Ukraine Crisis: Coup junta accuses Russia of "terrorism" as grip slips on restive east ~ link ~ Ukrainian troops appear to be losing ground in "anti-terror" operation as separatists strengthen hand in eastern cities
Ukrainian forces appeared to be losing their grip on an "anti-terrorist" operation against pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday as armed men took over government buildings, seized Ukrainian tanks and took soldiers hostage in cities in the restive east.
Military armored vehicles seized in Kramatorsk - with video and photos ~ link ~ BBC journalists witnessed civilians, at least some of whom appeared to be local people, challenging soldiers, who were also blocked by a crowd a few kilometres outside the town. One officer said he had not "come to fight" and would never obey orders to shoot his "own people".
A soldier guarding one of the carriers told Reuters he was a member of Ukraine's 25th airborne brigade from Dnipropetrovsk, a city also in eastern Ukraine. He said the soldiers had had no food for four days until local people fed them. "All the soldiers and the officers are here," he said. "We are all boys who won't shoot our own people."
Armoured vehicles from the rival sides appeared on the streets of two neighbouring towns after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Kiev's decision to send in troops to put down a separatist uprising in its industrial heartland had dragged the country to the brink of civil war.
EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in the Ukraine ~ link ~ There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region.
In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.
“In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say that the people are worried for the welfare of those who speak Russian as their first language in the region.
Paul Craig Roberts (former Assistant US Secretary of the Treasury): US pushing for WAR over the Ukraine ~ link ~ Pushing for war with a nation that has more nuclear weapons then we do?!!! How evil and insane can you get!!! This is what happens when the public allows, year after year, the worst criminals in the nation/world to rule over them and their nation!!! If the American public does not wake up from their slumber, most will end up dead in WWIII. Stirling
Ukrainian Crisis: NATO to bolster air/land/sea military forces in eastern Europe ~ link ~ The bought-and-paid-for political whores in NATO, owned by the Global Banking Cartel and the Zionists, are determined to get the Third World War going...Pray they don't succeed!!! Stirling
"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately – that means within days," the Nato secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told a news conference after the decision was taken by Nato ambassadors. Nato fighter aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region, allied ships will deploy to the Baltic Sea, the eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere, and allied military staff will be sent out to improve Nato's preparedness, training and exercises, Rasmussen said.
Hours earlier, pro-Russian separatists seized five armoured personnel carriers and a tank from the Ukrainian army, which they then drove in a victory lap through the centre of Kramatorsk in Ukraine's east and on to the nearby town of Slavyansk. The Ukrainian defence ministry confirmed that vehicles had been taken by pro-Russian forces.
NATO bolsters armed forces in eastern Europe ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~ What Russian aggression??? This earns NATO the dreaded Five BS Flag Award for a level of lies and bullshit that is 'way over the top' even for them!!! Stirling
Nato has said it is taking immediate steps to boost its military presence in eastern Europe in response to Russian "aggression" in Ukraine.
One YouTube video of what happened next shows a woman coming to a soldier with the reproach: “You are the army, you must protect the people.” “We are not going to shoot, we weren’t even going to,” is the soldier’s reply.