Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:35
Ukraine accuses Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border, as hopes quickly fade that talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Fire consumes the house of culture in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold, Donetsk, after shelling in the area.
Some fled the scene...others surveyed the damage.
Locals say at least one person was killed and several others wounded.
This, as Ukraine accuses Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border;
the latest development in five months of fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, whom many believe are backed by Moscow.
Russia has consistently denied sending weapons and soldiers into Ukraine to help the rebels, and there was no immediate reaction from Moscow on allegations of a new incursion.
But the news dampens hopes raised by late-night talks in Minsk between Moscow and Kiev...hopes that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says seemed realistic.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINE'S PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING:
"Yesterday's talks in Minsk were very effective. At the talks, I clearly stressed that there will be no bargaining over sovereignty, territorial integrity, the independence of our country, the sovereign choice of the Ukrainian people."
After the talks, Poroshenko said he'll work towards a roadmap for a ceasefire, while his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin said he'll help create a "situation of trust".
But the new accusations from Ukraine make it clear .... the dispute over Russia's role in the conflict -- that's now killed over 2,200 people -- remains poisonous and unresolved.
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