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Kiev’s military faced off with protesters in east Ukraine on Wednesday to sort out their differences…and found none. Soldiers appeared reluctant to go into battle against anti-government activists.
One YouTube video of what happened next shows a woman coming to a soldier with the reproach: “You are the army, you must protect the people.”
“We are not going to shoot, we weren’t even going to,” is the soldier’s reply.
Military vehicles parked in downtown Kramatorsk have turned into hotspots for political discussion, with people beside the vehicles trying to get their views through to people on top of the tanks.
Another video features the Kramatorsk crowds loudly chanting “Army with the people” and applauding the soldiers as they were leaving their APCs.
“Guys, we are with you! You are great!” women are heard yelling to the vacating soldiers.
Six Ukrainian military vehicles in Kramatorsk actually switched sides and began flying Russian flags on Wednesday.
Around 60 crew members of Ukrainian armored vehicles sent to Kramatorsk for carrying out the military operation against anti-government protesters, have switched sides and joined the local self-defense squads, according to RIA Novosti, citing the self-defense leadership.
“We’ve seen here, that these are neither separatists nor terrorists, but ordinary local residents, with whom we are not going to go to battle,” one of the defected soldiers said.
All of the troops who decided to side with the self-defense come from the Dnepropetrovsk region, neighboring with the Donetsk one.
This YouTube video shows an encounter where some of the Ukrainian military vehicles raise Russian flags, while others raise the flags of the Donetsk People’s Republic that the supporters of federalization want to establish. The crowd reacted with loud cheers.
“Both sides were simply standing there and smoking, waiting for God-knows-what. Then the local militia came to the scene, and asked the locals to step back and started negotiations. The soldiers were asked if they would like to surrender. They thought a little bit – and agreed,” Vladimir said.
The soldiers and civilians started fraternizing very quickly and soon were joking about “coming for a visit without weapons next time.” Many of the soldiers put on St. George’s ribbons, the traditional Russian emblem used to commemorate the Soviet Union’s fight against Nazism in World War II.
Maybe we can all agree the BANKS and the BANKERS.....the CORPORATE STRUCTURE OF THE WORLD.....is the real enemy of mankind......
Whern we finally do (and we will).........look out!
I have read a story about these Ukraine soldiers that "switched" sides earlier today, and after a couple of hours this information had been changed to Ukraine soldiers are kept as prisoners.
And yes, these people really look like terrorists.edit on 16-4-2014 by Nikola014 because: (no reason given)
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It seems that you have misinterpreted my post. I was just pointing out on how stories are been changed to whatever serves West the best( woah, what a rhyme ) in order to justified their any future actions against people of Ukraine.
And it was a sarcasm, obviously.edit on 16-4-2014 by Nikola014 because: (no reason given)
Seems a bit weird that soldiers would turn on their own apparent government. What the hell is going on over there?
This is no wonder.
Although it is strange that they went to fight against the "Terrorists" in the first place.
Like the other poster suggested.
It may be that they're are prisoners and not defectors.
Or they have understood the other sides perspective and like their idea/ideology better.
After all there is currently no legitimate government.edit on 16-4-2014 by TheRyder001 because: (no reason given)
First of all, the soldiers seen on the armoured vehicles entering the village are not the Ukrainian soldiers. These guys have orange ribbons. Please inform correctly. And also, I can tell you are pro-russin, that's why you posted only the RT Links but those are not the full videos. I guess that's why RT posted them. You can find the full videos on EuroNews where you can also see that the Ukrainian soldiers were surrounded by military men and not only towns people. I can understand RT cutting the videos so people can't see the other, "non-existant" military force.
indeed, no military, just regular folks
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Seriously? Regular people driving military vehicles? Seems legit.
I thought that those kind of things happens only in Russia.