Claim: Russian armored columns capture key Ukrainian town

Ukrainian officials said earlier that Ukrainian troops were battling combined Russian and separatist forces
Claim: Russian armored columns capture key Ukrainian town

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by Annie Gowen and Karoun Demirjian | Washington Post | August 28, 2014


Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko.

“Our border servicemen and guardsmen retreated as they did not have heavy equipment,” Lysenko said in a statement.

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