Obama refuses to send troops to protect Ukraine from Russia

THE United States and Europe have promised little more than further sanctions in answer to the Ukraine's call for help following what may be a Russian invasion.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko convened a meeting of his security chiefs and called on Western allies for military support but while United Nations officials have confirmed the escalation of violence with more than 1000 Russian soldiers aiding separatists in eastern Ukraine, they are calling it an incursion.

NATO, did however, release satellite photos showing Russian forces in action and Russian artillery units moving along roads and into position.

But US President Barack Obama ruled out military intervention saying that although the Ukraine was a friend of America, it was not a NATO country so he was not in a position to offer up his troops.

"The violence is encouraged by Russia, the separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia," Mr Obama said.

"But it is not in the cards for us to see a military confrontation between Russia and the United States in this region." - APN Newsdesk