The Ukrainian government said its troops have been battling a contingent of Russian tanks outside the eastern city of Lugansk this morning, Agence France-Presse reported.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted there would be "no military intervention" from Russia in Ukraine, the BBC reported.
In an interview with Russian state television last night, Putin appeared to call on Kiev to enter discussions on "statehood" for Ukraine's southeastern regions, The Guardian reported.
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