Military vehicles seen in the towns of Snizhne, Horlivka, Sloviansk, Makiyivka, and Tores in the Donetsk region.
As broadcast by Ukrainian TV Channel 1+1 during the nightly news program TSN Night, Russian tanks have invaded Eastern Ukraine. Movement of military vehicles was witnessed in several towns in the Donetsk region. Tanks with the tricolor Russian flag were seen in Snizhne, Horlivka, Sloviansk, Makiyivka, and Tores. Witnesses reported that the heavy military equipment and vehicles with Russian flags have already reached Donetsk. In addition, according to intelligence data, more powerful force has been concentrated on Russian territory in close proximity to the border with Ukraine. One reported a minimum of two mechanized brigades which have armored vehicles and multiple GRAD rocket launcher systems. Continue reading →
As reported by witnesses to InfoResist, two new tanks with a complete set of armaments arrived in the Varna district of the town of Snizhne, Donetsk region, Ukraine. Local residents identified that the crew is from Russia. Details have yet to be specified.
As previously reported by InfoResist, the recruitment of airplane and helicopters pilots and tank crews for T-72 tanks is being conducted through the internet. The T-72 tanks are produced by Uralvagonzavod, Nizhniy Tagil, Sverdlovsk region, Russia and are used in the Russian army; Ukraine does not produce or use this model of tanks. In addition to this, the so-called “army of the south-east” is recruiting operators for grenade launchers and flamethrowers, as well as operators of anti-tank rocket complexes, mobile air defense complexes, anti-aircraft rocket complexes, and AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers. Continue reading →
Thirty-five to 45 Chechens who were killed in Donetsk Oblast during the fighting have been brought home; according to Chechnya residents, many of them had previously served in special forces battalions.
The security structures of the Chechen Republic have refused to comment on this information, writes the newspaper Kavkhazskiy Utel.
One Chechnya resident said, “I have a relative working in the security services. He said that several dozen dead bodies were delivered home from Ukraine; these were our boys who fought on the side of the militia.”
“Most of those who were killed came from the Gudermeskiy, Shalinskiy and Urus-Martanivskiy districts. It is alleged that six dead bodies were delivered to one district and four to another. But this information is purposefully not being spread because of an order issued by our officials. The bodies are being buried in local cemeteries,” he noted. Continue reading →
“Vasha Svoboda” guest: Andriy Veselovskiy, Special Ambassador of the Ukrainian MFA.
Olexandr Lashchenko: Recently the President of France Francois Hollande met with Petro Porohenko. Having congratulated him with the victory at the elections, he invited him to the celebration ceremony of the anniversary of the allied army invasion in Normandy during World War II. The ceremony will take place on June 6th. This ceremony is to be attended by the leaders of many countries, particularly the US President Barack Obama will be present, as well as Queen of England, Elizabeth II.
Who they are, where they came from, what they represent
By Myroslaw Shkandrij
Although Vladimir Putin has so far stopped short of a full-scale invasion of Eastern Ukraine, he has used mercenaries trained by the Russian military to organize anti-government acts in the region. Who are these soldiers and where did they come from? A number of websites and bloggers have provided profiles of some fighters. It is evident from these profiles that the core group was trained by Russian military instructors, mostly in Krasnodarskii Krai in the Kuban. Some of the fighters have dubious pasts, all hold extremist right-wing views. Continue reading →
By Artem Bidenko: Political Scientist; Expert in Marketing Communications; Member of the Central Leadership Council of Ukrainian Platform
Aggression by the Russian Federation is limited not just to the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine. This has truly become an information war; as events get portrayed into the minds of the world community. Realizing the vagueness and weakness of its position,The Kremlin is desperately mobilizing all of its lobbying resources; to persuade various radical European organizations to support it. Continue reading →
On April 17, the Donbas Patriotic Forces Committee made a public appeal to the international missions and organizations observing events in Donetsk Oblast. The full text of their appeal follows below.
Dear members of international missions and organizations monitoring the events in Donetsk region!
There have been many records of human rights violations and political harassment in Donetsk Oblast in recent months. Patriotic citizens cannot express their national identity freely. Most of the Ukrainian citizens supporting our country’s territorial unity live under constant emotional pressure and fear, which is intensified by informational attacks from Russia’s side. Continue reading →
On April 11, about a hundred local pro-Ukrainian activists organized a flashmob in Mariupol. It was a peaceful event with blue-yellow flags. Suddenly two cars drove up to the activists, and people jumped out. One of them had a bat, which he started using to beat the rally participants (the others helped by knocking people off their feet). As a result, one person has a fracture with displacement, and another has a broken nose. However, the activists managed to take down four attackers, despite the fact that the police did not react to the aggression (the incident occurred in front of the Zhovtneviy police station). The flashmob participants directed the attackers to the police station, gave statements about the incident, but the next day it was found that all the attackers were released.
It’s worth noting that three of the assailants have criminal records for murder and robbery; one of them was wanted at the time of his arrest. But the humane Mariupol court dismissed all of them, placing one under house arrest (the one beating people with the bat). According to unconfirmed information, all attackers were redeemed by local deputy Yaroshenko. Moreover, it looks like the police will try to pin the whole case on the pro-Ukrainian activists, claiming that it was the activists who beat the attackers. Continue reading →
This morning, a sophisticated Russian ‘tourist’ was detected by the border guards of the Chernihiv detachment, together with the customs officers at the Khorobychi [Chernihiv Oblast] checkpoint. Continue reading →
NBC reported on April 3 2014:US Navy Sending Destroyer to Black Sea to Support Ukraine. Other agencies published more news about strong NATO support of Ukraine, including military intervention should Russia continue its advance into continental Ukraine. For example, Georgia Online reported on April 3, 2014 that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told iTV that NATO is not afraid of war with Russia.
Euronews reported that Moscow has called this the ‘verbal jousting’ of the Cold War.