Ukraine Says It Has Repelled A Russian Army "Invasion"

Tyler Durden's picture

With a day left until the critical, if widely expected, results from the Crimean referendum are revealed, it is worth recalling the main footnote in last night's State Department travel alert for Russia: "all U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to the border region, specifically the regions bordering Ukraine in Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, and Rostov Oblasts and Krasnodar Krai, should be aware of the potential for escalation of tensions, military clashes (either accidental or intentional)." See, for the purpose of a military provocation, "accidental" will do. It is therefore not surprising to see that moments ago all major news wires blasted the following headline, quoting the Ukraine ministry of defense:


The incursion allegedly took place in the Ukraine region of Kherson, neighboring the Crimea.

Below is a video allegedly showing the Russian military helicopters involved in the incursion:

Here is the full google translated statement from the Ministry website:

Another provocation on the part of members of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has failed.


Today, 15 March 2014, forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine halted the penetration of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Kherson Oblast from the "Arabatka." Response was made immediately.

AFP summarizes the incident as as follows:

Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of invading a region bordering Crimea and vowed to use "all necessary measures" to ward off an attack that came on the eve of the peninsula's breakaway vote.


The dramatic escalation of the most serious East-West crisis since the Cold War set a tense stage for the referendum on Crimea's secession from Ukraine in favour of Kremlin rule -- a vote denounced by both the international community and Kiev.


The predominantly Russian-speaking Black Sea region of two million people was overrun by Kremlin-backed troops days after the February 22 fall in Kiev of a Moscow-backed regime and the rise of nationalist leaders who favour closer ties with the West.


President Vladimir Putin defended Moscow's decision to flex its military muscle by arguing that ethnic Russians in Ukraine needed "protection" from violent ultranationalists who had been given free reign by the new Kiev administration.


But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had told Secretary of State John Kerry in London on Friday that Moscow "has no, and cannot have, any plans to invade the southeast region of Ukraine."


The invasion reported by the Ukrainian foreign ministry was small in scale and concerned a region that lies just off the northeast coast of Crimea called the Arabat Spit.


The Ukrainian ministry said 80 Russian military personnel had seized a village on the spit called Strilkove with the support of four military helicopters and three armoured personnel carriers.


The Ukrainian "foreign ministry declares the military invasion by Russia and demands the Russian side immediately withdraw its military forces from the territory of Ukraine," it said in a statement, "Ukraine reserves the right to use all necessary measures to stop the military invasion by Russia."


There was no immediate response to Ukraine's announcement from Moscow but Washington's UN representative Samantha Power called any new Russian troop movement in south Ukraine an "outrageous escalation".

So the official line is that the Ukraine repelled a Russian "military force" in a region inside east Ukraine and out of Crimea the day after Russia's foreign minister Lavrov said Russia has no plans to Invade Ukraine? Call us cynical, but something tells us if Russians wanted to "penetrate" east Ukraine, the would have done so without "being repelled."

Additionally, here is Reuters' take:

Ukraine's military scrambled aircraft and paratroops on Saturday to repel an attempt by Russian forces to enter a long spit of land belonging to a region adjacent to Crimea, Ukraine's defence ministry said.


"Units of Ukraine's armed forces today...repelled an attempt by servicemen of the armed forces of the Russian Federation to enter the territory of Kherson region on Arbatskaya Strelka," a ministry statement said. "This was repelled immediately."


It said the Ukrainian military used aircraft, ground forces and its aeromobile battalion in the operation. The territory in question is a long spit of land running parallel to the east of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, now controlled by Russian forces.

But just so Russia isn't accused of being inert, moments ago it too re-escalate the war of words and provocations, either accidental or intentional, and stated that:


Specifically, the Russian Foreign Ministry says in website statement that it will examine Ukrainians’ requests. Armed radicals are heading to eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Lugansk. Radicals provoked 2 deaths at pro-Russian rally in Kharkiv. The full statement is below:

On March 14 in Kharkov Ukraininan elements including the "Right Sector" arranged provocation against peaceful demonstrators who came to express their attitude to the so-called new government. As a result, the militants opened fire, killing two people, some were injured.


Of disturbing information that from Kharkov Donetsk and Lugansk left column with armed mercenaries "right sector" , whose leaders have announced the opening of the "Eastern Front" , and on one of the garment factories in Russia urgently sew uniforms.


At the risk of making the Verkhovna Rada of legitimizing the "right sector " and other radicals by converting them into system power structures like the National Guard

paid attention Secretary of State John Kerry Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their meeting in London on 14 March . of While Lavrov urged John Kerry to use Washington's influence on Kiev to curb rampant ultra- nationalists.


Russia To receive many calls asking to protect civilians. These applications will be considered.

Meanwhile in Crimea, the Russian flag is already flying above the Crimean Supreme Council:

And finally, just in case things weren't exciting enough, the US appears to finally be flexing its muscles too.


From Reuters:

The USS Truxtun, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, will carry out more exercises with allied ships in the Black Sea, its commander said on Saturday, in a further sign of the international response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Commander Andrew Biehn was briefing reporters aboard the 300-crew destroyer as it lay docked in a Bulgarian port.


The USS Truxtun last week took part in drills with Romanian and Bulgarian ships a few hundred miles from Russian forces that entered Ukraine's Russian-majority of Crimea after mass protests toppled the country's pro-Moscow president.

If all this has happened while it is still light in Ukraine and before the Crimean referendum, we can't wait until darkness falls on Sunday night.

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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The USA should stay out of this.  And, for once, I would take the Dept. State seriously on this one too: US citizens would be unwise to travel there.  They are making it obvious that something´s up that they know about.

Levadiakos's picture

Admit it. You love a shirtless Putin in his leather pants riding bareback with a viking hat on top.

IridiumRebel's picture

Admit it. You love to eat dicks. You're the one creating the homo erotic fantasy. Stay on topic and provide useful commentary, shithead.

Sofa King Confused's picture

BS if the russians wanted to invade they would have.  They were just lost and nobody could read the map.

old naughty's picture

"They are making it obvious that something´s up that they know about. "

Could it be "Sky Dreadnought" ?


Abi Normal's picture

Let em roll, let em what most would say.  What if Russia didn't stop rolling there?  Then what...even so Russia has invaded Crimea (even if they had it until 1954 and decided to give it up and pay rent for their fleet.

This could lead to a much wider conflict, and as you all can see, there are a lot of hotspots right now, all in place and ready to go...FUCK the NWO and all their trick ponies!


flacon's picture

This should be good for another 15 points HIGHER on the S&P..... or NOT. 

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

These are classic tactical moves by the Russians. Launch a weak offensive at a non-key location and make a quick retreat. Build overconfidence within the Ukraine army. The bulk of the forces will invade elsewhere as a surprise. Easily take the country. Game over in the next week for Eastern Ukraine.

Lore's picture

Vamp, you aren't thinking clearly. No offense, but turn off your TV, get your shit together and ask yourself: WHY would Russia do anything at this juncture?  THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING.  Only the opposition would benefit from the PERCEPTION OF an incursion. Case in point, as discussed on ZH previously: 

Hacked Email from U.S. Army Attache in Ukraine - For False Flags to occur so U.S. can take military action against Russia (12-Mar)

On a different note: Since 1-Mar-2014, the price of Gold has gone from $1349.90 to $1381.80:  up $30.00 (a drop in the bucket in percentage terms).  The price of Silver has gone from $21.47 to $21.46:  down ONE CENT.  If allegations are true, it appears that JPM and associates have been very successful in suppressing the price in the face of current affairs and unprecedented global demand. 

If I was Mr. Yatsenyuk, trying to do right by the Ukrainian electorate (HA!), I would be concerned for the security of the bullion belonging to the Ukrainian people.  Perhaps it ought to be repatriated to the Ukraine.

TerminalDebt's picture

They should remove that idiot McCain from there before he does more damage.

When's the rest of the world going to ask questions about the illigitimate "interim" government in Ukraine?

How is it that a section voting for independence is illegal while non elected government is allowed to represent the country on the internationa stage?

Pinto Currency's picture


The best way to repel a Russian invasion is to run Yats and George Soros clear out of the Northern Hemisphere to some desert island with no comm.

Evil Peanut's picture

I laughed so hard at this news I think I peed my panties a little bit hahahahahaha

Lore's picture

Please explain. I see no humour.

Unknown User's picture

Even if Russia wanted Ukraine (which they don't) Russia does not need to fight at all to get it. If you haven't noticed, the new "government" has no money. EU only gave them promises and US is in no rush to give them money since half of the country is going to rebel against Nazis in Kiev shortly. So investing in that mess is stupid. Meanwhile, the only thing that can keep the Ukrainian government afloat is war backed by US money. This is why they are trying hard to start something.

As for invasion. Russians are on the territory of Crimea at Arabat Spit.,3...

March 15, 18:14 GMT: The Crimean self-defense forces have prevented an attempt to damage a gas pipeline at the Arabat Spit, said the Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov as cited by Itar-tass.

"Those trying to damage the equipment - according to preliminary data, up to 40 people – introduced themselves as employees of the Border Service of Ukraine and quickly left the station," said Aksyonov.

In connection with the incident, Aksyonov has asked the Russian Black Sea fleet to keep watch over the gas distribution station in the area.

old naughty's picture

You're kidding, right? When report says US Cigar-shaped 3000 feet long flying craft using no engine but maneuvering only "gravity" (not the movie) and weapon-tested in Iraq War Two to "deter" Putin?


Ooops, Russia is ready to cross the line, despite...


silvermail's picture

I think, that the whole world has gone mad.
About what kind of "invasion" of Russia can be discussed, if Russia acts on the basis of a request for military assistance, on behalf of the legitimate and democratically elected Ukraine President?
Yes, the whole world has gone mad. Because now, we call as "Ukrainian government" illegitimate, criminal rebels, who came to power undemocratically.
Criminal rebels, which represent a minority of the population of Ukraine. And which made the seizure of power in Kiev via massacres and who is in fact, are fascists.

People, you are normal or not?

There is at least one lawyer here, who thinks the law criteria, but not criteria blah blah blah from false propaganda ? Who of lawyers, can give the official conclusion, that criminal rebels which seized power in Kiev, came to power legally and democratically?
Or Washington's opinion, already finally and decisively replaced the any rule of law and universal norms of morality and ethics in our minds?

DutchR's picture

I think, that the whole world has gone mad.


green arrow from me


rest is ?

Dinero D. Profit's picture

The US has revealed an anti-gravity propulsion system with its 'sky dreadnought'  IMO anti-gravity propulsion systems were used to create crop circles, the intricate kind.  Combine this technology with molecular disassociation technology (low energy nuclear reactions) and KABOOM! one can not only dustify buildings, buildings as large as the World Trade towers, for an example, but tanks, ships, and all manner of stuff.

Get out your popcorn. This war will be 5th generation.  


Sky Dreadnought

Read the technical description.  

Zwelgje's picture

You sound like a German from late 1944 talking about Hitler's new 'Wunderwaffen'.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Probably some Russian soldier wanted to go to a brothel on the Ukrainian side of the line, and the Ukrainians turned him away.  Then the media got wind of this, and now the headline is "the Glorious Ukrainian Army Repelled The Evil Russian Invasion Forces"


In other words, a crock of shit.

Renewable Life's picture


By "repelled" they better hope they mean, fired some warning shoots at a scout unit, who pulled back and reported their positions!  Because if they mean killed any Russian soldiers, there's going to be a whole lot of dead Ukrainian 18 year olds in a minute!  

If you read the blogs coming out of the region and not pay attention to the US dominated BS, even the Euromaiden crew in Kiev, is starting to question what happened and doesn't want the ultra-nationalist crowd running shit!

Putin justs has to wait for the votes to keep coming in and the defections to keep rolling out of E Ukraine, and the whole Country will be back under Russian influence by Summer, without a shot fired! 

The real question, as it always is, is what do the US/EU interests do in the face of another humiliating defeat? I fear some 18 yera old Ukrainian boys will still have to die!

czardas's picture

Yeah they better because everyone knows it's normal for one country to send its troops into a neighboring nations and take control - Dumbass

Renewable Life's picture

Hey govt troll, here's a thought for your brainwashed pea brain.......can you spell


Need I go on.....dumbass?????

FMR Bankster's picture

Quite right. This situation is exactly why our founding fathers wanted us to stay out of other countries problems. The borders in this part of the world have shifted so many times that ethnic groups who consider themselves Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Germans, and many others have shifted from country to country without ever leaving their village or town. I understand it's a threat to stability in that part of the world but it's none of our business.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Japan, Germany, Korea have substantial US bases, as well.

But somehow when the troops are 'world police' whether they are on foreign soil or home soil seems to matter little... Oh, the hypocrisy.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Yeah they better because everyone knows it's normal for one country to send its troops into a neighboring nations and take control

Not normal, but definitely the American way of doing things.

3x2's picture

But it is, and always has been, 'normal'.

The EU has been interfering with vital Russian interests and the bluff has just been called. They, The EU, now understand that The Russian Federation will not tolerate expansion into the 'buffer' zone.

Do go and read Make sure you read the actual document cited, especially 'article 10'.

If you really want a good overview then ... [...] It was very much part of a concerted programme to detach Russia from its allies, under a programme called the "Eastern Partnership policy", encompassing Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine [...] The EU has just had its tentacles burned. It has been warned that future interference will not be tolerated by The Federation.

Berspankme's picture

Dumbass? You are a fucking hypocrite. 

palmereldritch's picture

The best Soviet propaganda is always written in the west because they invented it. 


Expect more demonization of Russia as the belligerent aggressor leading up to the referendum so that for world opinion the results of that vote can then be represented as coerced and illegitimate.

Ghordius's picture

not belligerent, not much. not aggressor, not much. yet factually promoting civil discord in the territory of a sovereign neighbour nation. how about... naughty? yet of course also concerned. about the welfare of nationals in foreign countries

the real fight here is about legitimacy. hence non-soldiers in non-uniforms and no badges. I have to admit it would not even work without some legitimacy by the presence of Russian-speaking populations

yet the referendum can't by all means be presented as uncoerced and fully legitimate if there no international monitoring is allowed, not even from strictly external parties

palmereldritch's picture

History is written by the victors and we are watching the narrative of the war of perception unfold in real-time...

I agree about the international monitors but (not making excuses) for Putin now, time is of the essence

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


yet the referendum can't by all means be presented as uncoerced and fully legitimate if there no international monitoring is allowed, not even from strictly external parties

The Swiss observers don't count?


Oops, sorry. Four days ago, the OSCE chair, who is also Switzerland's foreign minister, opined that the referendum was illegal under Ukrainian law and thus the OSCE will not be sending observers.

Nevertheless, Ukrainian Pravda reported that Russia formally invited all Russian speaking EU citizens and expats to be election observers. As of today, RT reports that nearly 70 observers from 23 countries are registered to observe the referendum.,_2014

silvermail's picture

You are wrong. OSCE observers received official invitations to come to the Crimea to the referendum. But they refused. Earlier in the Crimea did not let come OSCE military observers, who did not have a proper mandate and his visit with the Crimean authorities did not agree - not documented. 
They were trying to get to the Crimea in agreement from Kiev.
But Crimea does not recognize as legitimate criminal rebels, who seized power in Kiev, by force of arms.

LMAOLORI's picture



Maybe the Russians were just busy elsewhere and that was a distraction lol


Russian Troops Seize Gas Plant Beyond Crimean Border, Ukraine Says
PT's picture

Hmmm, where have I seen this sort of thing before?  Oh yeah:

In 1976, Australia Post refused to handle Hutt River mail, forcing mail to be redirected via Canada. Following repeated demands by the Australian Taxation Office(ATO) for the payment of taxes, on 2 December 1977 the province officially declared war on Australia. Leonard Casely notified authorities of the cessation of hostilities several days later.[10] The declaration was simply legal maneuvering, Casley wrote to the Governor-General; "Sovereignty is automatic to a country undefeated in a state of war...and if the state of war is not recognized by the other party, once the notice is given then these conventions apply to their relations."

Coming to think of it, some of you guys may find these links quite helpful.  Don't go getting any ideas - he he he ...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight them everywhere.  They are trapped everywhere in the country.  We have them on the run...

flacon's picture

Hahhahaa..... As much as I hate government, this is just priceless! I hate to say it, but I love this guy, he's so funny in a black humour sort of way. 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Bagdad Bob could form a company and IPO with huge share price.  He could sell strategic advisors around the sorld to advise and inform the public on what is going on.....

Berspankme's picture

I thought Bagdad Bob reappeared as John Kerry?

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Escape via the Crymea River.....


Justin Timberlake

mofreedom's picture

Head west young Putin...take Odessa/Yuznhe (sp)!

mofreedom's picture

I free to admit I'm more worried about our local dog catcher types in USA pointing their guns at the back of our heads making us comply or they pull the trigger than a putin telling me that gays can't dance