US: Russia Firing on Ukraine
State Department says Moscow also providing more big rocket-launchers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
A pro-Russian rebel looks up while ridding on a tank east of Donetsk this week.   (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

(Newser) – Global condemnation apparently hasn't fazed Vladimir Putin: The Obama administration today accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine to hit military sites and asserted that Moscow is boosting its supply of weaponry to pro-Russian separatists. "We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to separatist forces in Ukraine," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. A US official tells Reuters that the artillery fire mentioned by Harf began Tuesday or later, adding that there was no evidence of civilian casualties.

The allegations come amid an increasingly bitter war of words between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine and conflicting claims over the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine last week. The US has repeatedly accused Russia of stoking the Ukraine rebellion and has said it believes separatists shot down the Malaysian plane, killing nearly 300 people, with a surface-to-air missile that probably came from Russia. The US has not offered "direct proof" of Moscow's involvement, however.

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Jul 27, 2014 1:41 PM CDT
Thanks to Eric Holder, and the FBI, fiends like Viktor Bout are behind bars! He was a Russian arms dealer! He tried to sell arms to Colombian outlaws! They wanted to murder American pilots! The FBI nabbed him! Bush's golfing comrade, Vladimir Putin, already demanded his release! Perfectly clear?
Jul 25, 2014 5:39 PM CDT
Im sure the current administration would not have thought that Hitler did anything wrong in Poland either. We got a spineless jellyfish that will probably respond to this obvious act of war with more sanctions.
Jul 25, 2014 5:19 PM CDT
"We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful ......blahdeblagh Harf and Barry, busy with spin, are unable to show one iota of EVIDENCE that Russia or pro-Russia Separatists are responsible ......the best they can offer is that they saw it on SOCIAL MEDIA..................FFS Hang on, .................. I take it all back......I just saw it too on ArseForFacebook: