Slaviansk, Ukraine: A column of combat vehicles entered an eastern Ukrainian city flying Russian flags on Wednesday.
Six armoured vehicles rolled into the city of Slovyansk near the Russian border and were enthusiastically greeted at pro-Russian checkpoints outside the city.
The troops on the vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers.
At least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.
"The (Ukrainian) paratroopers switched to the people's side. You can count for yourself how many of us there are - the self defence army of Donbas," said one pro-Russian insurgent, who did not give his name.