Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance

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Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance
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A woman holds a Ukrainian flag during a rally in the center of the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, on August 28, 2014. A few thousand people called for a united Ukraine and asked for Russia to withdraw its military forces from the country. Ukraine and the West said on August 28 that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)
A child holds a Ukrainian flag during a rally in the center of the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, on August 28, 2014. A few thousand people called for a united Ukraine and asked for Russia to withdraw its military forces from the country. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold placards (RtoL) reading 'Putin get out!', 'Putin go home, there is no vodka!' and 'Death for enemies!', during a rally in the center of the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, on August 28, 2014. A few thousand people called for a united Ukraine and asked for Russia to withdraw its military forces from the country. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold Ukrainian flags and anti-Putin placards during a rally in the center of the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, in the Donetsk region, on August 28, 2014. A few thousand people called for a united Ukraine and asked for Russia to withdraw its military forces from the country. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Olga Garina, the mother of Russian paratrooper Egor Pochtoev captured in Ukraine, speaks with her son on August 28, 2014, in Kostroma, some 350 km outside Moscow. Wives and mothers of Russian soldiers were set to demonstrate on August 28 after reports of secret military funerals ratcheted up pressure on Moscow to come clean about its role in the Ukraine conflict. The women said paratroopers from a base in Kostroma, north of Moscow, were sent on military drills and then went incommunicado, only for some of their husbands and sons to return in pine boxes. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Ludmila Hohlova, Chairman of the Board of Soldiers' Mothers gestures on August 28, 2014 near a check point of the Russian paratroopers' base in Kostroma, some 350 km outside Moscow. Wives and mothers of Russian soldiers were set to demonstrate on August 28 after reports of secret military funerals ratcheted up pressure on Moscow to come clean about its role in the Ukraine conflict. The women said paratroopers from a base in Kostroma, north of Moscow, were sent on military drills and then went incommunicado, only for some of their husbands and sons to return in pine boxes. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Children, refugees from eastern Ukraine speak with a policeman in a refugee camp near the Russian city of Donets'k, Rostov region, about 15 kilometres from the Russian-Ukrainian border on August 28, 2014. Some 285,000 people have already fled their homes due to the conflict in east Ukraine, it is estimated, with many leaving for other parts of the country, but close to 168,000 seeking sanctuary in Russia. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY KRONBERG (Photo credit should read ANDREY KRONBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl holds a placard 'Enough surrender the Ukraine !' during the rally in front of Ukrainian Defence Ministery in Kiev on August 28, 2014. Protesters demand help for the volunteer battalions of Donbass, Mirotvorets, Kherson and Dnipro-1 surrounded by pro-Russian militants for the fifth day in the small city of Izvaryne, suburb of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers guard at a gateway during the rally in front of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry in Kiev on August 28, 2014. Protesters demand help for the volunteer battalions of Donbass, Mirotvorets, Kherson and Dnipro-1 surrounded by pro-Russian militants for the fifth day in the small city of Izvaryne, suburb of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Belarus honor guard soldiers walk behind Kazakh, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine national and EU flags after the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine met face-to-face Tuesday for the first time since June to talk about the fighting that has engulfed Ukraine's separatist east. From their opening remarks, it appeared unlikely that Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko would find common ground. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
The House of Culture burns after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine, helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, center, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin, second left, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, third right, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, second right, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, left, to their talks after after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Leaders of Russia, Belarus, two other former Soviet republics as well as top EU officials are meeting in Minsk, Belarus, for a highly anticipated summit to discuss the crisis in Ukraine which has left more than 2,000 dead and displaced over 300,000 people. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, center, holds flowers upon her arrival in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Ashton arrived in Minsk on Tuesday for discussions with Russia and Ukraine with a view to creating a new political impulse towards finding a political, sustainable solution to the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/ Dmitry Brushko)
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, and German chancellor Angela Merkel during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has advocated a measured European Union response to Russia’s aggressive policies in Ukrain said she urged a political solution to the crisis. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool)
A girl holds a placard 'Enough surrender the Ukraine !' during the rally in front of Ukrainian Defence Ministery in Kiev on August 28, 2014. Protesters demand help for the volunteer battalions of Donbass, Mirotvorets, Kherson and Dnipro-1 surrounded by pro-Russian militants for the fifth day in the small city of Izvaryne, suburb of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainian protesters hold placards reading 'Aggressors come to your house' and 'Save our women' during a demonstration outside the Ukrainian defence ministry in Kiev on August 28, 2014. Protesters gathered to demand help for the volunteer battalions of Donbass, Mirotvorets, Kherson and Dnipro-1 surrounded by pro-Russian militants for the fifth day in the small city of Izvaryne, suburb of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Mothers and wives of Russia paratroopers captured in Ukraine stand near a check point of their base in Kostroma some 350 km outside Moscow on August 28, 2014. Wives and mothers of Russian soldiers were set to demonstrate Thursday after reports of secret military funerals ratcheted up pressure on Moscow to come clean about its role in the Ukraine conflict. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
People shout slogans during a rally in front of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office in Kiev on August 27, 2014. Protesters demand help for the volunteer battalions of Donbass, Mirotvorets, Kherson and Dnipro-1 surrounded by pro-Russian militants for the fifth day in the small city of Izvaryne, suburb of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, center, looks at them, prior to their talks after after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Leaders of Russia, Belarus, two other former Soviet republics as well as top EU officials are meeting in Minsk, Belarus, for a highly anticipated summit to discuss the crisis in Ukraine which has left more than 2,000 dead and displaced over 300,000 people. (AP Photo/Kazakh Presidential Press Service, Sergei Bondarenko, Pool)
ALTERNATIVE CROP - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, prior their talks in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Leaders of Russia, Belarus, two other former Soviet republics as well as top EU officials are meeting in Minsk, Belarus, for a highly anticipated summit to discuss the crisis in Ukraine which has left more than 2,000 dead and displaced over 300,000 people. (AP Photo/Kazakh Presidential Press Service, Sergei Bondarenko, pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, back right, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, attend talks in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for talks Tuesday, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June on the fighting that has engulfed Ukraine's separatist east. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (C) gestures next to Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as they meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (C) gestures next to Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as they meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (C) gestures next to Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as they meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (C) gestures next to Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as they meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (C) gestures next to Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as they meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
(From L) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
(From L) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R), Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (2ndR), and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meet in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko are meeting in Minsk for key talks, after the US warned of a 'significant escalation' in the crisis over Ukraine and Kiev announced the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is shown on a TV camera viewfinder as he speaks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Russia has announced plans to send a second aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where months of fighting have left many residential buildings in ruins. Lavrov said Monday that Russia had notified the Ukrainian government that it was preparing to send a second convoy along the same route in the coming days. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Pro-Russian rebels standing at a block-post on the outskirts of Donetsk seen through the bullet riddled windshield of a bus, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, where at least 12 militiamen fighting alongside government troops against pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have been killed in an ambush, a spokesman for their radical nationalist movement said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Local resident Sergei Bazhenov inspects the damage near destroyed houses after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. A rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine came under intensified shelling Wednesday as the U.N. revealed that the death toll from the fighting between government troops and separatists has nearly doubled in the last two weeks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 14: Residents of Donetsk arrive at a shelter in the Topaz district after fleeing the nothern suburbs near the international airport as the ongoing artillery battle between the Ukrainian forces and pro Russian rebels intensifies on August 14, 2014 in Donestk, Ukraine. A Russian aid convoy is on its way towards the Ukranian border, heading to a crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels instead of a government controlled post which the Ukrainian government has demanded it head to, according to the latest reports. The government has threatened to block the convoy if the cargo could not be inspected and is sending its own cargo of aid to the war-torn region of Luhansk. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 14: Residents of Donetsk arrive at a shelter in the Topaz district after fleeing the nothern suburbs near the international airport as the ongoing artillery battle between the Ukrainian forces and pro Russian rebels intensifies on August 14, 2014 in Donestk, Ukraine. A Russian aid convoy is on its way towards the Ukranian border, heading to a crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels instead of a government controlled post which the Ukrainian government has demanded it head to, according to the latest reports. The government has threatened to block the convoy if the cargo could not be inspected and is sending its own cargo of aid to the war-torn region of Luhansk. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 14: Residents of Donetsk arrive at a shelter after fleeing the nothern suburbs near the international airport as the ongoing artillery battle between the Ukrainian forces and pro Russian rebels intensifies on August 14, 2014 in Donestk, Ukraine. A Russian aid convoy is on its way towards the Ukranian border, heading to a crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels instead of a government controlled post which the Ukrainian government has demanded it head to, according to the latest reports. The government has threatened to block the convoy if the cargo could not be inspected and is sending its own cargo of aid to the war-torn region of Luhansk. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 14: People look concerned as they pass by a house on fire in a residential area of Donetsk, named Voroshyloskyi after it was hit by artillery shelling on August 14, 2014 in Donestk, Ukraine. A Russian aid convoy is on its way towards the Ukranian border, heading to a crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels instead of a government controlled post which the Ukrainian government has demanded it head to, according to the latest reports. The government has threatened to block the convoy if the cargo could not be inspected and is sending its own cargo of aid to the war-torn region of Luhansk. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 14: Firemen try to put out a fire in a residential area of Donetsk, named Voroshyloskyi after it was hit by artillery shelling on August 14, 2014 in Donestk, Ukraine. A Russian aid convoy is on its way towards the Ukranian border, heading to a crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels instead of a government controlled post which the Ukrainian government has demanded it head to, according to the latest reports. The government has threatened to block the convoy if the cargo could not be inspected and is sending its own cargo of aid to the war-torn region of Luhansk. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 14: People look at the damage in the street after the centre of the city was hit by artillery shelling on August 14, 2014 in Donestk, Ukraine. A Russian aid convoy is on its way towards the Ukranian border, heading to a crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels instead of a government controlled post which the Ukrainian government has demanded it head to, according to the latest reports. The government has threatened to block the convoy if the cargo could not be inspected and is sending its own cargo of aid to the war-torn region of Luhansk. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
Trucks drivers from a Russian humanitarian convoy gather after parking on a field outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, some 30kms from the Russian-Ukrainian border, Russia, on August 14, 2014. A massive Russian 'humanitarian' convoy closed in on Ukraine's border today despite doubts over whether the trucks would be allowed across, and as deadly fighting rocked rebel-held strongholds. The nearly 300 vehicles headed towards southeastern Ukraine, even as intense shelling there in the insurgent bastions of Donetsk and Lugansk -- where the trucks appear headed -- sharply increased the death toll from fighting. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY KRONBERG (Photo credit should read ANDREY KRONBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 12: Refugees occupy a building of the National University of Donetsk as shelter from conflict as a pro Russian rebel stands by August 12, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. An estimated of 1200 refugees from the Donestk region fled their home during fights between pro Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces and found shelter in buildings in the university. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 12: Refugees occupy a building of the National University of Donetsk as shelter from conflict August 12, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. An estimated of 1200 refugees from the Donestk region fled their home during fights between pro Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces and found shelter in buildings in the university. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
Local residents Svetlana Avdyukhin displays fragments of a shell after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. A rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine came under intensified shelling Wednesday as the U.N. revealed that the death toll from the fighting between government troops and separatists has nearly doubled in the last two weeks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Local resident Alexander Avdyukhin inspects the damage in his destroyed house after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. A rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine came under intensified shelling Wednesday as the U.N. revealed that the death toll from the fighting between government troops and separatists has nearly doubled in the last two weeks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A dead body seen in the destroyed house after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A fire fighter and destroyed building are visible through the hole from shrapnel after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Blood covered pieces of glass and a rosary lie in the bus at a security post on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, where at least 12 militiamen fighting alongside government troops against pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have been killed in an ambush, a spokesman for their radical nationalist movement said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A wounded Ukrainian woman receiving treatment after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 12: Children refugee occupys a building of the National University of Donetsk as shelter from conflict August 12, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. An estimated of 1200 refugees from the Donestk region fled their home during fights between pro Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces and found shelter in buildings in the university. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 12: Children refugees occupy a building of the National University of Donetsk as shelter from conflict August 12, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. An estimated of 1200 refugees from the Donestk region fled their home during fights between pro Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces and found shelter in buildings in the university. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 12: People deliver aid for refugees occupying a building of the National University of Donetsk as shelter from conflict August 12, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. An estimated of 1200 refugees from the Donestk region fled their home during fights between pro Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces and found shelter in buildings in the university. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
Supporter and opponent of Moscow Patriaechy argue during the vote on the new Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in front of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra cathedrals in Kiev on August 13, 2014. Volodymyr, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine, died on July 5, 2014. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has addressed to the Council over the election of a new head and said that the election of the head takes place at 'the most difficult period of modern history of Ukraine - blood is being spilt and we are suffering from foreign aggression'. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Local resident Valentina Smirnova reacts as she stands in her destroyed house after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. A rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine came under intensified shelling Wednesday as the U.N. revealed that the death toll from the fighting between government troops and separatists has nearly doubled in the last two weeks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Local resident Alexander Avdyukhin inspects the damage in his destroyed house after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. A rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine came under intensified shelling Wednesday as the U.N. revealed that the death toll from the fighting between government troops and separatists has nearly doubled in the last two weeks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Pro-Russian rebels stand at a security post on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, where at least 12 militiamen fighting alongside government troops against pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have been killed in an ambush, a spokesman for their radical nationalist movement said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Prisoners are visible through a wall destroyed by shelling at a high-security facility in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Inmates at a high-security facility stand in a yard after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 11: Inmates move their belongings after artillery shells hit a high security prison on August 11, 2104 in Donetsk, Ukraine . It has been reported that one prisoner has been killed and over one hundred prisoners have escaped as the high-security prison was hit by shelling. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 11: A guard inspects the damaged roof after artillery shells hit a high security prison on August 11, 2104 in Donetsk, Ukraine . It has been reported that one prisoner has been killed and over one hundred prisoners have escaped as the high-security prison was hit by shelling. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 11: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) The dead body of a detainee lays in a vehicle after artillery shells hit a high security prison on August 11, 2104 in Donetsk, Ukraine . It has been reported that one prisoner has been killed and over one hundred prisoners have escaped as the high-security prison was hit by shelling. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 11: The dead body of a detainee lays in a vehicle after artillery shells hit a high security prison on August 11, 2104 in Donetsk, Ukraine . It has been reported that one prisoner has been killed and over one hundred prisoners have escaped as the high-security prison was hit by shelling. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 11: A guard looks over damage in the prison grounds after artillery shells hit a high security prison on August 11, 2104 in Donetsk, Ukraine . It has been reported that one prisoner has been killed and over one hundred prisoners have escaped as the high-security prison was hit by shelling. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
An inmates stands in a yard at a high-security facility after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 11: An inmate looks out from behind bars after artillery shells hit a high security prison on August 11, 2104 in Donetsk, Ukraine . It has been reported that one prisoner has been killed and over one hundred prisoners have escaped as the high-security prison was hit by shelling. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
Inmates at a high-security facility stand in a yard after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A prisoner inspects damage in a high-security facility after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
An officer walks outside a prison after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A prisoner tramples smoldering grass in a high-security facility after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A prisoner displays fragments of a shell after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Local authorities say more than 100 prisoners have fled from a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. City council spokesman Maxim Rovensky said Monday a jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate. The fugitives include people jailed for murder, robbery and rape. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Ukrainian fire fighters put out the fire at the destroyed buses after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Ukrainian fire fighters have a break as they put out the fire at the destroyed building after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Smoke from shelling rises over a residential apartment houses in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. Ukrainians try to extinguish the burning barricades set fire by activists during the clashes. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Smoke from shelling rises over a residential apartment houses in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Ukrainian fire fighters put out the fire at the destroyed building after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Ukrainian fire fighters put out the fire at the destroyed buses after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Mayor of Kiev Vitalii Klitschko helps Kiev residents as they remove the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Mayor of Kiev Vitalii Klitschko helps Kiev residents as they remove the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. Ukrainians try to extinguish the burning barricades set fire by activists during the clashes. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Mayor of Kiev Vitalii Klitschko helps Kiev residents as they remove the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pro-Russian rebels on a tank drive on a road in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian rebels there for a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe." One person was killed and 10 injured in shelling that started early Sunday morning and continued into the day, city council spokesman Maxim Rovinsky told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
CAPTION CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - Ukrainian government troops roll on their military vehicles in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine said Saturday that Ukrainian forces have seized a key town, leaving the rebel region's largest city of Donetsk surrounded. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Mayor of Kiev Vitalii Klitschko helps Kiev residents as they remove the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Mayor of Kiev Vitalii Klitschko helps Kiev residents as they remove the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 8: Ukrainian Soldiers unload non-lethal military equipments from the plane, shortly after CC-130J Hercules from Canadian Forces Base Trenton arrived to Kiev, Ukraine on August 8, 2014. Non-lethal military equipment, including helmets, ballistic eyewear, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags, help the country to protect its eastern border. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People extinguish a fire after Maidan self-defence burned a barricade during clashes with residents of Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of the residents came to remove barricades and tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. A few hundred Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the centre of the city that upsets the vast majority of the local residents as the self-defence activists transformed the iconic place into a hotbed of crime, drunkenness and instability. The Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them Alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
People extinguish a fire after Maidan self-defence burned a barricade during clashes with residents of Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of the residents came to remove barricades and tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. A few hundred Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the centre of the city that upsets the vast majority of the local residents as the self-defence activists transformed the iconic place into a hotbed of crime, drunkenness and instability. The Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them Alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A fireman extinguishes a fire after Maidan self-defence burned a barricade during clashes with residents of Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of the residents came to remove barricades and tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. A few hundred Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the centre of the city that upsets the vast majority of the local residents as the self-defence activists transformed the iconic place into a hotbed of crime, drunkenness and instability. The Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them Alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Maidan self-defence activist runs at a barricade burned by them during clashes with residents of Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of the residents came to remove barricades and tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. A few hundred Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the centre of the city that upsets the vast majority of the local residents as the self-defence activists transformed the iconic place into a hotbed of crime, drunkenness and instability. The Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them Alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man runs in front of a barricade burned by Maidan self-defence activists as they clash with residents of Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of the residents came to remove barricades and tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. Some few hundreds of Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the centre of the city that upsets the vast majority of the local residents as the self-defence activists transformed the iconic place into a hotbed of crime, drunkenness and instability. The Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them Alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Maidan self-defence activist holds a stone by a barricade burned by them during clashes with residents of Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of the residents came to remove barricades and tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. A few hundred Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the centre of the city that upsets the vast majority of the local residents as the self-defence activists transformed the iconic place into a hotbed of crime, drunkenness and instability. The Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them Alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A volunteer removes a tire from a barricade set alight by dwellers of a tent camp blocking the main street of Ukraine's capital, Kiev, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Protesters erected the barricades to protect a sprawling tent camp on the central city's main square. Although the camp's size dwindled sharply after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in February and a new government came to power, a determined core of demonstrators remained in a show of suspicion of the new authorities. Some tents remained on Saturday. But Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko, who was one of the leaders of the protests against Yanukovych, was quoted by Ukrainian media as saying an agreement has been reached with the protest holdouts to restore free movement in the center. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
An activist burns tyres during a clash with a special forces police battalion, in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Demonstrators on Thursday confronted city workers attempting to clear a central square, setting tyres on fire in protest against the city government's move, with dark plumes of smoke from burning rubber rising above Independence Square. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Special forces police battalion officers detain an activist during a clash in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The unrest had started earlier Thursday, following the Kiev authorities attempt to dismantle some of the barricades. Activists confronted city workers attempting to clear a central square, lighting tyres on fire in protest against the city government's move. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - AUGUST 10: Firefighters extinguish fire in the telecommunication building after Rebel held east city Donetsk shelled as clashes continue between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on August 10, 2014. (Photo by Sertac Bulur/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A woman sits inside a makeshift bomb shelter in Donetsk, on August 10, 2014. Artillery pounded the surrounded main rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine Sunday as the West warned Russia that any attempt to send 'humanitarian' troops into the conflict-torn region would be deemed 'unacceptable.' Shelling meanwhile continued throughout the night and into Sunday in Donetsk, a one-million strong city that rebels now say has been surrounded by Ukrainian forces. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Mayor of Kiev Vitalii Klitschko helps Kiev residents as they remove the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 9: Kiev residents clash with the self defense activists as removing the tents and barricades, set by activists, from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in Kiev, Ukraine on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A serviceman sits on a tank gun barrel while a helicopter flies on the position of the Ukrainian troops in Donetsk region on August 9, 2014. Fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has left 13 troops dead in the last 24 hours, Ukraine's military said Saturday. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Kiev residents clean up Maidan self-defence activists camp and the barricades in Kiev on August 9, 2014 as thousands of the residents of Ukrainian capital came to remove barricades and tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. Some few hundreds of Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the center of the city that upsets the vast majority of the local residents as the self-defence activist transformed the iconic place into a hotbed crime, drunkenness and instability. The Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them Alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents of Kiev clash with 'Maidan' activists on August 9, 2014 as hundreds of local volunteers, backed up by municipal workers with bulldozers, came to remove barricades and tents from the protest camp on Kiev's iconic Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free the nearby Khreshchatyk street for traffic. Most of the remaining tents and barricades at the camp from the protest movement that toppled former president Viktor Yanukovych in February were demolished on August 9, an occupation that upsets a vast majority of locals as the iconic camp transformed into a hotbed crime, drunkenness and instability. Kievites assert that the present inhabitants of the current Maidan discredited the very concept of Maidan and call them alco-Maidan. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man searches for shrapnel after shelling in Donetsk on August 9, 2014. The centre of the one-million strong city appears to have become a new battleground in the fighting, coming under sustained shelling for the first time on August 7, with mortar fire hitting a hospital and residences near a key rebel base. Ukraine said on August 8 it warded off a Russian attempt to send troops across the border under the guise of a humanitarian mission, fuelling Western fears that Moscow is planning to invade. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on August 8, 2014 shows a hole in an appartment building following shelling in Donetsk. The centre of the one-million strong city appears to have become a new battleground in the fighting, coming under sustained shelling for the first time on Thursday, with mortar fire hitting a hospital and residences near a key rebel base. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows a house destroyed by combat between the Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian militants, in the village of Senyonovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on August 7, 2014. Fighting raged on in Ukraine's industrial east, where local authorities have warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe. NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Russia to 'step back from the brink' during a visit to Kiev on Thursday and vowed support for Ukraine as fears mounted that Moscow was preparing to send troops into the conflict-torn east of the country. AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 07: People walk past a burnt barricade set fire by activists during a clash with Ukrainian special forces police battalion in Independence Square, also known as the Maidan, to protest the local authorities' attempt to clean up the square from the protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, on August 7, 2014. (Photo by Artem Slipachuk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 07: Activists clash with a Ukrainian special forces police battalion in Independence Square, also known as the Maidan, during a protest against the local authorities' attempt to clean up the square from the protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, on August 7, 2014. (Photo by Artem Slipachuk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Relatives react at a coffin with the body of Kyril Andrienko, commander of special team of Ukrainian Forces, who died during the anti-terrorists operation (ATO) in the east of Ukraine during the funeral ceremony in Lviv on August 7, 2014. Shelling rocked the area around a key rebel base in the centre of the insurgent bastion of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, city authorities said. AFP PHOTO/ YURKO DYACHYSHYN (Photo credit should read YURKO DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man throws a Molotov cocktail as Maidan self-defence activists clash with fighters of Kiev-1 volunteer battalion on Independence Square in Kiev on August 7, 2014. Kiev's municipal services protected with the servicemen tried to remove tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. Some few hundreds of Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the center of the Ukrainian capital that upsets the vast majority of the local residents. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man throws a Molotov cocktail as Maidan self-defence activists clash with fighters of Kiev-1 volunteer battalion on Independence Square in Kiev on August 7, 2014. Kiev's municipal services protected with the servicemen tried to remove tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. Some few hundreds of Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the center of the Ukrainian capital that upsets the vast majority of the local residents. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
An Orthodox priest holds a stone as Maidan self-defence activists clash with fighters of Kiev-1 volunteer battalion on Independence Square in Kiev on August 7, 2014. Kiev's municipal services protected with the servicemen tried to remove tents from the city's central Independence Square, also known as Maidan, and free Khreshchatyk Street for the traffic. Some few hundreds of Maidan activists still live in the tent camp set in the center of the Ukrainian capital that upsets the vast majority of the local residents. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 7: A man burns wood during a clash with Ukrainian special forces police battalion in Independence Square, also known as the Maidan, to protest the local authorities' attempt to clean up the square from the protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, on August 7, 2014. (Photo by Sergey Starastenko/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
A Pro-Russian rebel passes by a car which was hit by shrapnel from a shell after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine, helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. (AP Photo / Mstislav Chernov)
Women rush across the street after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine, helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)
Ukrainian soldiers ride atop an APC near the village of Sakhanka, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Separatist rebels shelled a town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to discuss the escalating crisis. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A woman cleans the debris of broken windows in her appartement in the Kievski neighbourhood in northern Donetsk on August 28, 2014, where one person was killed after a shell that hit the building. The United States on August 28 accused Russia of being 'directly involved' in fighting in war-torn east Ukraine, after rebels appeared to seize swathes of territory from retreating government forces. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)
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By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk

(Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and conferring with defense chiefs because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".

A NATO military officer said: "We assess well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine... They are supporting separatists (and) fighting with them."

Russia says it has no involvement in the conflict between pro-Moscow rebels and the Ukrainian military, in which more than 2,200 people have been killed since April.

It denies sending in weapons or troops, despite the capture of 11 soldiers inside Ukraine this week who Moscow said had probably crossed the border by accident. Russia's envoy to the OSCE security forum in Vienna said no Russian forces were crossing the Ukrainian border "at any point".

A rebel leader said their objective was Mariupol, a major port and industrial center further west.

The latest sharp escalation in the crisis came only two days after the presidents of both countries held their first talks in more than two months and agreed to work towards launching a peace process.

Ukraine's security and defense council said the border town of Novoazovsk and other parts of Ukraine's south-east had fallen under the control of Russian forces.

"A counter-offensive by Russian troops and separatist units is continuing in south-east Ukraine," it said on Twitter.

It said Ukrainian government forces had withdrawn from Novoazovsk "to save their lives" and were now reinforcing defenses in Mariupol.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk appealed to the United States, European Union and G7 countries "to freeze Russian assets and finances until Russia withdraws armed forces, equipment and agents".

French President Francois Hollande said it would be "intolerable and unacceptable" if it was proved true that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory.

European shares fell sharply on the news, halting a three-day global rally..

NEW FRONT

Rebel advances this week have opened a new front in the conflict just as Ukraine's army appeared to have gained the upper hand, virtually encircling the separatists in their main strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, said on Facebook: "The invasion of Putin's regular Russian army of Ukraine is now an established fact!"

Russia's defense ministry declined to comment on reports of Russian tanks in Novoazovsk. A Russian diplomatic source said: "The Russian authorities clearly said many times there are no regular Russian troops there. Russia is not taking part in this armed conflict."

But a member of President Vladimir Putin's advisory council on human rights, Ella Polyakova, told Reuters she believed Russia was carrying out an invasion of Ukraine.

"When masses of people, under commanders' orders, on tanks, APCs and with the use of heavy weapons, (are) on the territory of another country, cross the border, I consider this an invasion," Polyakova told Reuters.

A Reuters reporter in southern Russia saw a column of armored vehicles and dust-covered troops, one of them with an injured face, about 3 km (2 miles) from the border with the part of Ukraine which Kiev says is occupied by Russian troops.

The column was driving east, away from the border, across open countryside near the village of Krasnodarovka, in Russia's Rostov region.

None of the men or vehicles had standard military identification marks, but the reporter saw a Mi-8 helicopter with a red star insignia -- consistent with Russian military markings -- land next to a nearby military first aid tent.

All the uniformed men Reuters spoke to declined to say whether or not they were in the Russian military.

TANKS IN NOVOAZOVSK

The loss of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov is a blow to Ukrainian government forces since it leaves vulnerable the big port city of Mariupol, further west along the coast. A resident, Mykola, said there were tanks in the streets.

A military source said the separatist forces had also taken Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk which gives strategic command over large areas of the territory.

Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told Reuters in an interview that the rebels' objective was to fight their way to Mariupol.

"Today we reached the Sea of Azov, the shore, and the process of liberating our land, which is temporarily occupied by the Ukrainian authorities, will keep going further and further," Zakharchenko said in Donetsk, the main rebel stronghold.

He said there were about 3,000 Russian volunteers serving in the rebel ranks.

The U.S. ambassador to Kiev, Geoffrey Pyatt, tweeted: "Russian supplied tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and multiple rocket launchers have been insufficient to defeat Ukraine' armed forces. So now an increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory.

"Russia has also sent its newest air defense systems including the SA-22 into eastern Ukraine & is now directly involved in the fighting," he said.

The crisis has prompted Western governments to impose sanctions on Moscow, which has responded in kind, and fanned tensions with NATO to levels not seen since the Cold War.

A senior German conservative politician called for further European Union sanctions against Russia.

Fighting in the east erupted in April, a month after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in response to the toppling of a pro-Moscow president in Kiev.

A United Nations report this week said more than 2,200 people have been killed, not including the 298 who died when a Malaysian airliner was shot down over rebel-held territory in July.

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