The world news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for August 28, 2014 covers top news stories around the globe. In Eastern Europe, Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of invading Ukraine and providing military aid to the Ukrainian rebels. In Syria, hundreds of Syrian soldiers were shown to be executed by the Islamic State militants in a newly released video. In Canada, a tour bus carrying 56 passengers has crashed on Thursday, injuring the driver and all of the passengers on board.
Ukrainian President Accuses Russia of Invading Ukraine
With support from National Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) satellite imagery, Ukrainian government has accused Russia of invading Ukraine and providing military support to the rebels. The satellite images show scores of trucks crossing the border of Eastern Ukraine where heavy fighting has killed many innocent civilians. These accusations come just days after an official meeting between the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Russian officials have denied the allegations, stating that no Russian military or military aid has been sent to Ukraine.
The six month-long conflict has rapidly escalated over the summer when a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane was shot down. Ukrainian government has received support from many of the Western governments, sparking an economic war between Russia and the West. Many experts and historians consider this to be the biggest conflict between the Western world and Russia since the Cold War.
Hundreds of Syrian Soldiers Executed by Islamic State Militants
A new video posted on YouTube on Thursday by the Islamic State militants showed hundreds of Syrian soldiers being led towards mass graves in nothing but their underwear to be executed and laid out in straight lines. The caption underneath reads that the number of executed soldiers is 250. The men are led through the desert area, as one of their captors yells out “Islamic State” and the captured soldiers are heard replying with “It shall remain.”
While the legitimacy of the gruesome video has not yet been confirmed, an Islamic State fighter has claimed the video is genuine. The Syrian soldiers were captured when the Islamic State militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa on Sunday. The clashes between the Syrian army and the militants during the past week were some of the most deadly confrontations since the beginning of the civil war.
Tour Bus Crashes in Canada, Injuring Tourists on Board
A tour bus carrying more than 50 tourists from Asia and several interpreters crashed on a highway in Canada. Most of the passengers received minor injuries, while six people are in critical condition and were airlifted to the hospital nearby. All of the people on board were injured, including the bus driver.
The bus was travelling from the Okanagan region in British Columbia, to the city of Vancouver when the crash occurred. The crash resulted in the closure of a major highway in the province until investigation could be completed. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have announced that the crash was a single-vehicle accident, and only the bus was involved.
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