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Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

By Agencies in Moscow and Kiev ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-30 08:07:14

Humanitarian situation 'alarming', fighting killed nearly 2,600, UN says

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on separatists on Friday to release Ukrainian soldiers they have surrounded in eastern Ukraine.

Putin's statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops. Western powers have accused Moscow of lying about its role and dangerously escalating the conflict.

Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

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