U.S. Says Photos Show Russian Involvement in Ukraine

Posted July 28, 2014 at 8:30am

The Wall St. Journal reports that “the Obama administration released photographic evidence on Sunday it says shows Russian forces fired rockets across the border into eastern Ukraine and that Moscow-backed separatists used heavy weaponry sourced from Russia inside Ukraine.”  

“The evidence bolsters the administration’s assertions Thursday that the conflict has taken an ominous turn with direct Russian military involvement. Its release comes as administration officials say they expect European leaders to adopt stringent new economic sanctions against Moscow, based partly on the evidence showing that Russian support for separatists has only increased since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down earlier this month.”  

“The U.S. says one of the images from the Director of National Intelligence that was released by the State Department, an aerial shot taken over the weekend and depicting magnified impact craters and blast marks, shows Russians fired “multiple rocket launchers into Ukraine.”