Merkel, Obama warn of 'dangerous escalation' in Ukraine

А pro-Russian gunman looks at damaged buildings after shelling in downtown Donetsk on August 22, 2014President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Friday that Russia was triggering a “dangerous escalation” of the conflict in Ukraine due to its military presence and shelling there. In a telephone call with Merkel, Obama said the conflict “has continued to deteriorate” since a Malaysian airliner was downed last month over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. The West accuses Russian-backed separatists of shooting down the plane, while Moscow blames Ukraine. Obama and Merkel “agreed that Russia sending a convoy into Ukraine without Ukraine’s approval is a further provocation and a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the White House said.

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