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Aug 25, 2014 2:44 PM by Associated Press

Ukraine: Russian tank column enters southeast

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian official says a column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into the country in the far southeast, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place.

A spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council says the column of 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks crossed the border near a city (Novoazovsk) that was shelled during the night. He says the vehicles were Russian military vehicles bearing flags of the separatist Donetsk rebels.

The reported incursion and shelling could indicate an attempt to move on Mariupol, a major port on the Azov Sea, an arm of the Black Sea.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he has no information about the column.

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