Ukrainian Sergeant: ‘This Is Now A War With Russia’

Ukraine Soldiers - Photo by Graham William Phillips

Ukraine and Western officials on Wednesday warned that Russian forces are opening up another, major front in the war, according to The New York Times.

“This is what happened: they crossed the border, took up positions, and started shooting,” Sgt. Aleksei Panko said after telling The Times that about 60 armored vehicles crossed the border near the town of Novoazovsk. “This is now a war with Russia.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that Russia’s “incursions” in Ukraine “indicate a Russian-directed counter-offensive is likely underway” in Luhansk and Donetsk, which she said was of “deep concern” to the U.S.

She accused Russia of “sending its young men into Ukraine, but not telling them or their parents where they are going or what they are doing.”

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