[ View the story "Ukrainians to the world: #RussiaInvadedUkraine" on Storify] Ukrainians to the world: #RussiaInvadedUkraine Many in Ukraine appeal for international assistance as Russia denies reports of invasion.
The Stream· Thu, Aug 28 2014 17:50:31
A NATO military officer
reporters that "well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine...They are supporting separatists (and) fighting with them." The US mission to NATO also tweeted satellite images of what it said were Russian forces engaged in operations inside Ukraine:
Many online expressed concern over the reports of an invasion:
Russia go home! We need our lifes!
Help my country #russiainvadedukraineКостя Кобрыня
It's the end of the world as we know it. I feel like crap, actually. #UkraineUnderAttackNatalia Antonova
Some, however, supported Russia and disputed the invasion reports:
@ChrisJohnMilly you have a wrong information Chris.Russia hasn't invaded. Our solders stay on the russian border to protect the border zone.Anastasia
@obk @MFA_Ukraine if the Russian flag isn't flying over Kiev, then I'n sorry, but Russia hasn't invaded Ukraine yet.George Wilson
#Disinformation #War: one wonders how on #Earth, with all the spying tech, NOBODY can post a single proof of #Russia's #invasion in #UkraineJeremy Burns
Others, including Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk,
for international assistance:
We urge the EU and the USA to frozen all Russian assets until Russia pulls back its forces #RussiainvadedUkraine #UkraineUnderAttackArseniy Yatsenyuk
#UN SC has to act NOW to ensure that international law prevails and the invasion of Ukraine is stopped immediately. | #RussiaInvadedUkraineLinas Linkevicius
How many cities need to be taken by Russian militaries until we see the reaction of the EU/US? #UkraineUnderAttack #RussiainvadedUkraineMarie M.
Where is @NATO?? Where is the @UN???
Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Kiev, tweeted:
1/3 Russian supplied tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and multiple rocket launchers have been insufficient to defeat Ukraine' armed forcesGeoffrey Pyatt
2/3 So now an increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territoryGeoffrey Pyatt
3/3 Russia has also sent its newest air defense systems including the SA-22 into eastern Ukraine & is now directly involved in the fighting.Geoffrey Pyatt
Earlier this week, 11 Russian soldiers were
inside Ukraine. Russian officials said they had probably crossed the border by accident. On Wednesday, the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO tweeted a "guide for Russian soldiers who keep..'accidentally' entering #Ukraine."
Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine