NATO Claims Satellite Images Show Russian Units in Ukraine

October 14, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

NATO officials on Thursday released satellite images they claim show mobile Russian artillery units and supporting vehicles “engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine.”

The newly presented evidence comes as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko declared from Kiev on Thursday that “Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine.”

According to the Guardian:

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In a statement about the satellite images—which were “captured in late August”—NATO claimed they “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.” The images were provided by Digital Global, an independent U.S.-based satellite imaging firm, to whom NATO referred those interested in verifying the images. NATO said they did not alter or change the images in any way.

“Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine,” said Brigadier General Tak, a senior NATO commander. “The satellite images released today provide additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory.”

The Washington Post offered this detailed explanation of the images.

Officials in Russia denied the recent and repeated accusations that its soldiers are operating in Ukraine. According to Agence France-Presse: