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Tanks With Russian Flags ‘Appear’ In East Ukraine

From the Associated Press:

Ukraine ‘on the brink of civil war’ as shots ring out at airport

April 15, 2014

Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, said troops have restored control over the small airport near Kramatorsk that had been occupied by pro-Russian militiamen.

It was the first military action taken by the government against the separatists who have seized control of numerous buildings in the east of the country. There was no immediate confirmation of any casualties…

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave a gloomy assessment after at least two people died on Sunday when Kiev unsuccessfully tried to regain control in the town of Slaviansk, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the Russian border.

“Blood has once again been spilt in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war,” he said on his Facebook page…

The Russian and much of our news media would like us to believe that it is a ‘civil war.’ It is not. It is an invasion.

And in case there is still any doubt, there is this from the Agence France Presse:

Armoured vehicles with Russian flags appear in east Ukraine

By Nicolas MILETITCH and Germain MOYON | April 16, 2014

Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level diplomatic talks on the escalating crisis.

Armoured vehicles from the rival sides appeared on the streets of two neighbouring towns after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Kiev’s decision to send in troops to put down a separatist uprising in its industrial heartland had dragged the country to the brink of civil war…

An AFP reporter in the flashpoint town of Slavyansk saw at least six APCs and light tanks, some flying Russian flags, parked in the city centre with dozens of unidentified armed men in camouflage stationed around them…

It’s not a civil war if you have foreign troops invading in tanks.

By the way, the headline for this AFP has since been changed from: ‘Armoured vehicles with Russian flags appear in east Ukraine.’ To what they have up now: ‘Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine.’

Yeah, that’s the important news here. Rivals are flexing their muscles.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Tanks With Russian Flags ‘Appear’ In East Ukraine”

  1. yadayada

    “tanks, some flying Russian flags, parked in the city centre with dozens of unidentified armed men in camouflage stationed around them…”

    ..in uniform, in armored vehicles, flying a flag. “unidentified” must be france.

  2. captstubby

    This Day In History .

    Apr 17, 1969:
    Architect of Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring resigns

    Alexander Dubcek, the communist leader who launched a broad program of liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia, is forced to resign as first secretary by the Soviet forces occupying his country. The staunchly pro-Soviet Gustav Husak was appointed Czechoslovak leader in his place, reestablishing an authoritarian communist dictatorship in the Soviet satellite state.
    On August 20, 1968, the Soviet Union answered Dubcek’s reforms with the invasion of Czechoslovakia by 600,000 Warsaw Pact troops. Prague was not eager to give way, but scattered student resistance was no match for Soviet tanks. Dubcek’s reforms were repealed, and the leader was replaced with the staunchly pro-Soviet Gustav Husak, who reestablished an authoritarian communist regime in the country.

    Apr 17, 1961:
    The Bay of Pigs invasion begins

    The Bay of Pigs invasion begins when a CIA-financed and -trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro.

    Apr 17, 1975:
    Cambodia falls to the Khmer Rouge
    The Khmer Rouge troops capture Phnom Penh and government forces surrender. The war between government troops and the communist insurgents had been raging since March 1970,
    When the U.S. forces departed South Vietnam in 1973, both the Cambodians and South Vietnamese found themselves fighting the communists alone. Without U.S. support, Lon Nol’s forces fought on, but eventually succumbed to the Khmer Rouge. With the surrender, the victorious Khmer Rouge evacuated Phnom Penh and set about reordering Cambodian society. This resulted in a killing spree and the notorious “killing fields.” Eventually, hundreds of thousands of Cambodians were murdered or died from exhaustion, hunger, and disease.
    Apr 17, 1941:
    The Yugoslav army surrenders
    the Yugoslav army, encircled in Bosnia, surrenders to Germany and signs a formal capitulation in Belgrade.

    • captstubby

      and this late addition;
      This Day In History .
      Apr 17,2014;

      my oldest boy called and told me today i had a new Grandson.
      life is Good.




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