Artillery units being operated by Russian soldiers have crossed into Ukraine and are firing on Ukrainian forces, NATO said Friday, in an apparent escalation of the ongoing conflict along the border.
Russia has long been accused by the West of lending support, including in the form of arms and sometimes clandestine personnel, to pro-Russian separatists in the eastern half of the country, but this marks the first time Western powers have accused Moscow of directly invading Ukrainian territory with Russian military units and personnel. A NATO spokeswoman said the military alliance has received multiple of Russian forces being directly involved in recent days, the New York Timesreports, “including Russian airborne, air defense and special operations.”
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in a statement from Brussels, said the group has “also seen transfers of large quantities of advanced weapons, including tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and artillery to…
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