Russia appears to have sent a tank column into Ukraine, upping tensions to the next level in eastern Ukraine. Sky News:
The convoy of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer cannons and 30 trucks of troops and equipment crossed the border into the rebel-controlled Luhansk region.Ukraine’s military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing: “The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines.”Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko described the action as a “significant” violation of the truce signed on 5 September at Minsk. That deal was meant to stall the conflict in the east, which has claimed more than 4,000 lives.“The President noted a significant deviation from the implementation of the Minsk (ceasefire) protocol, which is leading to further escalation of the conflict” a statement on the presidential website said.
When considered alongside recent reports of Vladimir Putin extemporizing over the virtues of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact—the non-aggression accord between Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany that contained secret clauses on dividing Romania, Poland, Finland and the Baltic states into spheres of influence—one can’t help but think that the Minsk ceasefire is not long for this world.