BREAKING: Russian tanks said to enter Ukraine; Poroshenko phones Putin

BREAKING: Russian tanks said to enter Ukraine; Poroshenko phones Putin

[Ed. – It seems like a tentatively positive sign that Poroshenko called Putin.  But that casts doubt only on how big the reaction will be to what is clearly a provocative move by Russia.  If the tanks don’t draw back quickly, the meaning of this will be unmistakable.]

KIEV — Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday after reports that three Russian tanks crossed the border into Ukraine.

The tanks rolled through a border checkpoint at Luhansk controlled by pro-Russian separatists, to join fighting in eastern Ukraine, said Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Poroshenko also explained a peace plan for southeast Ukraine to Putin, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“The president of Ukraine informed Vladimir Putin about his plan to settle the situation in the south-east of Ukraine. The presidents also discussed the development of bilateral relations,” Peskov added. …

The details of Poroshenko’s proposal were not made public, but the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced it awaited Putin’s reaction to the plan.

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