U.S. military officials say Russian troops on Ukraine border: The ‘noose’ is tightening

The U.N. Security Council is weighing new sanctions against Russia after a Russian military convoy crossed the Ukrainian border on Thursday, U.K. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said in a statement.

The convoy, carrying dozens of military personnel and equipment, crossed the border between Russia and Ukraine in the eastern Russian region of Volgograd at about 4:45 p.m. local time, and then returned to Russia, Grant said.

A U.R. 2.1-tonne (11 metric tons) truck carrying Russian military equipment and ammunition was later seized and detained in the border region of Rostov-on-Don, the U.k.

Ambassador said.

The United States is the only member of the Security Council to have publicly condemned Russia for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Grant added.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said the move was intended to destabilize Ukraine, but he didn’t specify which member of that body.

Grant said Russia would use all the tools at its disposal to further escalate the conflict in Ukraine.

Russia has long been accused of using troops on Ukrainian territory, including on the border with Russia, to support pro-Russian separatist groups in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in December that Russia has been using the border as a base to conduct operations.