Ukrainian artillery destroyed a “significant” part of a Russian armored column that crossed into Ukraine during the night, President Petro Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, according to Ukraine’s presidential website.
Separately, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Ukrainian forces had tracked the Russian armored column as soon as it crossed onto Ukrainian soil. The announcement rattled global markets.
“Appropriate actions were undertaken and a part of it no longer exists,” military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told journalists.
Poroshenko’s website said he and Cameron had discussed the situation by telephone following British news reports that a Russian armored column had entered Ukrainian territory.
“The president said that this information was reliable and confirmed because a significant part of this equipment had been destroyed in the night by Ukrainian artillery,” it said.