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How the appointed govt of Ukraine will respond to this will be pivotal, imo they have there hands tied.
Head of Ministry of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov promises to get the situation in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv under control without bloodshed.
Lyashko want to block all internet resources separatists
#Russian operator: #Kiev Alpha special forces group is planning storm of government building in #Donetsk #Ukraine after midnight
#Russian operator: Ukrainian special forces are getting off buses at Borispol airport in #Kiev #Ukraine. Likely heading to #Donetsk
Asen, maybe you will know this and be able to give more accurate numbers, etc than Wikipedia or other sources. How many 'Special Forces' units does Ukraine have? Are they spread out across Ukraine? How well equipped are they and what are their overall numbers?
From a personal perspective I don't think it's about numbers which rightly or wrongly I think you are hinting at as well as the various military capabilities Russia has. Ukraine have some pretty decent bits of kit floating about. They make a lot of Russia's military equipment which is another reason Vladimir Putin can't let go of Ukraine. Also, if Russia were to invade, NATO would respond. No-one wants war but it's looking more likely everyday. Ukraine would need to start with air defences first, tank traps, etc.
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Having seen the incredibly weak response to all of this from the west, against the overwhelming Russian military power, what else can the Ukrainians do?
Perhaps their best move now would be unconditional surrender?
One on one against Putin's Russia would be a suicidal act of extreme futility. Not only that, it may be the strategic provocation the Russians would use as a pretext for an all out assault and invasion.
It is what it is.
#Ukraine special forces are heading from #Kiev to #Donetsk, pro-#Kremlin forces are discussing to break/cover/switch off airport lights
Euromaidan PR - BREAKING #Kharkiv separatists captured regional administration building. unian.net |PR News #Ukraine.
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NATO have no mandate to protect Ukraine?
The UN would not demand such a act either. That would mean the end of us all if NATO steps in.
edit on 27.06.08 by spy66 because: (no reason given)
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#Russian coordinator in #Donetsk #UA: let #Russian journalists in but not Ukrainian channels (especially not channel 5). They're our shield
Good to see Russia cooperating.
April 5, 2014 The Russian Federation has refused a U.S. request under the terms of the Vienna Document for a multilateral consultation to explain Russia’s military buildup on the Ukrainian border, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, Ambassador Daniel Baer, said today.
The U.S. Mission, as well as other participating States, subsequently requested a joint convening of the OSCE’s Forum for Security Cooperation and Permanent Council, which the Swiss Chair-in-Office will schedule for Monday, April 7, in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Such a meeting is foreseen under the Vienna Document’s risk reduction mechanisms, to consult on unusual military activities.
Baer expressed his disappointment with Russia’s unwillingness to engage on the issue of the military buildup, which is of serious concern to the international community. “The Russian Federation has declined an important opportunity under the Vienna Document framework to provide a credible rationale for massing many thousands of troops on Ukraine’s borders,” Baer said.
“Russia’s ‘explanations’ to date have ranged from contradictory claims that there has been no troop buildup, to statements that Russian forces there are engaged in routine exercises,” the U.S. Ambassador continued. “Monday's meeting will be an opportunity for OSCE participating States, all of which are signatories of the Vienna Document, to share information and seek better explanations from the Russian Federation. Given Russia’s recent violations of international law and their OSCE commitments, the international community is rightfully concerned by Russia’s military activity and its effects on regional peace and security.”
Ambassador Baer will be available to all interested media after the combined FSC-PC on Monday.