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'Many dead' in Ukraine offensive
BBC ^ | 2 May 2014 | BBC

Posted on 05/02/2014 7:53:13 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler

Many pro-Russia rebels have been killed, injured and arrested in the Ukrainian government offensive in the eastern city of Sloviansk, interim president Oleksandr Turchynov has said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: putin; russia; slavyansk; sloviansk; ukraine
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1 posted on 05/02/2014 7:53:13 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: Chad_the_Impaler

So how come its now okay for the Ukrainian govenment to kill protesters?


2 posted on 05/02/2014 7:54:33 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: rbg81
You are a moron.

They are Russian soldiers without insignia, not protestors.

They were firing rifles at Ukrainian troops, not playing acoustic guitars.

Why are all of Putin's boyfriends infesting FR?

3 posted on 05/02/2014 7:56:30 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Chad_the_Impaler

Will “The Great ObamaNation” get us involved in another war in a country that is even more inaccessible than Afghanistan?


4 posted on 05/02/2014 7:58:20 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Chad_the_Impaler

The Ukrainians are moving ahead with their offensive in Eastern Ukraine against the pro-Russian, and probably Russian armed and supported, rebels. This despite the large Russian military presence/buildup immediately to their East.

Either they are desperate and willing to bet that either the Russians will not come across the border, or that the West will help them if the Russians do.

Or...they know something we do not, and perhaps agreements are already in place and forces already on alert and prepared to come to their aid if the Russians do act. I’d like to hope the Europeans would be willing to do this in support of the Urkaine...and the US too...but I would be very surprised if under the current leadership in France, the UK, GErmany and the US this were the case.

But you never know.

The Ukrainians continuing an offensive against pro-Russian seperatists is just too reminiscent of the trap Georgia fell into in 2008 when the Georgian forces did the same and then the Russians invaded. The Ukraine saw that happen, soo you have to know that they are accutely aware of the danger.


5 posted on 05/02/2014 7:59:37 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: rbg81

When the “protesters” are armed and many of them are actually soldiers of a foreign power, the answer is “yes”.


6 posted on 05/02/2014 8:00:09 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: rbg81

Since they were shipped in by the Russians probably.


7 posted on 05/02/2014 8:00:11 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: fella

Ludicrous— try looking at a map.


8 posted on 05/02/2014 8:00:40 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: rbg81

The BBC reported that Right Sector forces and others like them were quite instrumental in the overthrow of the former gov’t and quite violent in doing so. From what I have heard, quite e few of those attacked and possibly killed were cops.


9 posted on 05/02/2014 8:01:47 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: pierrem15

As it turns out, the “protestors” apparently came up with a drum circle so intense that it knocked two Ukrainian helicopters out of the sky with RPGs.


10 posted on 05/02/2014 8:02:02 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: rbg81
"So how come its now okay for the Ukrainian govenment to kill protesters?"

I doubt they are 'protestors' but are actually Putin's minions sent out to take over the country.

Let me guess...you are a Ron Paul fan?

11 posted on 05/02/2014 8:03:15 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: fella
even more inaccessible than Afghanistan?

Yeah, according to the interwebs the Ukraine borders this weird country called "Poland."

Have you ever heard of it?

No way we have any security agreements with them, right?

12 posted on 05/02/2014 8:06:45 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: fella

“Will “The Great ObamaNation” get us involved in another war in a country that is even more inaccessible than Afghanistan?”

WTF? 99.99% of FR wanted the Afghanistan war seconds after 9/11. Are you claiming to be a peacenik now?


13 posted on 05/02/2014 8:06:57 AM PDT by sagar
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

There was no “over throw”. It was a parliamentary vote which replaced the Russian oligarchs who had fled back to Russia with their loot after they ordered the execution of Ukrainian protesters.


15 posted on 05/02/2014 8:08:32 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Jeff Head

With Obama there are two likely possibilities, the Kyiv government would rely assurances and then Obama would then leave them hanging out when they needed help, or Obama would involve the US in a hot war if he saw domestic political advantage to distract from his myriad failures in the US.


16 posted on 05/02/2014 8:08:49 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
The previous government was "overthrown" by a parliamentary vote of impeachment.

After the previous government had murdered dozens of unarmed, actual protestors.

Sorry, BBC guy.

17 posted on 05/02/2014 8:09:21 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake; fella

Don’t forget about the Black Sea. Our military has access to it.


18 posted on 05/02/2014 8:10:11 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: fella

Soros has invested heavily in Ukraine. Based upon that, radicals apparently have designs for Ukraine.

Given this, and post #9, and Obama botching pretty much all foreign policy that he is involved in (LIbya (Benghazi!!!), Syria, Egypt, etc) no matter how little it may be (and he has to be involved with/in Ukraine at least to some degree) I think we should stay out of this.

Interventionists, Soronistas, and McCainiacs may disagrre, though


19 posted on 05/02/2014 8:11:12 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Ruprecht Jamieson

Everything you post is like a mashup of Alex Jones and the KGB (oh, sorry “FSB”).


20 posted on 05/02/2014 8:11:58 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Soros has invested heavily in Ukraine.

Oh, of course he has.

What has he invested in, specifically?

How much has he spent, exactly?

Where did you get this information?

21 posted on 05/02/2014 8:14:14 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: fella
Will “The Great ObamaNation” get us involved in another war in a country that is even more inaccessible than Afghanistan?

I don't use the word "ignorant" very often. However, this is a clear instance of an ignorant statement.

22 posted on 05/02/2014 8:17:04 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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23 posted on 05/02/2014 8:18:33 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Justa; caww; little jeremiah; Count of Monte Fisto; Diogenesis; Psalm 144
Uh, there were violent clashes, Soros later visited Ukraine several times in April, has apparently invested heavily in Ukraine, and McCain appeared on stage in December with highly-undesirable elements in December. Now McCain, like urging action in Syria (when it very ) now wants to arm Ukrainians.

Hey, all I want is the U.S. to stay out of this. The past few years (Benghazi, possibly getting real close to the WH arming syrian “rebels” and the mess of Egypt with the “highly secular” Muslim Brotherhood being supported by the WH in Egypt, (and the long Middle East wars fought by the U.S. before them) I think its time to put the brakes on the interventionism.

24 posted on 05/02/2014 8:22:54 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: wideawake
Uh, Salon, BBC, The Guardian, International Business Times, American Spectator, and many others from the left, right and middle have reported on Ukraine, Right Sector, Svoboda and other undesirable elements in Ukraine.

While they may not constitute the majority of the fighters, they seem to be the most brazen, and perhaps like the Syrian elements that McCain photo opted with who were the ones that seemed to be the most hardened, perhaps it would be wise to stay out of this.

Some at FR want to ride the Dr. StrangeMcCain rocket, though.

Soronistas and McCainiacs unite!

25 posted on 05/02/2014 8:30:22 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: wideawake

Given your direct ad hominem post in #20, I’ll only give you the EuroMaidian PR interview of Soros to peruse through. Google it. It is quite easy to find.

It is a good start for you though, to finally become enlightened on this issue.


26 posted on 05/02/2014 8:33:58 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Hey, all I want is the U.S. to stay out of this. The past few years (Benghazi, possibly getting real close to the WH arming syrian “rebels” and the mess of Egypt with the “highly secular” Muslim Brotherhood being supported by the WH in Egypt, (and the long Middle East wars fought by the U.S. before them) I think its time to put the brakes on the interventionism.

My impression is that you want Russia to annex Ukraine, which is what will happen if we stand aside. Providing Ukrainians are willing to fight, we can prevent Russia from taking over by giving them $1b or so in weaponry a year. Not even big ticket items - LAW's, Javelins and Stingers to bleed the Russians. Obviously, a little training in the basics of constructing IED's and carrying out RPG ambushes against Russian convoys and patrols would go a long way. These are our casualties from Iraq:

ear Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2003 0 0 92 80 42 36 49 43 33 47 110 48 580
2004 52 23 52 140 84 50 58 75 87 68 141 76 906
2005 127 60 39 52 88 83 58 85 52 99 86 68 897
2006 64 58 34 82 79 63 46 66 77 111 78 115 873
2007 86 85 82 117 131 108 89 88 70 40 40 25 961
2008 40 30 40 52 21 31 13 23 25 14 17 16 322
2009 16 18 9 19 25 15 8 7 10 9 11 3 150
2010 6 6 7 8 6 8 4 3 7 2 2 1 60
2011 6 3 2 11 2 15 5 0 4 4 2 0 54
2012 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

If Ukrainians are able to send 100 Russians home in body bags a month, I expect Russian public opinion will eventually buckle and force Putin to do a U-turn.

27 posted on 05/02/2014 8:34:09 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
Again, the previous government was voted out.

While I am sure that the Ukraine has always had, and will always have, its share of bad actors - it is a colorful sideshow for a press that is easily distracted by shiny objects.

The Ukrainian population - left, right, and center - used constitutional means (free speech and impeachment) to rid themselves of a government whose theft and oppression had become intolerable.

28 posted on 05/02/2014 8:35:03 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
The previous government was "overthrown" by a parliamentary vote of impeachment.

Yeah, an illegal "vote" by rump parliament with half the members running for their lives and the other half surrounded by a mob of firebomb throwing Neo-Nazis.

29 posted on 05/02/2014 8:41:22 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist
I’ll only give you the EuroMaidian PR interview

I assume you mean EuroMaidan.

That's a very well-known interview.

In it, Soros does not say anywhere that he has invested a single dollar in Ukraine.

You say, and I quote, "he has invested heavily in Ukraine."

Yet you have no proof of any kind.

This is part and parcel of the bizarre trend among self-professed "conservatives" (like Glenn Beck) to feed Soros' ego and aspirations.

He is a lot less important that either he or many FReepers give him credit for.

30 posted on 05/02/2014 8:43:33 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
Yeah, an illegal "vote" by rump parliament with half the members running for their lives and the other half surrounded by a mob of firebomb throwing Neo-Nazis.

Whatever the legitimacy of the vote, it's not for Russia to attempt to annex the country, any more than it would be legitimate for the US to annex Canada because of a rigged vote. Nobody has any issues with Russia protesting the vote. It's Russia's annexation of the Crimea and its attempt to annex the Ukraine that is drawing criticism and potential military aid to Ukraine.

Let me ask you a question point-blank. If Russia annexes Ukraine and an insurgency springs up, should we supply the insurgents?

31 posted on 05/02/2014 8:49:42 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: wideawake
Yes, excuse me spelling policeman.

And I was the one who put the interview thread here on FR, not you. Got it?

I gave you that and that alone because that was a good start for you, because it shows what he thinks about Ukraine. Why should I do more and cast my pearls before swine, given your previous leftist-style ad hominem laced posts before that post?

And thanks to Beck we know a lot more about Soros than we would had it not been for Beck.

Soros gave big $$$ to Media Matters, and has contributed to Democrats, and yet you downsize how he does not help conservatives by putting conservative in “’s when it comes to Beck, and in other ways.

Go find some pro-Rino, pro-McCain, pro-global cop thread that you will feel quite comfortable on.

32 posted on 05/02/2014 8:50:23 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: wideawake

Why should U.S. forces cross over from Poland into Ukraine?

Yes, we must always abide by our NATO allaince agreements and I wholeheartedly support this, but NATO is a DEFENSIVE charter, and Ukraine is NOT a member of NATO.

Libya wasn’t a NATO member, and we got the Benghazi atrocity for it...


33 posted on 05/02/2014 8:54:20 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Zhang Fei

No. We should support the Russians against the Globalists backed junta in Kiev. Just like we should be supporting Assad against the Globalists backed Al Qaeda foreign takeover of Syria instead of giving the Christian slaughtering Al Qaeda foreign mercenaries advance weapons including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.


34 posted on 05/02/2014 8:58:20 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
No. We should support the Russians against the Globalists backed junta in Kiev.

You're basically a supporter of Russian imperialism. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.

35 posted on 05/02/2014 9:02:41 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Jeff Head

Possibly the Ukraine sees its freedom dying under the Russian boot one way or the other and they’ve decided to go out fighting.


36 posted on 05/02/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

Which side would Soros support?


37 posted on 05/02/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Chad_the_Impaler
Many many more Russians must die because of KGB Putin's insane dreams of resurrecting the EVIL EMPIRE he loyally served all his life.

Russians should be fighting the muslim terrorists running wild all over their own territory, but instead the psychotic Putin has sent them to invade and pillage the lands of Russia's Christian neighbors. What a disgrace.

38 posted on 05/02/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: fella
Will “The Great ObamaNation” get us involved in another war in a country that is even more inaccessible than Afghanistan?

Inaccessible? Ukraine is bordered by Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Modova, as well as Russia.

I'm not making an argument for U.S. action one way or the other, but Ukraine is not remote in a post-Iron Curtain Europe.

39 posted on 05/02/2014 9:19:55 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: sphinx

Moldova


40 posted on 05/02/2014 9:23:30 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
Yeah, an illegal "vote" by rump parliament

Far from being a "rump", it had far more deputies than the constitutionally required quorum and a supermajority of them voted to impeach.

41 posted on 05/02/2014 9:26:24 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: pierrem15

So all those nations that are dependent on Russian fossil fuels are going to join Obama in this adventure?


42 posted on 05/02/2014 9:29:57 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: fella
So all those nations that are dependent on Russian fossil fuels are going to join Obama in this adventure?

They're dependent on it the way the average consumer is dependent on Walmart to buy cheap groceries. The gas is cheap, but they're not about to sacrifice Ukraine, which is a vital buffer state, just for cheap gas. And that is why they're beginning to push back against Putin's imperial ambitions.

43 posted on 05/02/2014 9:35:47 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: fella
Many of them are not quite as dependent as you seem to think, and even those that are (such as Poland) rightfully place their security objectives higher than the economic cost of confronting Russia.

In addition, I don't know why you characterize this as Obama's adventure: he is desperately trying to avoid any involvement possible besides the rhetorical support for Kiev he finds necessary to dampen political fallout from his malevolent cravenness.

I'm sure Obama (like much of the treasonous American left) would love to see a return of the Warsaw Pact as a check on American power-- he just hasn't found a politically palatable way to get the American people to swallow that turd.

44 posted on 05/02/2014 9:42:49 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
We should support the Russians against the Globalists backed junta in Kiev

These aren't Russians. They're Soviets cloaked in red, white and blue.

45 posted on 05/02/2014 9:57:11 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Assad sent thousands of jihadis to kill American soldiers in Iraq. And you support him. Thanks for the peak under your mask.


46 posted on 05/02/2014 9:59:46 AM PDT by Parmenio
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Many pro-Russia rebels [of Putin's terrorists] have been killed, injured and arrested in the Ukrainian government offensive in the eastern city of Sloviansk, interim president Oleksandr Turchynov has said.
The murderer Putin is now demanding a meeting of the UN Security Council, trying to blame Ukraine for defending its sovereignty from Russian invasion, occupation, and aggression.
47 posted on 05/02/2014 10:11:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wideawake; Zhang Fei; Jeff Head; pierrem15; Freeport; lormand; sagar; Justa; JimSEA; ...

Thanks, all.


48 posted on 05/02/2014 10:18:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Causes this one to wonder are we once again bound for far away places .... Bookmark


49 posted on 05/02/2014 11:11:36 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: wideawake

Russian soldier without insignia are pirates / illegal combatants, and may be killed without consideration.


50 posted on 05/02/2014 11:14:18 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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