Russia fighting "aggressive war" against Ukraine

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Petro Poroshenko. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Russia has been accused by the President of Ukraine of fighting an "aggressive war" against his country.

The UN has said that around 8,000 people have been killed in the eastern European country as a result of a conflict between government forces and rebels.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine began in April of last year.

Ukraine has said there is clear evidence that rebels have been supported by the Russian military, an accusation that the Russian government denies.

But, speaking in the UN General Assembly (on Tuesday), the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russia had been misleading the international community about its actions in the east of his country.

"Despite the fact that until now Russian has refused to admit its direct military invasion, today there is no doubt that this is an aggressive war against my country, against Ukraine. To mislead the world community, the Russian leadership orders to take off the insignias of its military servicemen and the identification marks of its military equipment."

An agreement was brokered last February to establish a ceasefire, the so-called Minsk agreements.

Fighting has, however, continued.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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