(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Putin advisor says Russia invaded Ukraine
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:05
(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Ukrainian official says Russian forces have seized the eastern city of Novoazovsk even as Moscow remained silent on whether its forces had crossed the border. Deborah Gembara reports.
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In the contested Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the evidence of yet more heavy shelling is everywhere.
The casualties in this latest round of violence, at least 15 civilians, their bodies scattered indiscriminately.
The attack in the rebel held city took place as evidence mounted, of a Russian military incursion into Ukraine.
This tank, says Kiev, belongs to Russia. Officials say it was spotted near the eastern town of Novoazovsk.
NATO Brigadier General Nico Tak says more than 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine
Brigadier General Nico Tak saying:
"This latest imagery provides concrete examples of Russian activity inside Ukraine but they are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the overall scope of Russian troop and weapons movements."
Kiev's ambassador to the OSCE Ihor Prokopchuk went a step further.
SOUNDBITE: Ukraine's Ambassador To Osce, Ihor Prokopchuk saying:
"The Russian regular forces, the units of the Russian regular forces, entered and seized to control the city of Novoazovsk and also a number of other villages around this city."
While Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen here with his South African counterpart, isn't saying whether Russian forces have or haven't invaded Ukraine, his own human rights advisor Ella Polyakova didn't mince words.
SOUNDBITE: Ella Polyakova saying:
"This is an invasion; this is being done by the military. This is a frightening invasion (breach) of human rights and the lives of Russian citizens. This is an invasion."
The multiple accounts and images suggesting a Russian incursion come as Kiev continues its struggle to beat back rebel advances within its borders over the past two weeks. Now, they are preparing for advances from outside as well.
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