Hva er Putins hensikt? Leder av EU-kommisjonen, Jose Manuel Barroso, fortalte at Putin i en telefonsamtale hadde sagt at russerne kunne ta Kiev i løpet av to uker, hvis de ville.

Vil de? Var det skryt eller trussel? Et hint om at Russland er villig til å gå hele veien, om nødvendig.

Putins utenrikspolitiske talsmann var rasende over at Barroso røpet innholdet i en fortrolig samtale. Men Putin har kommet med lignende antydninger. De føyer seg inn i en rekke, som den om at verden ikke må glemme at Russland er en atommakt.

Ukraina sier at det nå står regulære russiske soldater i begge de to store opprørsbyene.

The statement on the Russians by Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, came after the country’s defence minister said Ukraine’s armed forces are expanding their strategy from just fighting separatists to facing the Russian army in a war that could cost «tens of thousands» of lives.

Lysenko told reporters Russian troops had been seen in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as other locations throughout the east. The claim could not be confirmed independently. Lysenko also said 15 servicemen had been killed over the previous day.

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