Kiev claim of Russian troops in Ukraine `nonsense`: Moscow

Russia on Tuesday denied as "absolute nonsense" the latest accusations by Kiev that Moscow had sent hundreds of troops over the border into Ukraine.

Moscow: Russia on Tuesday denied as "absolute nonsense" the latest accusations by Kiev that Moscow had sent hundreds of troops over the border into Ukraine.

"Yesterday`s accusations from Kiev of the alleged deployment of Russian army contingents across the Russian-Ukrainian border do not stand up to any criticism," defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, Russian news agencies reported.

"It is absolute nonsense," Konashenkov added, further describing the latest allegations from Ukraine as a "hallucination."

Kiev on Monday accused Russia of sending some 700 reinforcements to bolster separatist fighters battling Ukrainian forces around the rebel bastion of Donetsk.

Ukraine security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Monday that "two groups of armed forces from the Russian Federation crossed the border" into rebel-held territory.

Russia has repeatedly denied previous accusations from Kiev and its allies in the West that it has sent troops and weapons to back up the rebels despite growing evidence suggesting Moscow`s direct involvement.

The alleged participation of regular Russian troops in the conflict, where over 4,800 people have been killed since April, has been a taboo subject in Russia, with only some independent media reporting secret funerals and seeking out grieving relatives of Russian soldiers sent on assignment to Ukraine.

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