Russia aid convoy 'disgraceful': PM

Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drive onto the territory of a...

Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drive onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point "Donetsk", as a woman waits for her son who has fled from fighting in eastern regions of Ukraine and is expected to cross the border, in Russia's Rostov Region, August 22, 2014. Ukraine declared on Friday that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Jessica Murphy, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 7:10 PM ET

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is slamming Russia for sending what it claimed is a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine, calling it "disgraceful" and a "military incursion."

Harper, speaking Friday in the Northwest Territories, joined the United States and other Western allies in calling on Russia to withdraw all military assets and personnel from Ukraine.

Harper also said the sanctions imposed on Russia by the international community "have had a significant impact."

"It's all the more reason why we need to keep pressure and limit that aggression and reserve the right to take even greater actions if necessary," Harper said.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Russia is flouting its international obligations.

Kiev called the convoy "a direct invasion."


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