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 NATO: Russia Escalates the Conflict, Even as It Calls for De-escalation

NATO said on Friday that Russia, while calling for de-escalation of the Ukraine conflict, had in fact been escalating it.

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said the alliance was checking eyewitness reports in two British newspapers on Friday that a column of at least 23 Russian military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine overnight, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

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"If confirmed, they are further evidence that Russia is doing the very opposite of what it's saying. Russia has been escalating the conflict, even as it calls for de-escalation," she said in response to a question.

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"It is high time that Russia did what it says it wants to do, which is to contribute to a peaceful solution. Russia needs to pull back its troops, stop the flow of arms and fighters over the border with Ukraine, stop supporting the separatists and engage in a genuine and sincere dialogue with Ukraine."

 
 
 
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