Russian troops readying for invasion, Ukraine military on high alert

April 30, 2014 7:32 pm
Despite warnings from US and EU, a Russian battalion of T-72 tanks close in on the Ukraine border

Despite warnings from US and EU, a Russian battalion of T-72 tanks close in on the Ukraine border

 

Horlivka, 30th April, 2014: In spite of the economic turmoil at home due to the US and EU sanctions, Russian forces have continued to amass near the Ukrainian border while ‘Pro-Russian’ gunmen have seized more government buildings and taken more people hostage in East Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Aleksandr Turchynov today admitted that his police and security forces have been helpless to check the increasing influence of the gunmen in the East of the country.

In the face of this impending danger, the President has put his military on high alert and also called on the people of his country to speed up the creation of regional ‘fast response’ militias to check the threat.

“I will be frank: Today, security forces are unable to quickly take the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions under control,” Turchynov said at a meeting with regional governors.

The President said he strongly believed that these so called ‘insurgents’ in Eastern Ukraine were trained special forces and mercenaries from Russia and were acting under direct orders from Moscow.

The insurgents now control buildings in about a dozen cities in eastern Ukraine, demanding broader regional rights as well as greater ties or outright annexation by Russia.

 

Purposeful Provocation? Russian Military helicopters, gunships and jets constantly venture into Ukrainian airspace

Purposeful Provocation? Russian Military helicopters, gunships and jets constantly venture into Ukrainian airspace

Meanwhile, the Russian contingent on the borders of Ukraine look poised to invade as Russian aircraft continue to venture into Ukrainian airspace in what seems to be a deliberate attempt to draw the former Soviet nation into attacking first.

NATO estimates that over 50, 000 Russian Troops have been deployed near the border, including  the country’s Spetnaz special forces, T – 72 tanks, Mi Helicopter Gunships and Sukhoi fighter jets. Experts have identified that the military build-up is identical to the preparations Russia made ahead of its attack on Georgia in the Five Day war of 2008.

 

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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