NATO accuses Russia of Ukraine ‘incursion’

NATO accuses Russia of Ukraine ‘incursion’

Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:3PM GMT

Kiev and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have accused Russia of what they refer to as an “incursion” into Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that government forces attacked and destroyed a “significant part” of a Russian military column on Ukrainian soil on Friday.

Poroshenko made the statement during a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko also confirmed the report and in relation to the Russian column said, “Appropriate actions were undertaken and a part of it no longer exists.”

Russia has denied that its forces crossed into Ukraine, calling the Ukrainian report “some kind of fantasy.”

The United Nations has also said that it cannot confirm the reports from Ukraine.

In another development, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed that the Western military alliance had seen an “incursion” into Ukraine on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the European Union has urged Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and halt border hostilities with its neighboring country.

Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russians.

The political unrest in eastern Ukraine has so far claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people, according to figures released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Nearly 300,000 people have also been forced to flee their homes due to fierce fighting in the east, according to the UN.

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