Kiev said 18 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and 54 injured in 25 separate clashes over the past day in eastern Ukraine. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said troops had been shelled from inside Russian territory and frontier guards had come under a four hour mortar and artillery attack.
Over the past two months, government troops have fought back, gaining ground against the rebels, who are led almost exclusively by Russian citizens and have managed to acquire tanks, missiles and other heavy weaponry that Kiev and its Western allies say can only have come from across the frontier.
Fighting has intensified since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed on July 17, killing all 298 people on board. Western countries say it was shot down by rebels with an advanced Nike Zoom Hyperrev 2015 On Feet anti aircraft missile supplied by Russia. Moscow denies blame, and the Russians who command the rebels deny they had such missiles.
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Moscow could use "the pretext of a humanitarian or peace keeping mission as an excuse to send troops into Eastern Ukraine", she said. A NATO military officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Russia's build up at the border included tanks, infantry, artillery, air defense systems, logistics troops, special forces, and aircraft.
NATO said on Wednesday Russia had massed around 20,000 combat ready troops on Ukraine's border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade. It was the starkest warning yet from the Western alliance that Moscow could mount a ground assault on its neighbor.
The United States and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia that were mild at first but have been tightened sharply since the airliner was brought down, now targeting Russia's defense, oil and financial sectors.
A Russian defence ministry spokesman dismissed the NATO accusations: "We've been hearing this for three months already."
The war of economic sanctions has escalated even as fighting has intensified on the ground in eastern Ukraine in the three weeks since a Malaysian airliner was shot down over territory held by pro Russian rebels.
poultry, although he declined to give a full list of banned goods. He could not be reached again after the RIA report.
"We're not going to guess what's on Russia's mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat ready troops on Ukraine eastern border," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in an emailed statement.
He told the government to avoid measures that would hurt Russian consumers, but the blanket bans reported by RIA were about as sweeping as could be.
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Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in the Black Sea in March, and Western countries say it has funded and armed pro Russian rebels since they rose up in east Ukraine in April.
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Russia imported $43 billion worth of food last year. According to the European Commission, Russia bought 28 percent of EU fruit exports and 21.5 percent of its vegetables in 2011. Department of Agriculture.
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