US warns of 'significant' Ukraine escalation ahead of key meeting

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The United States has warned of a "significant escalation" in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, after Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers ahead of a key meeting Tuesday between the estranged countries' leaders. "Repeated Russian incursions into Ukraine unacceptable. Dangerous and inflammatory," US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Twitter late Monday. Rice accused Russian forces of "military incursions" into Ukraine using artillery, air defense systems, tanks and troops, representing a "significant escalation" in the conflict.