Tanks and other military hardware have been commandeered by separatist rebels and have crossed from Russia into Ukraine, the US State Department says.
Ukraine first raised concerns about the alleged crossing on Thursday after several reports, including unverified footage from the internet, appeared to show Russian tanks passing through a town in eastern Ukraine.
US State Department Deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said:
“In the last three days, a convoy of three T-64 tanks, several BM-21 or Grad multiple rocket launchers, and other military vehicles crossed from Russia into Ukraine near the Ukrainian town of Snizhne. This is unacceptable.’‘
Moscow has so far not responded to the US’ claims.