Poland: Russian Army Operating in Ukraine

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WARSAW--Western intelligence agencies have evidence that the Russian army is directly operating in eastern Ukraine, Poland's prime minister said on Wednesday.

"Nobody can seriously accept talk of "separatists" in Ukraine anymore," Donald Tusk told parliament, adding that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has over the past day gathered "very solid confirmation" that the Russia military has entered Ukraine.

"The information is from NATO and confirmed by our intelligence, and is basically unambiguous," he said.

Ahead of the upcoming NATO summit in September, Mr. Tusk said that Poland will seek a gradual increase of NATO forces in the country because of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.

"The more Poland is anchored in NATO structures, the safer it is, faced with the conflict in Ukraine," he said. "Step by step, we're managing to convince our partners to increase [NATO's] presence."

A former Warsaw Pact member, Poland joined NATO in 1999.

Russia reacted angrily at plans for deployment of elements of the U.S. missile shield in Poland, saying such facilities placed not far from its borders would change the strategic balance of forces between NATO and Russia.

Write to Marcin Sobczyk at marcin.sobczyk@wsj.com

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