KIEV, UKRAINE – Russia is moving in to Ukraine that is.
After months of tension and violence between the two nations, NATO is confirming for the first time that Russian forces are infiltrating Ukraine’s borders, without permission from the Ukrainian government.
A convoy of Russian trucks entered Ukraine filled with humanitarian provisions. This might not sound like a bad thing, but Ukrainian authorities have been clear: Stay outta here, Putin!
NATO is condemning the move, saying “It can only deepen the crisis in the region.”
Pentagon officials are also vocal about their disapproval.
“Russia should not send vehicles, persons or cargo of any kind into Ukraine, whether under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext, without Kiev’s permission,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.
NATO reports Russian artillery units are firing on Ukrainian forces, both across the border and from inside Ukraine.
This marks a major escalation in the deadly conflict.
Russian authorities might claim humanitarian intentions, but gunshots don’t exactly say, “We come in peace!”