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Russians fighting alongside rebels in Ukraine, NATO says

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NATO says satellite photos show Russian forces moving inside Ukraine. (Source: CBS) NATO says satellite photos show Russian forces moving inside Ukraine. (Source: CBS)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) - Satellite photos show convoys of Russian artillery on the move inside Ukraine. This is not equipment simply supplied to the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, NATO says, this is a Russian combat unit which has crossed the border and is operating on Ukrainian soil.

President Barack Obama stopped short of calling it an invasion, labeling it an incursion instead.

"Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see," Obama said on Thursday.

Russian soldiers were captured 15 miles inside Ukrainian territory.

"An increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory," the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said on his Twitter account,

And at an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, American representative Samatha Power made accusations of the kind that used to be leveled during the Cold War.

"Russia has come before this council to say everything except the truth. It has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied," she said.

Over the last 48 hours Russia has opened another front in southeastern Ukraine where columns of Russian vehicles supported by artillery fire are advancing down the coast and have so far taken two cities.

Again, these are not vehicles supplied to the rebels, an American officer says, "they're flat out Russian forces."

The president ruled out taking any military action to counter the Russian incursion and said the West would probably impose additional economic sanctions against Russia.

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