According to BBC, NATO officials have spotted Russian military equipment and combat troops entering into Ukraine. The United Nations Security Council is convening an emergency session to discuss the reported sightings, which the Russian Defense Ministry has denied. However, pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine claim to be receiving help from Russian “volunteers.”
“We have seen columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops entering into Ukraine,” said NATO’s supreme allied commander, United States General Phillip Breedlove, according to Agence France-Presse, as quoted by USA Today.
“We’ve already stopped taking note of the unfounded statements by NATO,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, the official spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry. told reporters Wednesday, according to Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency. “We’ve stressed many a time there are no real facts behind the acts of shaking the air by Brussels officials.”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United States government, and Ukrainian authorities have issued several warnings over the past few says regarding the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying that the revels appear to be on the verge of a new offensive that that threatens communities between the Russian border and Ukraine’s Crimea region, which Russia annexed in February.