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Semenchenko: We have bumped into the spawn of separatists in Illovaysk
Russian officers with their platoons fight in Illovaysk; battles are getting fiercer, "Donbas" battalion commander Semen Semenchenko reports.
According to him, ATO forces are located in the left part of the town and the right one is occupied by twice as many separatists.
"We can say by looking at prisoners that more than half of them are officers and soldiers from the Russian Federation. Some of them even wear Russian uniform", Semenchenko said.
Security Service of Ukraine: Russian convoy is a direct Russian invasion of Ukraine
Head of Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaychenko defined the situation with the Russian humanitarian convoy entering into Ukraine as a direct invasion. "Interfax-Ukraine" reports with a reference to an interview with journalists in Kyiv on Friday. "We witness an accurately planned, dangerous, and risky provocation against Ukraine orchestrated by Russia, which used the International Committee of the Red Cross as a cover for their dodgy schemes with the so-called" humanitarian convoy ", the Head of the SSU said. He noted that more than 100 trucks had "departed" in the direction of Ukraine.
4 soldiers killed and 23 wounded in the past 24 hours in the ATO area
4 military died, and 23 others were injured in the area of the anti-terrorist operation, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council information centre (NSDC) Andriy Lysenko reported at a briefing.
MFA pleading to the world: Russia has trespassed the Ukrainian border
Neither the Ukrainian part, nor the International Committee of the Red Cross know what trucks heading for Lugansk are carrying, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced.
"We consider this fact to be yet another flagrant violation of key principles of international law in particular inviolability of borders and non-interference in the inner affairs of other states," the statement reads.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that Russia illegally brought into the territory of Ukraine its "humanitarian aid" on August 22 ignoring international rules, procedures and agreements reached, without any consent and convoy of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"Terrorists continue to shell the expected route of the convoy. We also do not know what agreements the Russian part has reached with Lugansk rebels so far and we don't rule out the possibility of some pre-planned provocations", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on all international partners to condemn aggressive actions of the Russian Federation.
Poroshenko suggested that Russia change its mind
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Head of the Presidential Administration Borys Lozhkin contacted their Russian counterparts by phone regarding the situation with the Russian convoy entering into Ukraine.
Ukraine has met its engagements and executed the customs clearance procedures for 35 Russian trucks, the President stressed.
Instead, in accordance with available information, a column consisting of more than 100 trucks has entered into the territory of Ukraine without any examinations carried out by the customs and convoy provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is a flagrant violation of international law.