|Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko|
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Russian regular troops and columns of military technique crossed Ukrainian border and entered Ukraine openly on August 27, capturing Southern Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk and several other cities in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo region. The cities remain under control of Russian soldiers and Russian backed terrorists of the so called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
The fact of Russian open military aggression against Ukraine and military invasion was confirmed not only by Ukrainian military, but also by NATO and US State Department, publishing the satellite images clearly showing Russian military troops and technique crossing Ukrainian borders and moving through the territory of Ukraine.
Such an outrageous and unbelievable act of Russian aggression provoked a strong reaction all over the world, as UN Security Council and OSCE have held urgent meetings regarding this issue, while US President Barak Obama has declared in his speech addressed for the US citizens that Russia is responsible for the violence in Ukraine and deterioration of the situation in Donbas region.
After the phone conversation with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel US President Barak Obama stated: “Russia is responsible for the violence in Eastern Ukraine. The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia. They are armed by Russia. They are funded by Russia”. Thus, US President accused Russia of orchestrating violence in Eastern Ukraine and its unwillingness to deescalate the situation.
|NATO presented satellite images showing Russian troops|
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“Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” added Mr. Obama. As Russia demonstrates its unwillingness to resolve the problem peacefully and makes everything for the escalation of the conflict, US and the international community will work on the new and tough measures to make Russia pay a high cost for its actions, according to the US President.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in his turn has addressed the nation on 28 August declaring that Russia invaded Ukraine openly and that the country will do everything possible in order to protect its citizens, territory and sovereignty and that Ukraine will seek support of NATO and international community. Mr. Poroshenko has cancelled his trip to Turkey, where he was expected to attend the inauguration ceremony of the recently elected Turkish President, and has called for an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council regarding the current situation in the country and Russian open military aggression.
National Security and Defense Council has confirmed the fact of Russian military invasion of Ukraine and stated that Russian forces and the terrorists have started their counteroffensive, probably attempting to create a land link between the occupied Crimea and the mainland Ukraine. Thus, the situation remains tense, and thousands of Ukrainian soldiers are currently surrounded by the Russian and terrorist forces.
UN Security Council has held an urgent meeting regarding the deterioration of the situation in Ukraine and Russian military aggression. The meeting was held on the request of Lithuania, which officials called the Russian actions an open war against Ukraine, the same as other Baltic countries and Poland as well.
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United Kingdom representative in UN Security Council has accused Russia of violation of the international law and of violation of Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty and stressed that Russia should stop manipulating the facts.
US representative Samantha Power in her turn was tough and voiced sharp criticism of Russia, declaring that US Stated Department and NATO have the satellite images proving Russian military presence in Ukraine. Samantha Power accused Russia in the constant manipulation of facts and spreading lies and stated that “We should not listen to the Russia’s words but rather look at its actions”.
Russia has issued resolution regarding the situation in Ukraine, but it was rejected by the members of the UN Security Council.
NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has stated during the Nato-Ukraine Commission meeting held on 29 August that Russian military forces openly participate in the military conflict happening in Eastern Ukraine. NATO calls on Russia to respect the international rules and law and its duties towards the world and to stop supporting the terrorists in Eastern Ukraine with people and weapons, said Mr. Rasmussen. NATO totally supports Ukraine and is planning to deepen its cooperation with Ukraine in the future.
Meanwhile Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has declared on August 29 that Ukraine should end its non-bloc status and that it should consider the option of joining NATO in the future.
US State Department is also ready to support Ukraine, according to the statements of the President Obama. Though neither US nor NATO will support Ukraine militarily at the current stage, but everything possible will be made in order to resolve this crisis diplomatically. IN addition to that US will work on the new package of the sanctions against Russia in case Russia will continue its policies in Ukraine.
EU in its turn will also discuss the possibility of imposing the new package of sanctions against Russia during its Summit to be held on 30 August, stated German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who strongly condemned the actions of Russia and demanded Putin to explain Russian military presence on the territory of Ukraine.
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Meanwhile, as Russia continued to deny its involvement in the war in Eastern Ukraine, the satellite pictures prove the opposite. In addition to that Ukrainian military has recently captured several Russian paratroopers who declared that they were sent to fight in Eastern Ukraine and that they are regular soldiers of Russian military. The “officials” of the so called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have also approved that there are nearly 3 000 - 4 000 Russian regular soldiers fighting with the separatists against Ukrainian military.
In addition to that, Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the terrorists and separatists and his soldiers in Eastern Ukraine today to create a corridor for those Ukrainian soldiers who appeared to be surrounded. This statement actually became a de facto a confirmation of Russian direct involvement in the Eastern Ukrainian war.
Meanwhile, the situation in the zone of an anti-terrorist operation remains tense, as Ukrainian soldiers are in a very difficult position. Ukrainian officials in their turn declare that Ukraine is ready to finally close the border with Russia.