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Russian Tanks Roll into Eastern Ukraine

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.

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  • SLEcoman

    Believers in Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) theory and advocates of the use of natural gas as a ‘bridge fuel’ to reduce CO2 emissions in the near term forgot to mention “become dependent on Russia for natural gas” as one of the ‘advantages’ of their strategy.

    It’s not exactly surprising that Mr. Putin chose to make his next provocative move in the winter when the EU (and Ukraine) is dependent on Russian natural gas to keep their citizens from freezing in the dark.

  • BobSykes

    A couple of weeks ago, Ukrainian sources also claimed that Russia dropped two nuclear bombs on eastern Ukraine. The tank story can be doubted.

    In any event, Ukraine is now permanently partitioned. The only questions are (1) where will the borders be drawn in the east and (2) will the new republics be independent or provinces of Russia.

    The Odessa and Galicia questions are still pending, too.

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