When an official Ukrainian contingent visited Washington late last year to lobby for American support, it came bearing gifts: photographic proof of Russian troops in Ukraine. The group, including two prominent military commanders-turned-MPs, presented the packet of images to U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who, in turn, presented them to the Senate last month. There was only one problem: Two of the photos appeared to be from Russia’s war with Georgia in 2008. Reporters questioned the veracity of at least one other image.
Whether intentional or not, the move hinted at desperation. For 10 months, Russia has fuelled an armed insurgency …read more