US National Security Advisor Susan Rice has accused Russia of escalating its military incursions into Ukraine with air defence systems and dozens of tanks.
Her remarks on social media come ahead of today’s summit in Minsk between Russia and Ukraine accompanied by European Union officials.
No-one is holding out much hope of a thaw in relations.
Euronews reporter Angelina Kariakina who is in the Belarussian capital said:
“Economic relations, Ukraine, the EU, the situation in Donbass, gas issues – these are the key topics of the Minsk meeting, which will take place here, at the Palace of Independence. Even though no significant progress is expected, some are already calling this event ‘historic’. An official meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia is expected to take place for the first time since the conflict started.”