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Obama: Russia 'trains, arms and funds' Ukraine rebels

US President Barack Obama has warned that Russia faces "more costs and consequences" if it continues to aid rebels in eastern Ukraine.

President Obama
President Obama Credit: Reuters

In a news conference at the White House, he said:

The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia. They are armed by Russia. They are funded by Russia. Russia has repeatedly and deliberately violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see ...

As a result of the actions Russia has already taken, and the major sanctions we have imposed with our European and international partners, Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the Cold War ... This ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia.

– president Obama

Fifteen civilians killed as battle for Donetsk rages on

Fifteen civilians were killed after Donetsk came under more heavy shelling today, according to city authorities.

A car on fire in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine
A car on fire in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine Credit: APTN

People ran for shelter after shells fell on a market area of the eastern Ukrainian city. Emergency services rushed to carry away the casualties and out out fires in apartment buildings and cars.

A balcony and windows blown out by shelling at an apartment block in Donetsk
A balcony and windows blown out by shelling at an apartment block in Donetsk Credit: Reuters

Some apartment buildings showed signs of extensive damage from two weeks of shelling as Ukrainian forces try to wrest the city from the grip of pro-Russia rebels.

Damage to an apartment building
Damage to an apartment building Credit: Reuters

Local media agencies also distributed footage purporting to show civilians killed by shelling in the streets.

US: Sanctions are 'most effective tool' against Russia

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said the US is considering a "range of tools" to deal with what it sees as Russian aggression in Ukraine.

She said increased sanctions on Russia are "the most effective tool, the best tool."

"A military solution is not what we think is the appropriate approach so we're taking every tool that we can to see if we can reach a solution here through diplomatic means," she said.

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Satellite images 'show Russian artillery inside Ukraine'

Nato has released satellite images that it says show Russian combat troops and "sophisticated heavy weaponry" inside Ukraine.

Satellite image purporting to show Russian military units moving in a convoy near Krasnodon, Ukraine
Satellite image purporting to show Russian military units moving in a convoy near Krasnodon, Ukraine Credit: Nato/Digital Globe

The images were taken in late August and reportedly show "self-propelled artillery" moving in convoy and establishing firing positions near the city of Krasnodon in eastern Ukraine.

Satellite image purporting to show Russian self-propelled artillery units set up in firing positions
Satellite image purporting to show Russian self-propelled artillery units set up in firing positions Credit: Nato/Digital Globe

In a statement, Nato said the images provide "concrete examples of Russian activity inside Ukraine" but represent "only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the overall scope of Russian troop and weapons movements".

Satellite image purporting to show six Russian self-propelled guns in Russia around four miles south of the Ukraine border
Satellite image purporting to show six Russian self-propelled guns in Russia around four miles south of the Ukraine border Credit: Nato/Digital Globe

Nato also said other images show Russian forces transferring weapons and other military hardware to separatist forces, and "substantial activity" on the Russian side of the border with Ukraine.

Canada's response to Russian border 'mistake' goes viral

The Canadian delegation to Nato has come up with this response to reports that Russian troops entered Ukraine "by mistake".

The sarcastic tweet, which attracted claims that Canada has "trolled" Russia, has been re-tweeted more than 17,000 times.

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Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine http://t.co/RF3H4IXGSp

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On Tuesday, an unnamed Russian security source was quoted as saying the incursion was a "mistake" - a claim contradicted by Ukraine which says the troops have attacked the eastern town of Novoazovsk.

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