To date, most of the fighting between Russia’s proxies and Ukraine has been in the north. That changed today.
KIEV, Ukraine – A column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into southeastern Ukraine, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place, a top Ukrainian official said Monday.
Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, told reporters that the column of 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks crossed the border near Shcherbak and that the nearby city of Novoazovsk was shelled during the night from Russia. He said they were Russian military vehicles bearing the flags of the separatist Donetsk rebels.
In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday he had no information about the column.
Russia’s move comes as the Ukrainian government forces have retaken territory from the pro-Russian separatists/proxies. Russia tried to obtain a cease-fire which would essentially have left the proxies in control of the territory they had taken.
Russia sent another convoy of trucks into the north on Friday, and is said to be readying another convoy of Trojan horses — 200 of them.