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    US: Images Prove Russia Fired Rockets into Ukraine

    A U.S. government satellite image alleges firing of rockets from Russian onto Ukrainian territory.A U.S. government satellite image alleges firing of rockets from Russian onto Ukrainian territory.
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    A U.S. government satellite image alleges firing of rockets from Russian onto Ukrainian territory.
    A U.S. government satellite image alleges firing of rockets from Russian onto Ukrainian territory.
    VOA News

    United States officials have released satellite images (see below) they say show that Russia has fired rockets against Ukrainian forces in the last week, in support of separatist rebels.

    The images, which were prepared by the Director of National Intelligence and forwarded to reporters by the State Department, show what the U.S. government says are multiple rocket launchers and self-propelled howitzers on Russian territory.

    Others images show impact craters near military positions on the Ukrainian side of the border and what Washington says is Russian-supplied heavy weaponry being fired by separatists from within Ukraine between July 21 and July 26.

    The images released Sunday support statements by a White House spokesman last week that the U.S. had "detected" rockets fired from Russia into Ukraine.

    A leading Russian lawmaker has reportedly disputed the U.S. claim.

    The US “is lying [about] self-evident things,” said deputy chairman of the State Duma’s defense committee, Franz Klintsevich, according to RIA Novosti. He added that satellite imagery is not enough to prove that Russia is engaging in cross-border military operations. It requires data from other systems as well, said he but did not elaborate.  

    International scrutiny of the Russian role in Ukraine's violent separatist unrest increased after a Malaysian airliner was shot down in eastern Ukraine earlier this month, allegedly by Russia-backed rebels.

    Moscow denies it is directly intervening in the Ukrainian conflict or has any role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people aboard.

    The satellite images as tweeted by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt:

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    by: Anonymous
    July 28, 2014 9:02 PM
    It's time for all Ukrainians to realize this is a war against Russia, and if they don't want to part of the Soviet Union, subject to the whims of the KGB again they better wake up and get fighting. I'm betting a whole lot of idealistic separatist's (who found themselves and replaced by Russian Mercs and demoted to foot soldier ) didn't sign on to be Russian cannon fodder in their war of expansion to retake the Ukraine, for the second time (or is it the third time?). I loose track of how many times Russia had kicked the Ukrainians in the teeth since Stalin first starved to death and deported 9 million Ukrainians (mostly in SE Ukraine) so he could replace them with Russians.
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    by: Dominic from: arkansas
    July 28, 2014 11:01 PM
    You fool, this war was started when your government backed the violent over throwing of a democratically elected government ( to the tone of $5billion) Then when the East wanted to vote themselves off this terrorist island, the Kiev government called it "unconstitutional" and began bombing. Turn off your tv #DefundAmerica .... fyi could you imagine a group trying to overtake the white house cause of Obamas failed policies, do you remember the occupy movement; they didn't have any weapons, yet your police where militarized as if they were fighting in Baghdad somewhere.
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    by: chester from: canada
    July 28, 2014 10:09 PM
    So you don't like Russia. Does this mean that it's OK to make up scenarios to blame them for what may have been some thing done by some other entity. Russia is not my favorite country in the world but the truth is the truth, propaganda is just that and if the US will not provide the proof then maybe there isn't any.

    by: chester from: canada
    July 28, 2014 2:10 PM
    The images provided are proof of nothing. Why not provide the world with the sattelite imagry? may6be its because it won't fit the script being provided to the world. You must hate the internet because we can get facts hidden by one side or the other and I'm afraid that for you and your propagandist me3dia the gig will soon be up. Let me know when you have some proof and i'll appologize but for now I consider this just bulls##t!
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    by: DellStator from: US
    July 28, 2014 8:58 PM
    The sat pics are from a private co, anyone can buy them to verify them, they are not US gov't sats, US gov sats would give you the license plate nos on the vehicles. The positions of launch vehicles, burned out exhaust areas, and corresponding areas of shelling and bombing are clear enough for an 8 yr old to connect the dots.

    by: Jason from: Seattle
    July 28, 2014 12:18 PM
    Flashback to 1988 when the US shot down a civilian passenger plane, killing all 290 aboard.

    by: Irina from: Rus
    July 28, 2014 8:48 AM
    Why are you sure that Russia is the evil?!? The fact is that you do know nothing all the truth about what is happening in the South-East of Ukraine. The truth is that Kiev and Washington kill civilians!!!!But what for????You don`t imagine how awful and bloody this war is, do you?

    by: TUAN QUOC from: Viet Nam
    July 28, 2014 3:50 AM
    The images tell nothing. Why they are not given out in US State Department briefing so that everyone can question about them or ask for more details, the way Russia did after the Malaysian plane accident? Most of us are not fools so your lies are useless.
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    by: chester from: canada
    July 28, 2014 2:14 PM
    Hey Tuan; Dont take the insult from this brainwashed idiot too seriously, he can't help it after being indocrinated for so long in the politically correct view of the world according to U.S. policy!
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    by: Gene from: USA
    July 28, 2014 8:13 AM
    A fool is someone who would believe that these so-called Russian separatists keep tanks, artillery, rocket launchers in their garage without any help from Russian.

    by: Michael from: S-Pb
    July 28, 2014 3:24 AM
    Russia has repeatedly invited the OSCE observers to the border with Ukraine, why do not they go? Why the United States and Britain against their arrival at the border? Maybe that is why the observer oblichat them of lying against Russia?

    by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Nigeria
    July 28, 2014 2:21 AM
    Its high time the US stop telling the free world what we already know, we know Putin and his Russia are guilty of all charges against Ukraine and start making concrete plans on how to assist Ukraine militarily because its obvious Russia will escalate all this to a clear confrontation, let's hope the US will not evacuate its embassy and its citizens when this going get turf.

    by: Giovanni from: Italy
    July 28, 2014 1:27 AM
    The West should create conditions inside Russia when ordinary people go out to the streets chanting"Putin resign!"
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    by: Pro-K from: Earth-CA
    July 28, 2014 9:25 AM
    Russian politician Dmitry Rogozin on the Youtube video said that the professionally trained Russian military oficcers are fighting among the pro-Russian separatists, so we are successful in Ukraine, ie annexation of the Crimea and resistance to Ukrainian Army. I think Ukraine needs military support from NATO and USA.

    by: Tuan from: VN
    July 28, 2014 12:32 AM
    Russian has the gut to do it. But they have no gut to admit it.
    Russian do not want to lose Ukraine to the West and they will do anything possible to keep Ukraine even shooting down Malaysia Air Line. A monkey on the street can see it and don't need CIA to figure that out.

    by: Igor from: Russia
    July 27, 2014 9:29 PM
    The images themselves shows nothing as evidence. Why such satelite images cannot be released when the White House spokeswoman accused Russia of shelling Ukrainian troop positions. The answer is simple: The Pentagon had to spend a lot of time to fabricate the images because they did not exist when the spokewoman spoke about the imaginary shelling. Lies again!
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    July 27, 2014 10:46 PM
    HOLLYWOOD.... makes the US movies, and still photo images for the Pentagon, and who on earth makes better movies and still photos than Hollywood, where they can make Godzilla look real while destroying New York City, or even Moscow Russia..... (beware Igor, Godzilla may be coming your way?).

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