- Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official says a column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into the country in the far southeast, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place.

Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, told reporters the column of 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks crossed the border near Shcherbak after the nearby city of Novoazovsk was shelled during the night from Russia.

The reported incursion and shelling could indicate an attempt to move on Mariupol, a major port on the Azov Sea, an arm of the Black Sea.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday he had no information about the column.

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