It is high time to call things by their real names. This is an invasion.
Yesterday Russian military units crossed the Ukrainian border over 100 km to the south of the current conflict zone and claimed the town of Novoazovsk and the surrounding villages as part of the separatists state of Novorossia. This action opened up a second front of sorts in the Donetsk Region, thereby diverting Ukrainian forces from the vicinity of Luhansk and Donetsk in order to halt the Russian advance. Since yesterday’s incursion by Russian forces we have seen combat between Russian and Ukrainian regular armed forces. What is happening in Eastern Ukraine is not a ‘crisis’ nor is it a ‘civil war.’ It is nothing short of an invasion of Ukraine by Russian government forces.