UKRAINE: Russia invading…
KIEV, Ukraine — Fighting between the Ukrainian military and what Ukrainian and Western officials say are Russian troops worsened early Thursday, prompting fears in Ukraine that a Russian invasion of their territory has begun.
Ukrainian officials say Ukrainian troops are continuing to battle combined Russian and separatist forces on a new southern front around the border town of Novoazovsk, east of Crimea on the Sea of Azov. A military spokesman also said Russian troops are increasing surveillance from northern Crimea, the autonomous Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow in March.
As firefights and shelling continued all day Wednesday and into the night, there were differing reports on whether Novoazovsk, a previously quiet border town, had fallen to Russian-backed separatists. Russian troops and their allies do control villages north of there, according to military spokesman Andriy Lysenko.
PRESIDENT: Russian troops brought in…
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Poroshenko said on Thursday Russian forces had been “brought into Ukraine” and he called an urgent meeting of Ukraine’s security and defense council to decide the next steps to take in the crisis.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkocalled an emergency security meeting to defend against what he called a “de facto” Russian incursion after separatists gained ground in intensified fighting.
Poroshenko canceled a state visit to Turkey to coordinate Ukraine’s military response to the “sharp deterioration” of events in rebel-held territory, he said on his website today. Stocks and futures from Moscow to New York extended declines.
France and Germany threatened President Vladimir Putin’s government with further sanctions after pro-Russian insurgents widened their attacks on government forces, taking several towns outside their strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, including near the Sea of Azov. That opened a new front and a seaborne supply channel for the rebels, said Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The U.S. said Russia may be directing the attacks, falling short of calling it an invasion.
Russia and Ukraine Are Now at War: Bremmer
Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) – Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer discusses the escalating conflict in Ukraine and why the country is essentially at war with Russia. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)
U.S. Futures Fall As Ukraine Fears Return To Forefront