Skip to comments.'It's hell down there:' Inside the battle for eastern Ukraine
Posted on 06/07/2014 10:37:26 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
Slovyansk, Ukraine (CNN) -- In a forest of pines to the east of Slovyansk, Prapor and his seventy men were digging in Thursday. A man in his late-fifties with a magnificent beard and four different weapons, Prapor freely admitted he was not a local. But he was here -- he said -- to resist the "Ukrainian fascists" in Krasny Liman, a nearby town just recaptured by government forces.
He was dismissive of the group that had fled Krasny -- "Cossacks," he sneered. He had already lost seven men, but his fighters were the bravest. They would not run away.
Meeting Prapor was revealing in several ways. Pro-Russian separatists working in eastern Ukraine are better organized, better armed (Prapor's group had a truck-mounted anti-aircraft gun that was clearly working), and more of them appear to come from beyond Ukraine. And they are building a maze of roadblocks and defensive positions across the region.
But a few kilometers beyond, in rolling countryside under a hot sun, a very different group was setting up camp: a substantial force of Ukrainian paratroopers, with armored personnel carriers and artillery. Above, a reconnaissance plane drifted in loops.
Both sides look -- at least militarily -- more competent than they did a few weeks ago. Checkpoints used to be few and far between. Now there is a maze of them -- more separatist than Ukrainian -- dotted across both the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The insignia of the "Vostok Battalion" -- a group that includes both Russian and local fighters -- is common at the roadblocks that have sprung up on the main roads leading into Donetsk.
A few weeks ago, we watched the bedraggled remnants of the Ukrainian army's 25th Division surrounded and harangued by locals near Kramatorsk. Now there is a sense of purpose....
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Borodai is a Russian national. A lot of Ukrainian “separtist” leadership is the fruitcake of mother russia, apparently. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Borodai
I have a theory about Vlad Putin’s actions, which few otheres have speculated on. Russia has a huge Islamic population in its southern borders and fundamentalism is catching on there. Russia’s population outside those areas has been falling for years. So Putin wants to anex all the ethnic Russian areas in neighboring nations to form a united Russia so that the Islamic areas don’t wind up outnumbering them in the future and to have the forces to stamp out further successionist movements.
As for Ukraine, if the Obama Administration had any intelligence, it would subtly push for a Ukrainian confederation, with a nominal national government but the various provinces holding great autonomy on domestic issues.
Obama believes in centralized power
“As for Ukraine,if the Obama Administration had any intelligence,it would subtly push for a Ukrainian confederation,with a nominal national government but the various provinces holding great autonomy on domestic issues.”
You mean the way the U.S. is supposed to operate. Isn’t he actively working to undermine that here. I don’t think that’s in his playbook.
If that is Putin’s plan then why did he annex the Crimea, the most heavily islamic part of Ukraine? Putin just gave Russian citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Muslim Tatars.
Ukraine hardly has any muslims at all so why would they want to become part of Russia, which has over twenty million muslim citizens? Why would Ukrainians want to give up their own country that is not even one percent muslim to become part of a country that is already over ten perecent muslim?
Your conclusion is flawed because you have missing data. Chechnya is growing rich and strong because of billions of Russian tax dollars. The dictator of the Muslims is building his own little Islamic state, while getting for Putin 99 percent of the vote in sham elections. He also names stuff after Putin and openly declares that Putin should be President for life. Chechen spetznaz have been fighting on behalf of Moscow in Ukraine, and they did so in Georgia too.
FYI Some updates on Ukraine:
- Assassination in Nemirov city.......Ukrainian police confirm death of ‘Chief of Poroshenko’s presidential campaign administration’,.... shot down in his car.
- Poroshenko promised to get rid of his assets on becoming President? Instead he’s buying up more factories...and kept his Media Network.
- Yarosh to be offered a Cabinet position, Right Sector to become “the army of Poroshenko.”
- A little humor...Russian paper Describes the Meeting of Obama and Poroshenko as “Meeting of the two chocolate presidents.”
- PM Yatsenyuk says deputy of defense minister is suspected of stealing money provided for the Ukrainian army.
- Former Pres. Candidate Radical ‘Lyshko’ kicks out Russian Journalists from Rada....Stop Censorship” group slams Ukraine MP who tore up press card of Russian journolist - say unacceptable “even for journalists from enemy country”
- Residents of the Odessa region are trying to join the Donetsk and Lugansk announcing the creation of ‘the People’s Republic of Odessa’.
- Poroshenko...”federalization is not an option”...” The only official language in Ukraine will be Ukrainian.”
- Kiev Army using an insane amount of artillery on Semenovka Sloviansk over the last couple days....many buildings bombed and destroyed. One individual wrote it was so heavy your hearing was affected....SLAVYANSK in humanitarian crisis...:
Under heavy bombardments, w/o water or electricity & running out of food .....continued bombing this morning...June 7, 2014 (Sat)....... 2 long videos of fights
If it’s on YouTube, it must be true.
I rather think people have the capability to discern what is or not....and generally there are other sources to back it up as evidence comes in. In this case there’s plenty out there.
Of course there is. No one ever happens to be around to correct the disinformation, though. Wonder why that is?
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https://www.facebook.com/burkonews?fref=ts ^ | Today, 7 June | Roman Burko
Partisons Fighting Back........... Killing Terrorists;
TRANSLATION: By tapping private channels #Zello, in which the terrorists and their accomplices exchange operational information, volunteers reported that the road Kharkov-Rostov (in Soviet times, the highway was number 13), an unknown group of people engaged in guerrilla activities against DNR militants. Supporters of terrorists are panicked, because just today with the actions of the mobile group the terrorists lost 5 fighters.
Along with this, it is noted that the guerrilla activities are likely local, because the actions of a group of assailants on checkpoints DNR because they knew the grounds [area] (which is not typical for non locals) and occurred without any casualties among the independent attackers. The tactics of guerrilla groups are also not typical of regular and newly created units of the National Guard, # FP and territorial defence units.
We have seen the facts, when the separatists complained in the channels Zello on the disappearance of its people in occupied areas, this is often blamed on the actions of the special security services, but after analyzing reports from local residents and volunteers in eastern Ukraine, we came to the conclusion that in the has started effective action of independent guerrilla cell leading the fight against terrorists and separatists. Since the continuing increase of repressions and looting of the local population from the other by Kadyrov’s and other pro-Russian militias has led to this new backlash.
This precedent creates a new milestone in the history of confrontation in the Donbas. We ask all residents to report information about the facts of guerrilla warfare against terrorists DNR. This data also will also help form the basis of the chronology of events of the war of liberation against the pro-Russian invaders.
....Time for snake-eaters to be fed to the hogs...
.......In bunches or one at a time....
Hope this doesn’t offend you tender putee nature...
Libya- Both sides are bad, Obama sides with the worst side.
Egypt- Both sides are bad, Obama sides with the worst side.
Syria- Both sides are bad, Obama sides with the worst side.
Ukraine- Both sides are bad, Obama sides with the worst side.
You can always count on Obama to show you who is the least loathsome....they are the ones he is against. In Ukraine that is the separatists in the east...
That’s an interesting standard you have . . . you choose whom to support locally considering whom you oppose globally, without considering anything else.
Yup, but in this case I am so perfectly correct.
Actually . . . .
“Poroshenko...federalization is not an option... The only official language in Ukraine will be Ukrainian.”
Well, that should settle things. NOT...
At Slovyansk, the Rebels have gotten at least one old WW2 relic running, a T-34-85 that was a war monument, and into the fight, apparently.
They also captured a downed Mi-24, and have taken it into town. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUbpz13tUWU I doubt it will ever fly again, but...
In Luhansk, they got 1 or 2 abandoned T-62’s running again.
‘’count on Obama to show you who is the least loathsome’’
SO TRUE— And since he and administration are not helping
Ukraine as much as they are helping putler, means UKR
are good guys. Our prez and putler are same commies in the
commie/fascist pea pod. We still do business with putler.
Still issue visas to russlies.. still won’t let our gas
shippers go to EU to drop putlers prices and cut him
out of the market,to help supply cheaper gas to EU and
UKR. We put on no-sanction sanctions, that don’t bother
russlies.In going gradual, they move money elsewhere..
We still got idiots fighting fracking, which
could bring forth huge amounts gas in UKR-POL-GER- UK.
Which would cut out putler more. He makes speeches
against fracking except in russlie, he behing scenes
supports obama AGW crap, which caused shortages giving
putler more power...
So our THE ONE is helping putler 10 times more than UKS,
Kinda make them good guys.........
Easy conclusion to make when you don't know any Ukrainians. Obama should be on the side of the Chechens and Communists that are working for Putin.