❁ Ukraine’s Violent Escalation

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MASTHEAD, Russia Today

                                                                                                 Published: August 09, 2014 10:34 Edited: August 10, 2014 00:40

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Ukrainian servicemen sit on an armoured vehicle with a Ukrainian flag as a convoy of Ukrainian forces drive towards the eastern city of Debaltceve, in the region of Donetsk, on July 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Genya Savilov)

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In less than a year, Ukraine has been plunged into a vortex of violence that doesn’t appear to have any end in sight. The vicious circle that started with Molotov cocktails thrown at riot police has now gone to ballistic missiles launched at cities.

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Protesters hold up their mobile phones as they attend a demonstration in support of EU integration at Independence Square in Kiev November 29, 2013. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to walk away from a deal that would have aligned his former Soviet republic more closely with the European Union sparked both anger and applause on the streets of Kiev on Friday. A sea of blue and gold, the colours of both the EU and Ukrainian flags, swept through the capital as people joined rival protests - one to celebrate closer ties with Russia, another to lament what they saw as a lost chance. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  

The Ukrainian turmoil started in November 2013, after President Viktor Yanukovich put on a hold on a key EU integration deal. Thousands of Ukrainians, outraged by what they saw as betrayal of their aspirations, responded with mass protests in Kiev.


Over the weeks the protests became increasingly violent, as right-wing radicals weighed in and the government attempted to tighten the screws. Eventually, Kiev turned into a scene of rioting, with protesters using Molotov Cocktails and guerrilla tactics to take over government offices.


Anti-government protesters aim their weapons during clashes with riot police in Independence Square in Kiev February 18, 2014. Ukrainian riot police advanced on Tuesday onto a central Kiev square occupied by protesters, after at least 14 people died in the worst day of violence since demonstrations erupted against President Viktor Yanukovich 12 weeks ago. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

The violence spiraled out of control a day after Yanukovich submitted to virtually all the demands conveyed to him by parliamentary opposition leaders. Snipers started shooting at both the protesters and the police in Kiev, triggering a bloodbath and a collapse of the government. The identity of the snipers remains unknown.

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After the coup, the new authorities in Kiev took steps such as an attempt to strip the Russian language of its official status in largely Russian-speaking eastern regions. A protest movement grew in response, only to be dismissed and retaliated against with the dispersion of rallies, arrests and kidnappings of protest leaders, and attacks on local politicians. Kiev pressure led to some protesters taking arms and storming local government offices much as their opponents had done months earlier.


Kiev declared the militias terrorists and Russian mercenaries and launched a military crackdown in the defiant east. Armored infantry vehicles were sent to cities like Mariupol in a demonstration of force, while mortar shells started falling on militia-erected roadblocks.

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2442210 06/02/2014 A Ukrainian fighter flies above Lugansk during a battle between resistance fighters and the Ukrainian National Guard. Evgeny Biyatov/RIA Novosti

Instead of a quick victory, the so-called ‘anti-terrorist operation’ stalled, with militias capturing police armories, some military depots and even the military hardware used against them. Kiev’s response was to deploy Su-24 bombers, Mig-29 fighters, Mi-24 helicopter gunships and other aircraft, since their military had unchallenged air superiority. Militias proved to have shoulder-launched SAMs in their arsenals.


Ukrainian tanks move along a road near Eastern Ukrainian village of Novoselivka Persha July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Angered by the armed resistance and hindered by the poor morale of their own troops, the Ukrainian government upped the violence ante. T-64BM Bulat battle tanks and heavy artillery pieces like 152 mm howitzers Msta and 152 mm field guns Giatsint-B joined APCs and mortars in the battlefield, laying waste to militia strongholds like Slavyansk.

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Rockets shoot off from a Ukrainian Grad multiple rocket launcher towards the position of pro-Russian militants in Donetsk region on August 7, 2014. A Ukranian fighter jet tumbled to earth in a fireball after it was blasted out of the air while flying low over rebel-held territory in the east of the country. An AFP crew saw the Sukhoi warplane explode in mid-air and the parachute of at least one pilot opening up in the clear blue sky. AFP PHOTO / ANATOLII STEPANOV

Among the heavy weapons the Ukrainian army uses are BM-21 Grad and BM-27 Uragan multiple-rocket launchers, a highly indiscriminate kind of weapon designed for destroying enemy forces in the field. If fired at a city, it cannot but cause multiple civilian casualties. Kiev denied doing so, but international rights group reported evidence to the contrary, adding that such actions may amount to war crimes.

 White Phosphorous                https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2KYuQtlMVRc

Another kind of weapon that is banned for use against residential areas is phosphorous ammunitions. Kiev reportedly shelled the militia-controlled Slavyansk with these on several occasions in violation of its own international commitments.

(This is the same weaponized furnace, White Phosphorous, “Whiskey Pete;” that in conjunction with 4th Generation Nuclear Weapons, reduced Fallujah to a smoking ruin. "Fire and Brimstone," as it is known to the more biblically inclined, was against the Geneva Convention then, and now. So who’s enforcing that these days? -ed)


2466315 07/21/2014 A satellite image showing the location of anti-aircraft missile system BUK M1 equipment in the area of the town of Zaroshchenskoye, Donetsk Region, on July 17, 2014, presented at the news conference of Chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operational Directorate Andrei Kartapolov and Chief of the Russian Air Force's Main Staff Igor Makushev on the crash of the Boeing-777 airliner in Ukraine./Ministry press service оброны Ru

In addition to heavy offensive weapons, Kiev deployed batteries of anti-aircraft missiles near the battlefield. The militias don’t have any aviation of their own, but the Ukrainian military claimed that Russia is sending its fighters and bombers to strike their positions and cities. Kiev hasn’t bothered to provide any proof of the claims, but they had Buk-M SAM launchers and radar stations on stand-by at the time a Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down in the area.

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The most destructive weapons Kiev was reported to have used so far are tactical ballistic missiles. CNN said at least three Tochka (SS-21 Scarab) missiles have been launched, each carrying up to 482 kg of explosives. The attacks were confirmed to German media by NATO sources, although the alliance later denied this.

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Evgeny 13.08.2014 11:08

Novorossiyan "Tank Catchers" vk. com/ wall-57424472_11798

Novorossiyan commanders formed units of "Tank Catchers" in order to beef up their fleet of armored forces. Those units’ task is to take a maximally possible number of weapons and ammunition from Ukroarmy. Novorossiyan brave soldiers often drive tanks and IFVs which left behind by columns and ran out of ammunition, capture crews, and send the technique for repair. Sometimes it's taken by force.

Hey, western courtiers, go ahead send more weapons there - It's so needed to Novorossians to protect their people and homes from Kiev junta. ;-)

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