US: Russian directing new offensive in Ukraine

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:38 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Russia has sent additional columns of tanks and armored vehicles into its neighbor's territory. She says the incursions suggest a "Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway" in the contested eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Psaki says Russia is being dishonest about its actions, even to its own people. She says some Russian forces are being sent 30 miles inside Ukraine, the soldiers and their parents not knowing where they're headed. She says burials in Russia and wounded soldiers returning for treatment in St. Petersburg show what Russia is up to.

Psaki also voiced concern Wednesday about rebel attacks in a southeastern Ukrainian port city.

She didn't outline any immediate U.S. response.

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