US Says Russia Sent Tanks Into Ukraine Rocket launchers, too By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jun 13, 2014 4:32 PM CDT 35 comments Comments This is a file photo of a Ukrainian tank in Slovyansk. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (Newser) – Russia keeps talking a good game about de-escalating the violence in Ukraine, but the US today says it has three hulking pieces of evidence that the talk isn't translating into reality. The State Department has concluded that three T-64 tanks spotted yesterday crossing over the Ukraine border were indeed sent by Russia, reports the New York Times. What's more, the US says Russia also sent several rocket launchers and other military vehicles to pro-Russian rebels, who seem to be losing ground against Ukraine forces, reports Reuters. The intelligence got shared with NATO allies today.