Western Countries Balk at Calling Russia-Ukraine Conflict 'War'

A spat? Domestic disturbance?


For governments in the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania, Russia has invaded Ukraine and the two countries are now at war. Head further west, and they're less sure what to call it.

While all agree that a line has been crossed, U.S and NATO officials prefer to speak of an "incursion." French and German leaders have warned President Vladimir Putin of further sanctions without defining what Russian forces have done.