The advance comes as a leader of separatist rebels in Ukraine confirmed for the first time that Russian active duty military are fighting in Ukraine — although he insisted the fighters were in the country for short stints, while on vacation. "I'll say openly that fighting among us are active military who prefer not to spend a holiday on the beach," Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk Peoples' Republic, said in an interview on Russia television. "They are among us brothers who are fighting for their freedom.
In a televised statement from Kiev, Mr Poroshenko said he canceled a planned trip to Turkey because "the introduction of Russian forces into Ukraine has taken place. " He set an emergency meeting with his security chiefs for later in the day. "The world needs to pay attention to the sharply worsening situation in Ukraine," he said.
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