Emergency meeting convened as Russian troops enter Ukraine
Newscast Media KIEV—Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has convened an
emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council after accusing
Russia of sending troops into Ukraine.
Poroshenko canceled a planned trip to Turkey on August 28 and said he will meet with
top officials to discuss the “sharp deterioration” of the situation in the Donetsk region,
including the town of Novoazovsk, which the council says has fallen to Russian
“The president’s place is in Kyiv today,” Poroshenko said.
He said he is also calling for extraordinary sessions of the UN Security Council and the
European Council to discuss the crisis.
Western news agencies quoted a NATO military officer as saying the alliance
believed “more than 1,000 Russian troops” are operating inside Ukraine.
“They are supporting separatists [and] fighting with them,” the officer, who wished to
remain anonymous, told reporters in Mons, Belgium.
He said it is conceivable that Moscow could create a land bridge to the Crimea
Peninsula, which it annexed in March, via the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
Source: Radio Free Europe