13:56 25.08.2014

Ukrainian troops stop larger part of armored vehicles that broke into Ukraine near Novoazovsk – Tymchuk

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Ukrainian troops on Monday morning managed to stop a larger part of a convoy of military vehicles, which entered Ukraine from the border with Russia near Novoazovsk, the head of the Information Resistance group, Dmytro Tymchuk, has said.

"With regard to Novoazovsk-Mariupol, there is no open invasion by Russia. A convoy tried to break through, it was blocked, and only a few armored vehicles broke through," he wrote on his page on Facebook on Monday.

Later, Tymchuk added that the convoy had been divided due to the actions of Ukrainian units.

"The major part of the column was stopped with the fire of our forces. Part of the column (preliminarily ten armored personnel carriers, two tanks and two KamAZs) continued its movement deep into the territory of Ukraine. The ATO forces are taking measures to destroy it," he said.

Ihor Mosiychuk, the deputy commander of the Ukrainian Azov battalion, said on Facebook on Monday that the Ukrainian military are fighting the militants in the area of the town of Novoazovsk.

"An offensive on Novoazovsk and Mariupol is under way," Mosiychuk said. According to his information, the troops of the Azov battalion and the military are trying to hold the militants' offensive, but "the forces are not equal" because "the aggressor has more artillery and armored vehicles."

"There is a battle going on! We have nothing to defend Mariupol with," Mosiychuk said

Mosiychuk also said that on Monday, a convoy of about 30 tanks with the symbols of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic had crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border near Novoazovsk.