Russia invades the Ukraine while Obama recovers from a vacation handover. According to an AP report published by Fox News, Russian troops have invaded the Ukraine (again). The Russian vehicles were flying the Donetsk flag to indicate that they were rebel forces, but they are not. They are Russians.
It is a column of 10 tanks and 2 armored vehicles, and that is a lot of firepower for the “small war” going on just down the road. The report said that they didn’t enter the heat of the battle.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, “I know nothing,” in the manner of Col. Klink.
The Russians allegedly want to build a slice of territory that links Russia with Crimea.
This issue of Russians wanting to assume territory from a sovereign nation needs to be high on the agenda at the United Nations, among other “hot war” topics don’t you think? If the European Union continues to be lackadaisical about this, they are going to be where they were with Nazi Germany in WII and as Germany was in post WWII. What the heck, don’t they see it coming?
Russia holds many EU members hostage by energy. Renewable energy is the avenue of escape.
Apparently, the Russian separatists are not following the Geneva conventions as they paraded prisoners.
What can the Ukraine do to stop the advance? It will take an all-in mustering of Ukraine troops that are backed by NATO forces if necessary. That means NATO would supply arms and weapons, but not troops. It will take lots of discipline from the EU to hold sanctions against Russia.
The greatest concern and challenge is how to convince Russians to join the free world. First, Russians must become dissatisfied with their leaders. Second, Russians must get serious about democratic reforms. Third, Russians must stand down from aggressive war-like behavior.
What do my Russian friends and readers think about the situation?
I don’t understand the disconnect and why Russian governmental leaders keep resisting a winning path forward. What holds them back? Is it corruption?
“Russian tanks, armored vehicles enter southeast Ukraine
Published August 25, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine – A column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into southeastern Ukraine, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place, a top Ukrainian official said Monday.
Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, told reporters that the column of 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks crossed the border near Shcherbak and that the nearby city of Novoazovsk was shelled during the night from Russia. He said they were Russian military vehicles bearing the flags of the separatist Donetsk rebels.
In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday he had no information about the column.
The reported incursion and shelling could indicate an attempt to move on Mariupol, a major port on the Azov Sea, an arm of the Black Sea. Mariupol lies on the main road between Russia and Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed in March. Capturing Mariupol could be the first step in building a slice of territory that links Russia with Crimea.
Although Mariupol is in Ukraine's separatist Donetsk region, most of the fighting between separatist rebels and Ukrainian troops has been well to the north, including around the city of Donetsk, the rebels' largest stronghold. A full offensive in the south could draw Ukrainian forces away from the fight for Donetsk.
Lysenko said Mariupol has enough defenders "to repel any attack of uninvited guests."
Ukraine and the West say that Russia is supporting and supplying the rebels and that since mid-August, Russia has fired into Ukraine from across the border and from within Ukrainian territory. Moscow denies those allegations.
Fighting continued elsewhere in the east, notably around the town of Olenivka, 15 miles south of Donetsk. Lysenko said Monday about 250 separatists had been killed in that fighting, but did not specify in what time period. On Sunday, rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said two-thirds of Olenivka had been wrested away from Ukrainian control.
Ukrainian forces had made significant inroads against the separatists in recent weeks, but the rebels have vowed to retake lost territory.
Russia announced plans, meanwhile, to send a second aid convoy into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where months of fighting have left many residential buildings in ruins.”