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Russian armoured vehicles near Ukraine border

AFP | Friday, Aug 15, 2014

The troop carriers were spotted near a convoy of Russian trucks that Moscow said were carrying humanitarian aid for besieged rebel-held towns in eastern Ukraine.

RUSSIA - Russian armoured vehicles were moving Friday towards the Ukrainian border, AFP journalists said, after British media reports that a small group had crossed into Ukraine.

The journalists saw a column of about a dozen troop carriers on the road towards the border post in the Russian town of Donetsk, not far from a huge convoy of Russian trucks that Moscow says is carrying humanitarian aid for besieged rebel-held towns in eastern Ukraine.

Journalists with British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian had reported seeing armoured vehicles and military trucks crossing into Ukraine via Donetsk on Thursday night.

Kiev is highly suspicious about the Russian convoy, fearing it could be a "Trojan horse" bringing in military support for the pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Both Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of sending armour and weapons across the border to help the rebels.

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