Ukrainian hysteria ?
Ukraine Defense Ministry "Warns" Of Imminent Russian Invasion
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/08/2014 18:21 -0400
Ealier we learned that a great number of Americans don't even know where the Ukraine is located. We also learned that those who actually were familiar with the location of the former USSR nation were the least interested in a US military intervention (as opposed to those who inexplicably thought Ukraine is right next to Omaha or in Alaska). And now, we learn that according to the Defense Ministry of the Ukraine, which is citing a "military expert", one Dmitry Tymchuk whose pretty maps have graced these pages in the past, Ukraine is sounding the alarm on what it reports is an imminent invasion by Russia into east Ukraine, which could take place as soon as tonight.
From the ministry's twitter account:
Separatists In Ukraine City Of Luhansk Said To Take 60 Hostages, Rig Building With Explosives
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/08/2014 12:13 -0400
Update: as expected the denial of the propaganda didn't take long: PROTESTERS IN LUHANSK, UKRAINE, DENY HAVING EXPLOSIVES AND HOLDING HOSTAGES IN STATE SECURITY BUILDING
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While the source of the most recent developments in the Ukraine is the country's state security services and should thus be taken with the usual mine of salt, Reuters is reporting that pro-Russian separatists have placed explosives in a building they seized in the eastern city of Luhansk and are using weapons to hold around 60 people against their will.
Russia Today ...
Russian FM calls on Kiev, Washington not to ignore interests of all Ukraine regions
Published time: April 08, 2014 09:37
Edited time: April 08, 2014 11:20
Edited time: April 08, 2014 11:20
Russia is ready for negotiations with the US, EU and Ukraine, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He added that the talks may start in 10 days.
Southeastern Ukrainian regions should also take part in the negotiations, he said.
"The Kiev coup-appointed government hasn’t made any positive steps towards these regions,” Lavrov said. “[The southeastern regions] believe that their interest are being ignored by Kiev.”
Neither Kiev nor Washington has shown the proposed draft Ukrainian constitution to Moscow, Lavrov said.
While accusing “external forces” of provoking the protests in southeastern Ukraine, Washington is just throwing the blame onto others, he added.
“I heard the statements by Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, who said that some demonstrations in southern Ukraine are paid for and there are certain ‘external forces” which stand behind these protests. It sounds as if he is five months ago and describing the events in Maidan Square in the center of Kiev,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov expressed concern that Ukraine’s new draft constitution would be presented shortly before the summit of Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU and it would be imposed without time to study the document. He urged Washington and Kiev to take into consideration the interests of all regions in Ukraine, as was agreed during recent talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Kiev cracks down on eastern Ukraine cities after 2 proclaim independence
Published time: April 07, 2014 20:30
Edited time: April 08, 2014 10:51
Edited time: April 08, 2014 10:51
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has launched an anti-terrorist operation in the eastern city of Kharkov by blocking the city center, said acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. At least 70 activists have been arrested by the police.
“The anti-terrorist operation has begun. The center of the city and Metro stations are closed. As soon as we finish the operation, we will unblock them,” wrote Avakov on his Facebook page, “The building of Regional State Administration is totally free from the separatists who seized it earlier.”
According to Avakov, no weapons have been used during the operation.
On Monday police clashed with anti-coup protesters in an effort to push the activists back from the city administration building. Kharkov demonstrators in the second-largest Ukrainian city took control of the building earlier in the day, after proclaiming independence of the region from Kiev.
Police reportedly used fire-hoses, stun grenades, and tear gas to push the crowd back from the building. In response, protesters threw several Molotov cocktails at the building and set a pile of tires on fire. The blaze soon spread to the first floor of the building.
Activists at the scene said the law enforcement officers who used force against protesters had been deployed from western Ukraine. According to some witnesses, the violence was initially triggered by a group of provocateurs. Earlier in the day, pro-EU demonstrators clashed with supporters of the federalization of Ukraine.
Ukraine: The East Strikes BackThe people in the eastern industrial heart of the Ukraine had so far a mostly unsatisfactory life. After the catastrophic end of the Soviet Union the industries they were working in were either shut down or sold off for peanuts to some shady oligarchs. The economy fell, then stagnated and unlike in nearby Russia never recovered. They democratically elected a somewhat pro-Russian president Yanukovich but he was removed by an anti-democratic coup. Twice.
Now some alliance of fascists and oligarchs are ruling in Kiev. One of them, the pseudo blond gas-princess, threatened to kill the Russian speaking people in eastern Ukraine. The coup governmentinstalled some Jewish Israeli-Ukrainian thieves as governors to rule over them. The announced austerity program will ruin what is left of the the eastern Ukrainian industry. So what are these people to do?
Of course they will not agree to calmly sit down and to let happen even more bad things to them. Instead they will follow the example the putschists and their U.S./EU supporters in Kiev laid out for them. Theyare occupying government buildings, proclaim self-established people's republics and ask their big neighbor Russia for help.
Supporting the moves in the East is the continued threat of the fascists in Kiev where the paramilitary Right Sector stormed the constitutional court to remove judges not in its favor.
The coup-government in Kiev has little it can do against this. It could send troops and police but would those follow its orders? Would Russia counter by sending troops to protect the people in the east? How would a possible loss of the eastern and southern Ukraine effect their plans?
The coup-rulers may soon find that the only way out is what Russia demanded all along, a far reaching federalization of the Ukraine. This only possible way out for them. The question then is if their "western" overlords will allow them to follow that path.