Rus­sia vi­o­lat­ing Ukraine's sovereignty: Ras­mussen

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BRUS­SELS: Rus­sian forces are en­gaged in di­rect mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in­side Ukraine in a bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of Ukraine's sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, NATO Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral An­ders Fogh Ras­mussen said on Fri­day. "De­spite Moscow's hol­low de­nials, it is now clear that Rus­sian troops and equip­ment have il­le­gally crossed the bor­der into eastern and south-eastern Ukraine," Ras­mussen said. "This is not an iso­lated ac­tion, but part of a dan­ger­ous pat­tern over many months to desta­bilise Ukraine as a sov­er­eign na­tion," he added. He said NATO would fully re­spect any de­ci­sion by the Ukrainian par­lia­ment to aban­don Ukraine's non­aligned sta­tus and set the coun­try on a course to seek to be­come a mem­ber of U.S.-led NATO.-Reuters

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