Ukraine’s U.N. envoy Oleksandr Pavlichenko says Russia’s military action — sending tanks and troops across the border — amounted to an “invasion,” although the Obama administration has not used that term.
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“Do you consider today’s escalation in Ukraine an invasion?” President Obama was asked during a press conference on Thursday.
“I consider the actions that we’ve seen in the last week a continuation of what’s been taking place for months now,” he replied.
At the State Department, a reporter observed that spokeswoman Jen Psaki had referred to Russia’s “direct intervention” and “incursion,” and asked her, “Why haven’t you referred to it as an invasion?”