Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

Pro-Russian fighters stand in Troitsko-Khartsyzk, east of Donetsk, on August 28, 2014Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master. US President Barack Obama led a chorus of growing international condemnation over the escalating crisis, saying it was “plain for the world to see” that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine, despite more repeated denials by Moscow. Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Russia’s actions “cannot remain without consequences” as the US and Europe raised the prospect of fresh sanctions against Russia.

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