Ukraine Update: Pro-Moscow Leader Arrested In Donetsk, Russians Block Border Cross Points

Tyler Durden's picture

While the biggest strategic news of the day is that the Crimean parliament voted to join Russia with a done deal referendum to be held in a few days, as well as collapse of the anti-Russian sanction lobby with Germany and others getting cold feet against boycotting Russian goods, the tactical developments continue. Of note: earlier today the leader of the most persistent pro-Moscow protest movement in eastern Ukraine was arrested at his home in the city of Donetsk on Thursday, a Reuters journalist who was with police on the raid said. Around 10 members of the SBU security service arrested Pavel Gubarev at his apartment in a five-story Soviet-era block in the eastern city, on charges of "infringing the territorial integrity and independence of the state". He did not resist.

Gubarev, a Donetsk businessman, had led protesters who blockaded the regional administration building and flew the Russian flag until they were removed on Thursday. He had called himself the "people's governor" and demanded lawmakers sever ties with Kiev and put him in charge of the police force.

So if Russia needed yet another pretext to claim there is repression of pro-Russian individuals, Kiev gladly obliged.

Perhaps this explains why, as Bloomberg reports, the Russian military is restricting access of Ukrainian border troops to check-point buildings, border service says on its website. Bloomberg cites the Ukrainian statement as saying that Russian military use ultimatums to urge Ukrainian border troops to move and take side of self-proclaimed Crimean government. Blocked points include those near Massandra and Yevpatoria.

And some other re-escalation news: also according to Bloomberg, Russian military sank Ochakov ship in the Black Sea near Donuzlav on the eastern coast of the Crimean peninsula. Passage to Donuzlav lake is now blocked and Ukrainian navy ships are locked inside the lake. Bloomberg cited a defense ministry statement.

Still think Putin was de-escalating?

But here is the punchline:


Which is why we fully expect John Kerry to make some more hollow threats and call it a day.

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achmachat's picture

is he wearing an Archduke Franz Ferdinand uniform?

Winston Churchill's picture

Close enough for Govt. (wet) work.

BaBaBouy's picture

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johnQpublic's picture

Russian military sank Ochakov ship in the Black Sea near Donuzlav on the eastern coast of the Crimean peninsula


how is this not the lead story?

now the rest of the navy is like fish in proverbial barrel

three dimensional chess....bitchez

e_goldstein's picture

While Putin plays chess, Obama is playing 'my little brony'.

Independent's picture

Ok so Putin blocks in Ukraine Navy, they basically have no boats, next step is Odessa, with control of the Black Sea and with a Russian majority there in that port city, which is the only other port of Ukraine, he is going to deny the sea to Ukraine and link up to Transniester, which already has Russian troops on the ground and is heavily armed and pro Russian.  They can outflank any Ukraine response.  I think things will move fast in the next few days.  The west is pushing and is getting slapped each time by Putin.

SDShack's picture

Yep, I said days ago the coup plotters in Kiev thought they had won with their siege, but they really failed by only laying siege to one city. Now they are finding out that all the power centers are in the East & South.... military, financial, economic, industrial, energy, etc. Kiev is just an empty shell without those power centers. The coup plotters are now realizing they are on the receiving end of the siege going forward.

Volkodav's picture

They never had that much support, especially after showed real face and their tactics and identity come to light...

Announcing pension cut and other future depradations should finish them.


Dollarmedes's picture

"...Germany and others getting cold feet..."

It's not "getting cold feet" so much as the anticipation of getting cold feet...when their gas is turned off.

tonyw's picture

I'm sure this is just an old Russian ship that has unfortunately sunk due to a mechanical failure/human error blocking the channel, they'll remove it as soon as possible.


earnyermoney's picture

Putin stored his gold on that boat.

strannick's picture

What about self determination? Guess this new Uke PM is showing his fascist colors sooner than expected..

Omen IV's picture

second link tells a huge story very concisely!

strannick's picture

Ukraine doesn't support democracy?

john39's picture

banker cabal seems to be in a bit of panic...  tuned into national propaganda radio here in the U.S. this morning to check on big brother's point of view...  and was rather pleased to hear the desperation coming out of the talking heads' mouths... desperatly claiming that putin had to be stopped, punished...  but zero idea how or what to do.   what a great start to thursday morning.

silvermail's picture

"is he wearing an Archduke Franz Ferdinand uniform?"

Photoshop from faux news.

alien-IQ's picture

and why/how was a Reuters reporter "conveniently" with police at the time of the arrest?

Volkodav's picture

Someone please tell alien-IQ who owns Reuters...

mandalou's picture

they own a bank in England i Believe.

Againstthelie's picture

And tell him that the new Ukrainian PM is one of the tribe, too.

Rafferty's picture

Must indeed be alien IQ if you don't know who owns Reuters. Hint:  The same people who plundered Ukraine and are now in power in Kiev.

BadDog's picture

Cool threads, checking my territory ahead catalog

Big Corked Boots's picture

Do they have the boots to go with it?

Truther's picture

Check mate.... Barry

besnook's picture


pashley1411's picture

I wonder who drummed up that provocation.    You really think arresting him is going to make any difference?

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

he is in a marching band?

Sufiy's picture

Guess who is killing the NSA Bitcoin scam now

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 One mystery is solved: Satoshi Nakamoto is found and another one: when this bubble will be finally over will be found soon. Warren Buffet has discussed it recently and dismissed Bitcoin as a currency, as a store of value it is not working very well for the latest buyers from the last Fall. It will be more and more difficult "to find another fool" to buy it at a higher price after all recent news about Mt. Gox bankruptcy, millions of lost Bitcoins and crucial technical fault in Bitcoin architecture allowing it to happen. Constant attacks from the  Central Banks around the world will only add to the pressure on FIAT alternative. There is no "Gold 2.0" - there is only one real Gold and not so much of it left now.

  After these revelations about Satoshi Nakamoto pedigree and his long history of working on highly classified projects  you can think for yourself from what point in time NSA has been really involved in this project and what will be the implications on Bitcoin crowd of "freedom fighters" with further investigation reports coming out. The destiny of Bitcoin speculators we can learn from the history.

"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."

fonzannoon's picture

Tyler you are letting you comments section get bombed with threadjacking blog pimpers.

Spastica Rex's picture

I like real Spam - with eggs and rice.

Big Corked Boots's picture

(can't believe nobody else posted this... or am I the only person who doesn't tire of it?)

superflex's picture

Once is fine, but pimping this shit in every thread is full retard.


BudFox2012's picture

Thank god the sanctions on Russia have not been put in place.  I ordered a mail order Russian bride last week, and I'd hate to have her held up in customs for a couple of years...

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

when they are done with her , you can have her

BudFox2012's picture

Not true.  I'm sure the TSA will find her to be a person of interest after customs is done with her, and detain her in a closed interrogation room for 6 or 7 monts.  Then ICE and DEA still get there shots at her too. 

Debugas's picture

it is a mess there, people taking sides and fighting for power

many heads will roll

the tru challenge now is how to settle it all down with as little blood as possible and as fast as possible

deepsouthdoug's picture

Those arm pad thingies in your photo op look a little thread bare fella.

Iam Yue2's picture

Only eight hours late on that story about the arrest .........

shanearthur's picture

 "Now youz can't leave!" - A Bronx Tale

forwardho's picture

It would, in the long run, be less embaressing ,if the U.S. Diplomatic corp got on thier knees and kissed putins naked ass at high noon in the middle of the street.

"Better to keep ones mouth shut, than to open it and remove all doubt"

1000yrdstare's picture

YOU FOOLS! you gott he wrong guy! that's the bellhop!!!

SpanishGoop's picture

Russia better leave the US/EU a way out.

I am sure they will take it, just to save face.