Ukraine says Russian tanks move toward key port

KIEV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 04:  Members of the Azov Battalion, a far-right group of militant activists, stand in Independence Square, or Maidan Square, on September 4, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. The square was the famed site of the protests that eventually led to the February ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych, who is now in exile in Russia. As NATO leaders continue to show support for Ukraine at a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday, Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels appeared increasingly close to signing a deal that could end four months of fighting in the east of the country.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/04 10:35 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's U.N. ambassador says a convoy of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has moved from the resort town of Novoazovsk toward the key port of Mariupol and was stopped by Ukrainian forces and civilians.

Yuriy Sergeyev told a news conference that the convoy started moving Thursday morning and "the fight is still going on right now."

He said the convoy from Novoazovsk, which was captured by heavily armed Russian-backed separatists last week, had four tanks, three armored vehicles and about 50 soldiers, and "most probably" was a reconnaissance mission to test Mariupol's military defenses.

Novoazovsk lies along the road linking Russia to Mariupol and onto Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in March.

Sergeyev said Russia is "most probably" trying to build a land corridor to Crimea.

 

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