukraine without Govt of Ukraine's permission," she said.

"Russia's military incursions into Ukraine- artillery, air def systems, dozens of tanks & military personnel-represent significant escalation."

Kiev has long accused Moscow of stoking the separatist insurgency raging in its east but this was the first time Ukrainian authorities have claimed to take soldiers from Russia's regular army captive.

The Ukrainian military also halted a column of tanks and armoured personal carriers flying rebel flags from Russia heading toward the government-held port city of Mariupol.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the rebellion in Ukraine.

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G 2014/08/26 11:01:49 AM
This while Kiev under the guidance of the CIA has bombed cities and towns, including schools, hospitals, vital infrastructure and homes, killing over 2,000 innocent civilians, with over 200,000 displaced in the Donbass and almost 1 million refugees feeling into Russia for safety from the Nazi Kiev Junta. This while the evidence goes to prove that Kiev fighter jets machine gunned the cockpit of flight MH17 and wrongly blamed it on Putin. The lies coming out of Kiev can no longer be believed and no hard evidence has ever been produced of any Russian military entering the Donbass region. The 280 humanitarian trucks were also called a "Russian Invasion," when International monitors, the Red Cross and International journalists testified otherwise. The constant claims of Kiev are never followed up with any real hard evidence. The people of the Donbass on the other hand have hard evidence of war crimes committed by the Kiev junta.
Nelison Mandela 2014/08/26 11:29:08 AM
where is the evidence? Pictures, videos?
Siya 2014/08/26 11:36:58 AM
I so wish that the Kremlin can send a peace keeping force there. This will halt this atrocity. If Poroshenko has some guts then the real war will start.
Rice Safari 2014/08/26 01:49:55 PM
The US is no longer a world power. The US needs to stop interfering in the business of other countries, and learn to keep their opinionated pie holes firmly shut. Their president needs to stay on the golf course where he can do the least damage.