BBC News on August 29, 2014, reported of Russian troops fighting with rebels prompted renewed Western criticism of Moscow’s role in the conflict. Excerpts below:

US President Barack Obama blamed Russia for the escalation…

“There is no doubt that this is not a home-grown, indigenous uprising in eastern Ukraine,” he said.

“The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia.”

Mr Obama is due to discuss the crisis with European leaders at a Nato summit in the UK next week.

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