White House: Russia has no right to send vehicles, persons into Ukraine

EDGARTOWN Mass. Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:32pm EDT

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EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it could not confirm reports that Ukraine had disabled vehicles in a Russian convoy inside Ukraine and warned Moscow that any intervention into Ukraine without Kiev's permission was unacceptable.

"Even as we work to gather information, we reiterate our concern about repeated Russian and Russian-supported incursions into Ukraine," White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

"Russia has no right to send vehicles, persons, or cargo of any kind into Ukraine, under any pretext, without the government of Ukraine's permission."

Ukraine said its artillery destroyed part of a Russian armored column that entered its territory overnight and said its forces came under shellfire from Russia on Friday in what appeared to be a major military escalation between the ex-Soviet states.

Russia's government denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine.

The White House said Russia had engaged in provocative behavior to hurt Ukraine and urged President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting separatists.

"The escalation in Russian activity designed to destabilize Ukraine in recent weeks is extremely dangerous and provocative. It includes supplying separatist fighters with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, and multiple rocket launchers (MRLs)," Hayden said in the statement.

"Yesterday, President Putin pledged to 'do everything in (Russia's) power' to end the conflict in Ukraine. He can start by ending Russian firing into Ukraine; stopping its supply of weapons, support and cash to separatists; and closing the border to militants."

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (3)
DaLadno wrote:
The story with Ukraine which is so far from Russia, remains me almost the same situation with Iraq or Afghanistan neighboring the USA.

Aug 15, 2014 10:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlexScheirer wrote:
It’s not our fight to fight. It’s a regional conflict between Ukraine and Russia. If the EU wants to become involved because it’s in their backyard, well that their prerogative to do so. We should really cool our jets on this one. We won’t be dealing with prancing troops (ever see them “march”?) who run at the sound a gunshot (Iraqis) nor with goat herders (Afghanistan).
This will be a fully mechanized conflict with sophisticated weapons and troops on both sides with the potential of non-conventional weaponry being employed. Russia has sustained great losses in the past…and I suspect that where “the rubber meets the road” they will be prepared to shoulder privation and loss of human life. I don’t think so for us (U.S.A.). Someone in the White House needs to take a serious reality check.

Aug 15, 2014 12:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gentalman wrote:
Like Kerry who was too vocal.
Word coming from such mouths have value. Too many statements become noises.

Aug 16, 2014 8:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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