Putin has right from the start wanted only regional autonomy for the east,not a merger with Russia.It will serve as a useful pro-Russian buffer entity.The Crimea however was an absolute,the "crown jewel" of the Ukraine,very Russian in history and of immense strategic value,HQ of the Black Sea fleet which monitors the Meditt.,and ensures Russia a significant position of influence in the Middle East as we've seen in the Syrian conflict with Russian naval forces making their presence felt. The reported plans to beef up the Black Sea fleet with new subs and surface warships in indicative of the seriousness with which Russia regards its Black Sea fleet and strategic nature of its Crimean territory.
Interestingly,RT reports of the US's air strikes in Iraq for "humanitarian" reasons.A perfect precedent to use in the east in support of indiscriminate attacks in the east by UKR forces,with heavy collateral damage. A hospital in the Donetsk area was reportedly hit with casualties.Kiev however simmers on.http://rt.com/news/178944-kiev-ukraine-blast-injured/Two people injured in blast in central Kiev
Published time: August 08, 2014
Fierce fighting on the UKR border,UKR forces lose about 15 soldiers/border guards killed and have had to retreat from the border in the Lugansk area.Another UKR fighter was shot down on Thursday.The situation is tense in Donetsk as the republicans are trying v. hard to stave off the UKR offensive which is indiscriminately shelling civilian areas.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/a ... e-shellingThree civilians killed and 10 injured in overnight shelling of Donetsk
Man says his godmother died as artillery barrage hit four apartment buildings in east Ukraine rebel stronghold
At least three civilians have been killed and another 10 wounded in overnight shelling of the main rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine besieged by government forces, officials said.
Local people said a rebel rocket launcher recently seen in the area may have been the target.
The Donetsk city council said four apartment buildings in the southern part of the city were damaged by artillery. Shocked residents gathered around in the morning; some left flowers on the pavement to commemorate the victims.
"Nina, my godmother, was blown into pieces right in front of the apartment. They were only able to identify her by her dressing gown," said 55-year old Yevgeny Isayev. He pointed at a crater left by a projectile that landed next to the building's entrance.
Another resident, Marina Barsuk, 53, said the shelling came a few days after rebels had positioned a Grad rocket launcher near the apartment building and fired at Ukrainian positions. She and other residents believed the shelling came from the Ukrainian side in retribution.
Such exchanges of artillery and rocket barrage have raised the death toll among civilians as the Ukrainian forces have closed in on the main rebel bastion.
In an ominous signal that fighting is likely to escalate further, a top rebel leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, boasted on Thursday about seizing 18 Grad systems from the Ukrainian military.
Government forces and the rebels use the same Soviet-made Grad – Russian for hail – launchers, which fire unguided rockets at a distance of up to 12 miles. Their accuracy is very poor, making collateral damage from shelling populated areas inevitable.
Ukrainian officials have adamantly denied that government forces were shelling populated areas, but witness testimony has pointed to the contrary.
Explosions were also heard elsewhere in Donetsk overnight, but there was no immediate word about casualties there.
Ukrainian troops routed pro-Russian insurgents from smaller towns in the region this month and have encircled Donetsk, where fighting has crept closer to the city centre. The city council said it was working to keep transport services running and to repair gas networks in apartment buildings. An estimated 300,000 of the city's million residents have fled.
The insurgency in mostly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine flared up in April following Moscow's annexation of Crimea in response to the removal of Ukraine's pro-Russia former president. Ukraine and western countries have accused Moscow of backing the mutiny with weapons and soldiers.
The west also accused Russia of providing the insurgents with surface-to-air missiles that may have been used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over rebel-held territory on 17 July, killing all 298 people on board. The Russian government has repeatedly denied all those charges.
Austin has a valid point.The Russian elite were seduced into believing that the West would welcome them and their investments,moolah,with open arms,embrace them as true partners in progress,peace,blah,blah.But the insidious expansion of NATO showed the West's true colours. All that the West wanted was Russia's wealth and Russian billions invested in Western/European banks,with lucrative partnerships in Russia's energy sector. However,the asinine sanctions imposed by pressure from O'Bumbler and the Cold War warriors of the West,particularly the Brits-who have never forgotten about the Russian Revolution and elimination of the Czar,relatives of the British royalty,where the King,Kaiser and Czar were cousins.And these three royal buffoons,idiots,cretins and morons,incredibly led the world into WW1,in imbecilic fashion,which saw the downfall of the European monarchies.
It is Putin's destiny to reorient Russia's course in history.he has had a most difficult time over the last decade in first regaining control of Russia from the oligarchs and now strengthening its economy and military prowess. No wonder even at this time of UKR crisis his ratings have never been higher according to western media reports!
US warns Putin not to intervene for "humanitarian" reasons,calling it a would be "invasion",hypocritically forgetting its own massive invasions in recent years.Libya for example where it is fleeing in its underwear holding onto its essentials!
Russians warned not to use humanitarian crisis as 'pretext' to invade Ukraine
US tells President Vladimir Putin further intervention in Ukraine would be 'invasionhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... raine.html