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Ukraine: Russia Lied About Tanks

  • Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)

  • Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)

  • Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)

  • This combination of June 19, 2014 and Aug. 20, 2014 satellite images made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and tented accommodations in an area that was mostly empty two months earlier in the Rostov area of Russia near the border with eastern Ukraine. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said, "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine" He said the 1,000 Russian troops who have entered Ukraine was a conservative estimate and said another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

    This combination of June 19, 2014 and Aug. 20, 2014 satellite images made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and tented accommodations in an area that was mostly empty two months earlier in the Rostov area of Russia near the border with eastern Ukraine. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said, "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine" He said the 1,000 Russian troops who have entered Ukraine was a conservative estimate and said another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

  • This combination of June 19, 2014 and Aug. 20, 2014 satellite images made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and tented accommodations in an area that was mostly empty two months earlier in the Rostov area of Russia near the border with eastern Ukraine. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said, "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine" He said the 1,000 Russian troops who have entered Ukraine was a conservative estimate and said another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

    This combination of June 19, 2014 and Aug. 20, 2014 satellite images made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and tented accommodations in an area that was mostly empty two months earlier in the Rostov area of Russia near the border with eastern Ukraine. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said, "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine" He said the 1,000 Russian troops who have entered Ukraine was a conservative estimate and said another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)

  • This Aug. 23, 2014 satellite image made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are Russian self-propelled artillery units near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

    This Aug. 23, 2014 satellite image made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are Russian self-propelled artillery units near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

  • This Aug. 23, 2014 satellite image made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are Russian self-propelled artillery units near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

    This Aug. 23, 2014 satellite image made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are Russian self-propelled artillery units near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)

  • A school damaged by shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

    A school damaged by shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

  •  In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, first row fifth right, stands with other EU heads of state for a group photo during an EU summit in Ypres, Belgium. As chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may be the most powerful politician in the European Union, but she is more mirage than reality when it gets to the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next five years, and after years of paying lip service to more equality among the sexes, it is plain for all to see, where are the women? (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File )

    In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, first row fifth right, stands with other EU heads of state for a group photo during an EU summit in Ypres, Belgium. As chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may be the most powerful politician in the European Union, but she is more mirage than reality when it gets to the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next five years, and after years of paying lip service to more equality among the sexes, it is plain for all to see, where are the women? (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File )

  •  In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, first row fifth right, stands with other EU heads of state for a group photo during an EU summit in Ypres, Belgium. As chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may be the most powerful politician in the European Union, but she is more mirage than reality when it gets to the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next five years, and after years of paying lip service to more equality among the sexes, it is plain for all to see, where are the women? (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File )

    In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, first row fifth right, stands with other EU heads of state for a group photo during an EU summit in Ypres, Belgium. As chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may be the most powerful politician in the European Union, but she is more mirage than reality when it gets to the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next five years, and after years of paying lip service to more equality among the sexes, it is plain for all to see, where are the women? (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File )

  • Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre at SHAPE  (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) speaks during a media conference at SHAPE headquarters in Mons, Belgium on Thursday,  Aug. 28, 2014. A top NATO official said on Thursday that at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey on Thursday and called an emergency meeting of his security council. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) speaks during a media conference at SHAPE headquarters in Mons, Belgium on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. A top NATO official said on Thursday that at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey on Thursday and called an emergency meeting of his security council. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

  • Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre at SHAPE  (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) speaks during a media conference at SHAPE headquarters in Mons, Belgium on Thursday,  Aug. 28, 2014. A top NATO official said on Thursday that at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey on Thursday and called an emergency meeting of his security council. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) speaks during a media conference at SHAPE headquarters in Mons, Belgium on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. A top NATO official said on Thursday that at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey on Thursday and called an emergency meeting of his security council. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

  • President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • President Barack Obama gestures in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Barack Obama gestures in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • A school damaged by shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

    A school damaged by shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

  • Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)
  • Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)
  • Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko makes a statement, at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a "sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine," he said in the statement. (AP Photo/Mikhail Palinchak)
  • This combination of June 19, 2014 and Aug. 20, 2014 satellite images made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and tented accommodations in an area that was mostly empty two months earlier in the Rostov area of Russia near the border with eastern Ukraine. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said, "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine" He said the 1,000 Russian troops who have entered Ukraine was a conservative estimate and said another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)
  • This combination of June 19, 2014 and Aug. 20, 2014 satellite images made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and tented accommodations in an area that was mostly empty two months earlier in the Rostov area of Russia near the border with eastern Ukraine. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said, "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine" He said the 1,000 Russian troops who have entered Ukraine was a conservative estimate and said another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)
  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)
  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)
  • This Aug. 23, 2014 satellite image made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are Russian self-propelled artillery units near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)
  • This Aug. 23, 2014 satellite image made by DigitalGlobe and annotated by NATO shows what the military alliance says are Russian self-propelled artillery units near Krasnodon, Ukraine, inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, senior NATO official, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak, said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment, leaving no doubt that the Russian military had invaded southeastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/NATO, DigitalGlobe)
  • A school damaged by shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)
  •  In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, first row fifth right, stands with other EU heads of state for a group photo during an EU summit in Ypres, Belgium. As chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may be the most powerful politician in the European Union, but she is more mirage than reality when it gets to the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next five years, and after years of paying lip service to more equality among the sexes, it is plain for all to see, where are the women? (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File )
  •  In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, first row fifth right, stands with other EU heads of state for a group photo during an EU summit in Ypres, Belgium. As chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may be the most powerful politician in the European Union, but she is more mirage than reality when it gets to the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next five years, and after years of paying lip service to more equality among the sexes, it is plain for all to see, where are the women? (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File )
  • Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre at SHAPE  (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) speaks during a media conference at SHAPE headquarters in Mons, Belgium on Thursday,  Aug. 28, 2014. A top NATO official said on Thursday that at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey on Thursday and called an emergency meeting of his security council. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
  • Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre at SHAPE  (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) speaks during a media conference at SHAPE headquarters in Mons, Belgium on Thursday,  Aug. 28, 2014. A top NATO official said on Thursday that at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey on Thursday and called an emergency meeting of his security council. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
  • Ukrainian forces guard  a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
  • President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  • President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  • President Barack Obama gestures in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  • A school damaged by shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

Novoazovsk, Ukraine — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.

Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as “Russian volunteers.” The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the separatists who have been fighting Ukrainian troops for four months in the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

NATO said at least 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine and later released what it said were satellite photos of Russian self-propelled artillery units moving last week.

Two columns of tanks and other equipment entered southeastern Ukraine at midday, following heavy shelling of the area from Russia that forced overmatched Ukrainian border guards to flee, said Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council.

“Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” President Petro Poroshenko said in Kiev, canceling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council.

He urged Ukrainians to remain calm.

“Destabilization of the situation and panic — this is as much of a weapon of the enemy as tanks,” Poroshenko told the council.

President Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and both leaders agreed Russia must face consequences for its actions.

“We agree — if there was ever any doubt — that Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine,” Obama said. “The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia.”

He added that 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.”

But Obama ruled out a military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia. He said Russia’s activity in Ukraine would incur “more costs and consequences,” though these seemed to be limited to economic pressure that will be discussed when Obama meets with European leaders at a NATO summit in Wales next week.

At an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, Western representatives expressed outrage.

“Now we see irrefutable evidence of regular Russian forces operating inside Ukraine,” said British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin did not deny the Russian presence, saying “there are Russian volunteers in eastern parts of Ukraine. No one is hiding that.”

Churkin questioned the presence of Western advisers and asked where Ukrainian troops were getting weapons. He said he wanted to “send a message to Washington: Stop interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states.”

Russian stock markets fell as Switzerland joined the European Union in imposing restrictions on Russian state banks and fears grew that the U.S. and EU could impose more sanctions on Russian businesses and individuals in response to the military escalation.

The strategic southeastern town of Novoazovsk, which has come under shelling for three days, appeared to be in the control of separatists, creating a new, third front in the war. That raised fears they want to create a land link between Russia and the Crimea Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in March. The town lies along a road connecting the peninsula to Russia.

Lysenko said the missiles from Russia were fired at Ukrainian positions about 11 a.m. About 90 minutes later, two columns, including tanks and other fighting vehicles, began an attack, entering Ukraine from Veselo-Voznesenka and Maximovo in the Rostov region of Russia, he said.

A senior NATO official said the estimate of 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine was a conservative one, adding that another 20,000 Russian troops were right over the border. The troops who entered Ukraine had sophisticated equipment, he said.

“The hand from behind is becoming more and more overt now,” Brig. Gen. Nico Tak said at NATO’s military headquarters.

Russia’s ultimate aim was to stave off defeat for the separatists and turn eastern Ukraine into a “frozen conflict” that would destabilize the country indefinitely, he said.

Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told the BBC that “NATO has never produced a single piece of evidence” of Russian troops operating in Ukraine. He said the only active duty Russian soldiers in Ukraine were the 10 captured this week, who Moscow insists had mistakenly wandered across the border.

Speaking in Casteau, Belgium, Tak said that in the past two weeks, “we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine.”

“Russia is reinforcing and resupplying separatist forces in a blatant attempt to change the momentum of the fighting, which is currently favoring the Ukrainian military,” he added.

NATO also produced satellite images to provide what it called additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory. The grainy images of the terrain near Krasnodon, Ukraine, showed what appeared to be a convoy of military units with artillery, and NATO said it had “confidence the equipment is Russian.”

“This is highly sophisticated weaponry that requires well-trained crews, well-trained command and control elements, and it is extremely unlikely that this sort of equipment is used by volunteers,” Tak said.

He said the satellite images were only “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the overall scope of Russian troop and weapons movements.

Asked about the NATO images, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement to Russian news agencies that “to comment on this seriously just makes no sense.”

Southeastern Ukraine had previously escaped the fighting that has engulfed areas to the north, and the only way rebels could have reached the southeast was by coming through Russia.

If separatists create a land corridor from Russia to Crimea, it could give them or Russia control over the entire Sea of Azov and the gas and mineral riches that energy experts believe it contains. Ukraine already lost roughly half its coastline, several major ports and significant Black Sea mineral rights in Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

In Mariupol, a city of 450,000 people about 20 miles west of Novoazovsk, a brigade of Ukrainian forces arrived at the airport Wednesday, while deep trenches were dug a day earlier on the city’s edge.

National guard spokesman Ruslan Muzychuk told Associated Press reporters in the city that the government has evidence large amounts of weapons have been brought into Novoazovsk from Russia.

He added that national guard reinforcements were taking up positions in Mariupol.

“The positions are being strengthened,” the spokesman said. “The road from Novoazovsk to Mariupol is under the control of Ukrainian troops.”

AP journalists on the border have seen the rebels with a wide range of unmarked military equipment — including tanks, Buk missile launchers and armored personnel carriers — and have encountered many Russians among the rebel fighters.