Ukraine Says It Has Been Battling Russian Tanks In Lugansk

Reports of fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian armed forces come ahead of a key meeting about the crisis in east Ukraine.

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.

#BREAKING Kiev says Ukrainian troops are battling a Russian tank division in the eastern city of Lugansk

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#BREAKING Kiev says Ukrainian troops are battling a Russian tank division in the eastern city of Lugansk

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The information that Russian troops are there has been confirmed. We are fighting Russia and it is Russia which is deciding what will happen in Donbass. We are holding talks not with terrorists but with representatives of the Kremlin.

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.