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UN Calls Crisis Meeting as Russia Tanks Roll in Ukraine

NATO official: 1K Russian troops crossed border, attacked
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2014 11:14 AM CDT
UN Calls Crisis Meeting as Russia Tanks Roll in Ukraine
This is a Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo of pro-Russian rebels as they ride on a tank in the town of Krasnodon in eastern Ukraine.   (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

(Newser) – The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting this afternoon at the request of Lithuania to address what Ukraine is calling a Russian invasion across the border, reports the AP. At least 1,000 Russian troops were said to have entered Ukraine with "sophisticated equipment" and have already killed Ukrainian soldiers, according to a NATO official cited by the AP. Although Russia maintains it's not helping pro-Russian rebels on the front lines, the US ambassador to Ukraine tweeted that "Russian-supplied tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, and multiple rocket launchers have been insufficient to defeat Ukraine's armed forces, so now ... Russian troops are intervening directly in the fighting on Ukrainian territory," notes CNN. "Russia will be asked to explain [at the UN meeting] why Russia has its troops inside Ukraine," says the UK's ambassador to the UN, per the AP. (Read more UN stories.)

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