Daily Ukraine Crisis Updates – August 28, 2014
News | August 29, 2014
- (Interfax Ukraine) NATO's military headquarters in Europe reported that there are over 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine now.
- NATO provided what it said is evidence: satellite images showing Russian troops engaged in military operations inside Ukraine. "The images, captured in late August, depict Russian self-propelled artillery units moving in a convoy through the Ukrainian countryside and then preparing for action by establishing firing positions in the area of Krasnodon, Ukraine.”
- A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.
- (ITAR-TASS) The UN Security Council was set to hold a special session on Ukraine at 19:00 UTC on Thursday over reports on the deployment of Russian troops to Ukraine.
- (RIA Novosti) Russia’s envoy to the OSCE denied Kyiv's claims that Russia has sent troops to help militants in eastern Ukraine.
- (RIA Novosti) Claims of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine were sparked by Kyiv’s attempts to justify its military setbacks in the east and downplay the results of recent talks in Minsk, Russia’s EU envoy said.
- (Interfax Ukraine) The analytical center of the NSDC reported that the fighting near Luhansk and Ilovaisk continues, and the place of militants in Luhansk region has been taken by the Russian army.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said that reports of the appearance of Russian troops on Ukrainian territory are a sign of the beginning of a full-scale war.
- (ITAR-TASS) The army of the self-proclaimed state of Novorossiya in war-torn east Ukraine took control of Donetsk regional city of Novoazovsk and several neighboring settlements in a counteroffensive operation.
- (Interfax Ukraine) No details about the movements of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be made public, First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Hennadiy Zubko said.
- (ITAR-TASS) The director of NATO’s Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Center said that combat operations in east Ukraine will end up in a complete deadlock and the eastern militants will keep the territories under their control now.