by Seamus Kelleher
Member, Group for Tomorrow’s Ukraine
The U.S. State Department has released satellite images backing up Washington’s assertion that Russian forces have been firing rockets into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists, a claim that Kyiv has been making loudly over the last couple weeks.
They images directly contradict Moscow’s repeated claim that the conflict in eastern Ukraine is simply an “internal conflict.”
Image released by the U.S. State Department showing what it says is evidence of Russia firing artillery into eastern Ukraine.
The four-page document, titled Evidence of Russian Shelling into Ukraine, was released on 7/27. It shows blast marks from rocket launches within Russia’s borders, as well as corresponding craters in Ukraine, the State Department says.
The doc also reveals that there are “self-propelled artillery only found in Russian military units, on the Russian side of the border, oriented in the direction of a Ukrainian military unit within Ukraine” and that “Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery, provided by Russia, in attacks on Ukrainian forces from inside Ukraine.”
The images in the document are thanks to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. They were taken between July 21 and July 26, according to officials.