Skip to comments.Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia; truce nears end
Posted on 06/26/2014 9:42:29 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
Thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up Thursday at the eastern border to cross into Russia, with some saying they felt betrayed by their government and vowing never to return.
A commander at the rebel-controlled border post southeast of the city of Luhansk said 5,000 people had left by evening, joining a stream he said has continued unabated through a shaky cease-fire set to expire on Friday.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainians have sought safety in Russia since the fighting began two months ago between government troops and Moscow-backed separatist fighters.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called on Russia to support his peace plan "with deeds, not words" as the weeklong cease-fire neared its end in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said they too were looking for more action from Moscow ahead of a summit on Friday of European Union leaders, who will be considering a new round of punitive sanctions on Russia.
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In recent days, there have been numerous reports that some Russian equipment, especially command and control elements, have returned to near the border areas. In addition, at least one squadron of Mig-29’s was moved to Millerovo, on the Russian Border near Lugansk, in in the last couple of days, reinforcing the 30-some aircraft already there.
Putin made it clear, when asked about his request that the authority to use force in Ukraine be revoked, that Lugansk was an “Independent state”, not part of Ukraine.
Kiev has been massing forces for a big push around Slovyansk and Lugansk in recent days. When this kicks off, Putin will have to make a decision on how to proceed, especially given the humanitarian issues.
Putin is a shark, but he is playing this like a poker master, always appearing to react, as the West pushes.