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Russian Counteroffensive 'Likely Under Way' in Eastern Ukraine, State Department Says

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:36:26 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DONETSK, Ukraine) -- Recent Russian activity in eastern Ukraine is concerning to the U.S. State Department, spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

Psaki mentioned the presence of Russian troops pushing into Ukraine, recent reports of shelling towns near the border and heavy fighting near the Donetsk Airport during Wednesday's briefing. "These incursion -- incursions -- indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely under way in Donetsk and Luhansk. Clearly, that is of deep concern to us," Psaki said.

The U.S. is also worried that Russia is "sending its young men into Ukraine," according to Psaki, "but...are not telling them where they're going or telling their parents what they're doing."

"These are not steps that, certainly, you take when you are operating in a transparent manner," Psaki said of the Russian activity.


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