WASHINGTON, August 29 (RIA Novosti) — The United States does not plan military action to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and is not seeking military confrontation with Russia, US President Barack Obama said.
"We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem… I think it is very important to recognize that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," Obama said.
Kiev authorities launched a special military operation in mid-April against independence supporters in the southeast of Ukraine, who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the country’s coup-imposed government. Since the beginning of the military conflict, Kiev has been accusing Russia of sending troops and weaponry to independence supporters in the region.
On Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russian troops had entered Ukraine and NATO released images that claimed to show Russian artillery on the Ukrainian territory. Russia denied the allegations as any previous accusations of the involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. Moscow has repeatedly urged Kiev to stop the bloodshed and establish a direct dialogue with representatives of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
According to the United Nations, more than 2,000 people have died as a result of the confrontation, and over 4,950 people have sustained injuries in the fighting.