US officials have released images which allegedly show Russia firing on Ukraine. Proof of Russian interference in the armed conflict would bolster previous allegations that Moscow has been aiding separatist rebels.
The US State Department published satellite images on Sunday which it said prove that the Russian military has been firing rockets into Ukraine over the period of several days. The release of photos followeda recent Pentagon warning of cross border fire
Early reports indicated that a total of four pictures were released. They allegedly depicted an area close to the two countries' shared border.
According to the US officials, Russia has fired rockets more than 7 miles (11 kilometers) into Ukrainian territory.
The images released on Sunday reportedly show Russian batteries located within its own territory and impact craters across the border in eastern Ukraine.
In recent months, the US, EU and the Ukrainian government have voiced concerns overa stark increase in Russian troops
close to the Ukrainian border, which they fear could herald a ground offensive similar to Russia's take over of Crimea earlier this year.
Western leaders have also accused Moscow of supplying separatists in eastern Ukraine with weaponry. They believe not only that the rebel groups have used Russian arms to takeover several cities, but also that Russian support led to the downing ofpassenger flight MH17
less than two weeks ago.
While international observers continue to investigate the circumstances behind the airline disaster, US and Ukrainian officials have said that separatistslikely shot down the commercial airliner by mistake
kms/dr (AP, AFP)