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Ukraine says Russian tanks crossing border

First Published Aug 25 2014 09:38PM      Last Updated Aug 25 2014 09:38 pm
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One witness in the area, who asked not to be identified, said his village was awakened early Monday by the rumble of tanks coming from the east. Residents ran to meet the soldiers, who were wearing camouflage, speaking Russian and politely asked for water and to borrow their local cellphones.

Yet even the fighters themselves were wondering about the motives behind the sudden appearance of the tanks. Semyon Semenchenko, the commander of a pro-government volunteer battalion in the Donetsk region, called the situation a "small local invasion" and suggested that the Russians may be trying to "put the pressure on our president" in advance of Tuesday’s meetings.


Demirjian reported from Moscow. Washington Post correspondent Alex Ryabchyn in Kiev contributed to this report.






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