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NATO General Blames Russia for Rising Tensions

NATO General Blames Russia for Rising Tensionsi
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July 01, 2014 11:26 AM
Simmering tensions in Eastern Ukraine are rising yet again, as President Petro Poroshenko said Monday he is ending a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon that a top U.S. and NATO general is laying much of the blame on Russia.

NATO General Blames Russia for Rising Tensions

Simmering tensions in Eastern Ukraine are rising yet again, as President Petro Poroshenko said Monday he is ending a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists.  A top U.S. and NATO general is laying much of the blame on Russia.

Even with the cease-fire in effect, peace seemed elusive.
 
In the flashpoint town of Slovyansk, in eastern Ukraine, some residents were quick to place blame on Kyiv. "What is it, a truce? How can one even call it a truce? Can't Poroshenko and his newly-elected government see what is happening, that people are dying?" said Lyudmila a resident of Slovyansk.
 
But even before the cease-fire fell apart, NATO’s top general was expressing doubt that Russia would let it hold. 

“What we see is continued conflict, continued support of the conflict from the east side of the border, and until we see those things turn around, I think we need to watch with a wary eye,” said Breedlove.
 
NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Breedlove said Russia still has at least seven battalion task groups along the Ukraine border, as well as numerous small special operation forces.  And not everything is staying put. “There are several types and capabilities that are moving across that border,” he stated.
 
Just weeks ago, NATO released satellite imagery showing 10 Russian tanks arriving at a staging point just 75 kilometers from the Ukraine border, with three of those tanks eventually crossing over.

General Breedlove said there also is a “very good likelihood” that Russian weapons were used to shoot down a Ukrainian military helicopter.  
 
And he warned that irregular Russian forces remain “very active” inside Eastern Ukraine.


Jeff Seldin

Jeff works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters covering a wide variety of subjects, from the nature of the growing terror threat in Northern Africa to China’s crackdown on Tibet and the struggle over immigration reform in the United States. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jseldin or on Google Plus.

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by: Voldemar from: Tallinn
July 01, 2014 7:12 PM
Russian tanks on Russian territory, Ukraine shells Slovjansk, Pentagon blames Russia for escalation of conflict, EU produce sanctions against Russia.

But suffer simple people in Eastern Ukraine, they got killed.

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