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Russian soldiers are pictured next to tanks in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov region, near the border with Ukraine, August 23, 2014
Russia has denied NATO claims that its army has crossed into eastern Ukraine in the past few days, calling them groundless, the Defense Ministry said.

"We have stopped paying attention to the groundless accusations made by NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, of the 'observed' Russian military columns allegedly invading Ukraine," said Defense Ministry official representative, General-Major Igor Konashenkov on Wednesday.


Comment: What else can you do but ignore such psychopathic lying? Put yourself in Russia's position. It's not easy being attacked with a "big lie", repeated over and over, even when said lie cannot be confirmed, and witnesses on the ground see exactly the opposite...


He gave a reminder of earlier and similar NATO claims, which have not been backed by any evidence.


Comment: And yet how many more times will it take before the world starts acknowledging that NATO is crying wolf... that there is no wolf.


"[We have] repeatedly stressed that there was and is no evidence supporting Brussels' regular trumpeting over the alleged presence of Russian forces in Ukraine," Konashenkov said.

NATO: 'Russian troops in Ukraine - but we have no good picture'

Earlier on Wednesday, General Breedlove declared that NATO had "seen" the Russian army crossing the Ukraine border.


Comment: Yep, you've got that right. They were "seen" with NATO's "eyes" (scare quotes fully intentional). Translated from psycho-speak, that means nothing of the sort was seen by anything at all. They made it up.


"Across the last two days we have seen the same thing that OSCE is reporting. We have seen columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops entering into Ukraine," Breedlove told journalists in Sofia.

Although he added that NATO does not "have a good picture at this time of how many. We agree that there are multiple columns that we have seen."


Comment: Russia may very well be funneling supplies to the NAF. They absolutely should be doing so. But even then, show us the evidence! Military supplies do not make an invasion.


NATO has previously made numerous statements of the kind, but failed to provide any concrete evidence.

In one such case in August, after Kiev accused Moscow of alleged invasion, NATO made satellite images public, saying that were "proof" that Russian artillery was on Ukrainian territory. The images also allegedly showed about 1,000 Russian troops taking part in special operations in eastern Ukraine. The images were provided by a commercial company, DigitalGlobe, operating civilian satellites.

At that time, Konashenkov ridiculed the so-called NATO proof, adding that this time NATO officials were even hesitant to put their names on it.

"You know, it has become ridiculous... If earlier, someone would at least put their names on those images, be it Breedlove, [NATO former Secretary General Anders Fogh] Rasmussen, or even [NATO spokeswoman Oana] Lungescu, now, they are hesitant," Konashenkov said then, as cited by RIA Novosti. "It makes no sense to comment seriously on this."

Martin McCauley, author and Russian analyst from the University of London, noted that Russia is entitled to do what it likes inside its borders.

"There have always been military units [on Russian territory near the Ukrainian border]. They always engage in exercise," McCauley told RT. "But of course if you are on the Ukrainian side, you see all the military exercises across the border in Russia, you put two and two together and perhaps get five and say: 'Ah, they are preparing to attack us.'"