West warns Russia against further faux aid missions into Ukraine

first_imgARTILLERY HAS POUNDED rebel bastion of Donetsk in southeastern Ukraine today as the West warned Russia that any attempt to send “humanitarian” troops into the conflict-torn region would be “unacceptable”.Ukraine’s military said in a statement that it was “tightening its grip on Donetsk” although it also reported that several of its positions were still coming under mortar fire from Russian territory.Heavy fire also continued on Lugansk.Ukrainian forces have been trying to wrest back control of the main rebel-held cities in the east and cut them off from Russia. Ukrainian government troops heading towards the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Source: AP Photo/Alexander ZemlianichenkoThe head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, called Saturday for a ceasefire on humanitarian grounds after admitting the city was surrounded.But he also pledged that insurgents would fight “for every street, for every house, for every metre of our land” if the Ukrainian army attempted to push into the city.Ukraine is ready to accept this offer, President Petro Poroshenko said, but only if it is an unarmed international team entering the country through Kiev-controlled borders.Protests have continued in Kiev as authorities attempted to remove the Euromaiden protest camp.last_img

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