Russia ‘sends more troops to eastern Ukraine’ as leaders get together for crisis summit

Fears of a return to all out warfare continue to mount in Ukraine after Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, accused Russia of sending fresh troops and equipment into the eastern part of the country.

The comments come ahead of a summit on the crisis between Mr Poroshenko, Angela Merkel, and Francois Hollande in Berlin, where the three leaders are expected to discuss how to keep a peace agreement signed in February from falling apart.

Nearly 7,000 people have died since the war between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists broke out in April 2014.

Speaking at an independence day parade in Kiev, Mr Poroshenko praised Ukraine’s diplomats and soldiers for their work in what he called a “war for independence”, but warned that the danger of a return to all-out hostilities remained high.

“Moscow’s ‘army surplus’ has supplied fighters with 500 tanks, up to 400 artillery systems, and 950 fighting vehicles,” he said.

“Just this week three big convoys crossed out border towards Lugask, Donetsk, and Debaltseve,” he continued.

He said that there are 9,000 Russian servicemen serving in east Ukraine, and another 50,000 troops massed on the other side of the border in Russia.

Full article: Russia ‘sends more troops to eastern Ukraine’ as leaders get together for crisis summit (The Telegraph)

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