Updated August. 30, 2014 06:15
Heavily armed with tanks and armored vehicles, some 1,000 Russian Military soldiers crossed the border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels in east-southern Ukraine and the situation is not favorable to Ukraine government forces. Ukraine`s National Security and Defense Council said that Russian army entered the Ukraine land in large scale and seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk on Thursday. Following that, Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, which are adjacent to Novoazovsk, now fell under control of Russia and pro-Russian rebels, said the council.
Pro-Russian rebels backed by Russia still continue combats against the Ukraine government forces to seize a port city Mariupol, 30 kilometers away from Novoazovsk. Mariupol is located at the strategic pathway to the Crimea, which Russia annexed.
CNN reported on Friday that a high-level official in the Ukraine government forces defined the Russias intervention as a full-scale intrusion. On the same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed to public sentiment by issuing a statement to pro-Russian rebels calling on them to provide a humanitarian corridor in east Ukraine for encircled Ukrainian government troops to leave the battlefield. This is to avoid meaningless sacrifice and let them meet their families. The Russian government officially denies the Ukraine governments announcement of Russian military forces invasion to Ukraine.
After having a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama warned the prospect of fresh punishment sanctions against Moscow. President Obama said, "Deep Russian involvement in southern Ukraine was confirmed through new satellite images, and continued to warn This ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia."
Nico Tak, Brig. Gen. of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said 1,000 Russian troops are in operation in Ukraine and released satellite photos of border regions in the Rostov state, southern Russia. In the photos provided as evidence, the region was full of Russian tanks, armored vehicles and tents. British intelligence agency also made public the satellite pictures on the movement of Russian troops.
The U.S and Russia made a collision during the UN Security Council. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power lashed out at Russia. In her remarks, Power said, Even though Russia claimed it is not involved in this crisis, they have outright lied. Against this, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin counter-argued, There is no Russian troop in Ukraine. Rather, the Western countries provide weapons to Ukraine and support them.