'Moscow censures claims of Russian invasion into Ukraine' [Serena Shim @ PressTV]
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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has answered back to Kiev's latest allegations against Moscow. Ukraine and a number of its Western allies have accused Russia of a direct invasion into the Ukrainian territory.
Lavrov's comments come as NATO has shown alleged satellite images, claiming tanks and armored vehicles crossed into Ukraine from Russia. Western countries quickly jumped on the band wagon, with US President Barak Obama saying there would be more measures taken to increase economic pressure on Russia. Meanwhile in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, there are mixed opinions. In the meantime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Russians in the east to create a corridor in order to let out Ukrainian soldiers who have been encircled in some of the towns recently captured by pro-Russian fighters. Oleksandr Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, has agreed to Putin's demand, but says Kiev forces must lay down their arms before they leave, so that they will not use their weapons against the pro-Russians in the future. The allegation of a Russian invasion into Ukraine happened shortly after the coastal city of Novazovsk was taken over by pro-Russian fighters. The development dramatically changed the status of power on the ground. It now appears that the pro-Russians have the upper hand. However, most of the people here in Ukraine believe that lasting peace can only be reached at the negotiating table.