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Russia's Putin brands Ukraine army a 'NATO proxy' as fighting flares

Jan 27, 2015    

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Monday ridiculed the Ukrainian army as NATO's "foreign legion", ignoring Western pressure on the Kremlin to rein in a pro-Russian insurgency that has gone on the offensive across eastern Ukraine.Putin's comments came as an emergency meeting of the Western alliance's NATO-Ukraine Commission was called to discuss a surge in fighting that has led to a spate of civilian casualties and rapidly growing pressure on Ukraine's troubled military.Another 12 people were reported killed today, including seven Ukrainian soldiers, as Kiev accused the pro-Russian ...

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