NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said what is "even more worrying" is that the Russian military escalation is coinciding with the entry of the purportedly humanitarian convoy into Ukraine. "This is a blatant breach of Russia's international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia," Mr Rasmussen said. "It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel.
Russia has been using artillery against Ukraine forces both from its own territory and from inside Ukraine itself, officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said. "Russian artillery support both cross-border and from within Ukraine is being employed against the Ukrainian armed forces," said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu.
The reports of Russian artillery inside Ukraine, operated both by separatists and by Russian forces themselves, is a new and potentially volatile development. "Since mid-August we have multiple reports of the direct involvement of including Russian airborne, air defence and special operations forces in eastern Ukraine," Ms Lungescu said.
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