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Pro-Russia militants expand control in several Ukrainian cities
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Posted on 04/14/2014 12:27:10 AM PDT by wetphoenix

In an eerily similar scenario to last month's Crimea takeover, masked, pro-Russia militants expanded their control in several cities across Ukraine today.

Gunmen took over police headquarters in Donetsk, a small northern city, and other militants attacked nearby government buildings. While the scope of today's action was much smaller than in Crimea, it involved simultaneous attacks and modern weapons, which officials say suggests a coordinated operation.

In Slavyansk, a city about 50 miles north of Donetsk, pro-Russia gunmen took over the police station and began constructing barricades around the city. Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia called Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, demanding an end to the "provocative activity."

NATO estimates 40,000 Russian troops are stationed on their side of the border, near the affected Ukrainian cities. Moscow maintains its stance that those forces are merely conducting military exercises.

Below, images from today's takeovers in a country far from settled. --Sarah Eberspacher

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1 posted on 04/14/2014 12:27:10 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix

Russia is demonstrating to the Maidan regime that is powerless in its own backyard. Any crackdown by Kiev is certain to trigger Russian intervention. In this crisis, the Russians are clearly calling the shots.

They’re strangling Ukraine without having to fire a single shot. And judging from the way events are moving, Russian President Putin may not have to order Russian troops over the border to force Ukraine back into Russis’s orbit.

The Russians are waging sophisticated 21st Century warfare and both Kiev and NATO have been caught off guard. Nothing in their strategies has prepared them to deal with the nature and speed of the “shadow war” Russia is waging - very well.

Crimea should have given them a clue and two months later, they still don’t know what hit them and where the hammer blows are now falling. This will not end well - for them.


2 posted on 04/14/2014 3:58:33 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwhErv6Wujc
Citizens, local police disarming Ukrainian military entering E Ukraine.


3 posted on 04/14/2014 6:47:12 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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