The reason that it’s incorrect to refer to a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine is that Russian forces are already involved in operations on Ukrainian territory, in Eastern regions of the country. If Moscow were to send the tens of thousands of troops it has recently amassed on its border with Ukraine into the country, that’d be a further invasion or a new incursion.
A Russian court seems to have confirmed the presence of Russian soldiers in the country for the first time, confirming that the Moscow’s long running denials of that fact were, expectedly, false.
The Moscow Times reported on the court ruling, a judgment against a manager convicted of fraud in his business activities around supplying Russian troops with food. Those troops, the court reportedly revealed before the judgment was taken off its website, were operating in Donetsk and Luhansk.
The revelation doesn’t change the facts on the ground, as Western officials already assumed that Russian forces were backing Ukrainian insurgents in Eastern Ukraine. But it does pull the curtain back, in an embarrassing way, on Moscow’s campaign to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and to force the country back into its orbit.
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