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Ukraine premier talks tough on conflict with Moscow, says country "still in a state of war"

  • A Ukrainian army helicopter flies over their positions in Debaltsevo, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The cease-fire between the separatists and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine has largely held. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    A Ukrainian army helicopter flies over their positions in Debaltsevo, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The cease-fire between the separatists and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine has largely held. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian trucks with Russian flags, intended to carry humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine are stationed ready for another possible trip near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has largely held. (AP Photo)

    Russian trucks with Russian flags, intended to carry humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine are stationed ready for another possible trip near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has largely held. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian trucks, carrying humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine, are driven to a border check point in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, early Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.  The second convoy of Russian trucks that entered rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine earlier Saturday, is reportedly filled with almost 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid. (AP Photo)

    Russian trucks, carrying humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine, are driven to a border check point in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, early Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. The second convoy of Russian trucks that entered rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine earlier Saturday, is reportedly filled with almost 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Ukraine's prime minister says his country is "still in a state of war" with neighboring Russia despite a cease-fire between the government forces and Moscow-backed rebels in the east.

During a Saturday conference with politicians and business leaders in Kiev, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russian President Vladimir Putin "wants to restore the Soviet Union" and destroy Ukraine.

The statement came as a Russian convoy of trucks filled with humanitarian aid crossed the border into war-torn east Ukraine.

Rayan Farukshin, a spokesman for Russian customs, told the Associated Press by phone that the last truck crossed onto Ukrainian soil early Saturday. He could not confirm the number of trucks, but news agency ITAR TASS reported that there were about 200.