Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to east Ukraine




 
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February 20th, 2015  
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Topic: Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to east Ukraine


By Anton Zverev and Alessandra Prentice DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine/KIEV (Reuters) - Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what could be the next battlefront. Russia did not immediately respond to the accusation which, if confirmed, would help kill off a European-brokered truce that was met by relentless rebel advances since it came into force on Sunday. Moscow has always denied charges in the past that its forces are fighting in Ukraine. It was captured by rebels last year and Kiev fears it could be a launch pad for strikes on Mariupol, a government-held port of 500,000 people that controls routes to the south and possibly to the Crimea peninsula annexed by Russia a year ago.




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