Exclusive: Armored column seen in south Russia near border with Ukraine

Reuters News
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Posted: Aug 28, 2014 7:09 AM

KRASNODAROVKA Russia (Reuters) - A Reuters reporter on Thursday saw a column of armored vehicles and soldiers near a Russian village about 3 km (1.9 miles) from the border with Ukraine.

The column, which had no military identification markings, was driving in an easterly direction, away from the direction of the border.

The Reuters reporter said the column was made up of two armored personnel carriers, six military trucks and one military excavator. The troops sitting on top of the armored personnel carriers had dirty faces, and one had a bandage on his face.

One of the trucks had a smashed windscreen and smashed headlights and was being towed by a second truck. A Mi-8 military helicopter with red star insignia landed at a nearby camp manned by men in camouflage fatigues without identifying marks.

Ukraine alleges that Russian soldiers are fighting its army on Ukrainian territory just across the border, something Russia denies.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)