Ukraine to deploy troops in anti-terror operation..bluff called..Hague and Kerry jump up and down and stamp their feet
Ukraine is deploying troops in a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine’s President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address.
The previous president, who fled to Russia after being ousted earlier this year, accused the CIA of being behind the decision.
Turchynov said the Ukrainian Security Council decided to use the army because “we’re not going to allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in Ukraine’s east.” He pledged amnesty to anyone who lays down arms by Monday morning.
Speaking hours later on Russian state television, Viktor Yanukovych claimed that CIA director John Brennan had met with Ukraine’s new leadership and “in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed.”
There was no independent confirmation that Brennan was in Ukraine or in any way involved in the decision to send troops to the eastern part of the country, where armed pro-Russia men have seized a number of government buildings. CIA officials in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the AP.
Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests in Kiev, the capital, that were ignited by his decision to back away from closer relations with the European Union and turn toward Russia. He fled to Russia, saying he feared for his life.
Ukraine now has “one foot into a civil war,” Yanukovych said Sunday. He was flanked by his former prosecutor general and head of the Security Service, the two associates most despised by the Kiev protesters.
Thousands of pro-autonomy demonstrators rallied across eastern Ukraine, with the coup-imposed president in Kiev threatening to use military against the activists if they don’t clear the seized government buildings by Monday morning.
Over 10,000 people have taken part in protests in different town and villages of the Donetsk Region in Ukraine, the local administration said.
In the region’s capital, Donetsk, the local government headquarters still remain under the anti-Maidan activists’ control. Sunday, one of the leaders of the recently-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, once again stressed the urgent need “to send activists, who’ll prepare a referendum, to different towns of the Donetsk region” as he spoke at a rally in city’s center.
The recruitment of volunteers, eager to travel to Slavyansk and other towns in eastern Ukraine where“an anti-terrorist operation” against the protestors by the Ukrainian security forces is underway, also took place during the rally. Over 100 people volunteered by mid-day Sunday, with buses already prepared to take them to their destinations.
In a new sign of desperation, Ukraine’s acting president asked the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to the east of the country, where pro-Russia militias have seized government buildings and blocked major highways with seeming impunity.
A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for the militants to vacate occupied buildings passed earlier Monday without any signs of an effort to enforce it, while militants, in an apparently coordinated strategy, used the day to seize another police station in an eastern town, then hoist a Russian flag over the building.
Rather than enforce the ultimatum, the acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, reiterated offers of concessions to grant more local autonomy in the east, on a day of wavering between the limited military and political options available to the new and still wobbly government in Kiev.
empty threats that came to nothing..more pro-russian activists taking control in more towns..and no proof any of them are from the russian military..kerry and hague wondering why the russians dont listen to their warnings..heres a fucking tissue..go dry your eyes..
“Viktor Yanukovych claimed that CIA director John Brennan had met with Ukraine’s new leadership and “in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed.”
he is correct, brennan WAS in kiev..and he wasnt their to discuss the weather..
unelected, unrepresentative swill..running the show in ukraine..