Thursday, 28 August 2014

Kiev accuses Russia of ‘bringing troops’ to Ukraine, no proof offered

“I have made a decision to cancel my working visit to the Republic of Turkey due to sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian troops were brought into Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko said in a statement on his website. Ukraine is going to call for a meeting of the UN Security Council, said Poroshenko. “The world must provide assessment of sharp aggravation of the situation in Ukraine,” he added. Poroshenko added that on Thursday there will be a meeting of Security and Defense Council to elaborate the plan for further action. “The President must stay in Kyiv today,” he said. As with previous allegations of smuggled troops, equipment and other underhand tactics, no evidence has been offered. Given the confusion arising out of the recent capture of alleged Russian paratroopers and the subsequent videos with interviews released by the Ukrainians, the government is going to the US, EU and the G7 to ask for a freeze on Russian assets. Meanwhile, the OSCE has announced that it’s calling an emergency meeting in Vienna – for the second time in August – giving no further details. Yet when the head of its Ukraine mission, Paul Picard, was asked if the monitoring team saw any evidence of Russia crossing the border with troops and tanks, the answer was “no.” He told journalists of round-the-clock surveillance by a team of 16 people. The team said “we are hearing shooting, but it’s difficult to tell just how far.” This didn’t stop the Ukrainian government from alleging that the border town of Novoazovsky in the south-east has fallen under Russian control – a mix of troops and members of the eastern-Ukrainian uprising.

from The Russophile