But now Russia has struck back by tweeting its own map of the country, showing Crimea, which was annexed from Ukraine in March, as part of its own territory.It was also followed up with the caption: ‘Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of #Europe @CanadaNATO’Their tweet, posted yesterday has so far attracted just over 800 retweets. The map also shows shaded areas where Abkhazia and South Ossetia are located, which have declared their independence from Georgia but still contain Russian forces after a conflict in 2008.They also posted: ‘BTW why not share Canadian experience of “asymmetrical federalism” with #Kiev’s authorities @CanadaNATO’ Canada’s tweet on Wednesday came after 10 Russian soldiers were captured earlier this week in Ukraine, with Moscow insisting they had mistakenly wandered across the border.

Meanwhile Kiev has accused Russia of sending tanks, artillery and troops into Ukraine.Rick Roth, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said: ‘It’s important to look at this exchange through the current context.’The original tweet was in the context of Russian military personnel being found in sovereign Ukrainian territory, claiming they were lost. Nobody believes that.’Mr Baird had called the recent events a ‘significant provocation’ in advance of next week’s NATO summit in Wales, where the alliance’s leaders are expected to hold a special meeting with new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.However, Ukraine is not a member of NATO, so the alliance is not automatically obliged to come to its defence.

 President Barack Obama has also ruled out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action over Ukraine and declined to characterise the assault as an invasion.Meanwhile Dutch Brigadier General Nico Tak said there has been a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine.’We have also detected large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defence systems, artillery, tanks, and armored personnel carriers being transferred to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine,’ said Mr Tak.NATO estimates that as many as 1,000 Russian troops are fighting inside Ukraine with an additional 20,000 soldiers massing on the border for support or possible reinforcements.
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