Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk says Russian troops have entered Ukraine and are working with separatists east of Donetsk. Deborah Gembara reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~****~ Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk says Russian troops are now on Ukrainian soil. The Ukrainian leader is warning that the situation in the east of the country is deteriorating rapidly. SOUNDBITE:Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk saying: "Russia has sent a number of armoured personnel vehicles, tanks and troops. We can confirm that Russian military boots are on Ukrainian ground." This column of armored vehichles was spotted near the Russian side of the border. While it isn't clear where they had come from or where they were headed, Kiev says the latest reports suggest troops are working with separatists to stage an offensive in smaller cities east Donetsk where fighting has been raging since April. Much of the city has become a war zone. The latest developments were enough to prompt President Petro Poroshenko to cancel a planned trip to Turkey. And in Kiev, Yatseniuk is asking the west for more help. SOUNDBITE:Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk saying: "We urge the EU and the United States to freeze all Russian assets until Russia pulls back its forces, its military and stops the supply of Russian-led guerrillas." But those guerrillas say they're digging in. Despite a death toll that exceeds 2200, they say they'll fight to keep the territory they now hold.