Guardians korrespoondent kunne i natt bevitne en russisk militærkolonne som krysset grensen til Ukraina. Om det er invasjon eller grensekrenking er umulig å si, men det er uansett et bevis på at Russland ikke respekterer grensen.

Kolonnen eskorterte den humanitære kolonnen på 280 bilder som startet ut fra Moskva for to dager siden. Den humanitære kolonnen stanset ved grensen, men ikke den militære.

The Guardian saw a column of 23 armoured personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates, travelling towards the border near the Russian town of Donetsk – about 200km away from Donetsk, Ukraine.

After pausing by the side of the road until nightfall, the convoy crossed into Ukrainian territory, using a rough dirt track and clearly crossing through a gap in a barbed wire fence that demarcates the border. Armed men were visible in the gloom by the border fence as the column moved into Ukraine. Kiev has lost control of its side of the border in this area.

The trucks are unlikely to represent a full-scale official Russian invasion, and it was unclear how far they planned to travel inside Ukrainian territory and how long they would stay. But it was incontrovertible evidence of what Ukraine has long claimed – that Russian troops are active inside its borders.