The 'Crackdown' Begins: Ukraine Launches "Anti-Terrorist" Operations In Eastern Ukraine, Arrests 70

Tyler Durden's picture

Despite Russia's veiled threat that any ongoing action against pro-Russian demonstrators had the potential to instigate civil war and bring action by the Russian forces, Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov has announced, Reuters reports, that Ukraine has launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in the eastern city of Kharkiv and about 70 "separatists" have been arrested for seizing the regional administration building. Is this the red-line that Putin laid down last night?


As Russia made clear last night, as ITAR-TASS reports,

The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Ukraine to halt any interior military preparations, which could instigate a civil war in the country, the ministry was quoted as saying on its account.


“According to our information, units of the Interior troops and Ukraine’s national guards as well as militants from the illegal armed formation ‘The Right Sector’ are being amassed in the southeastern parts of Ukraine and in the city of Donetsk,” the ministry said.


We are particularly concerned that the operation involves some 150 American mercenaries from a private company Greystone Ltd., dressed in the uniform of the [Ukrainian] special task police unit Sokol,” the ministry said.

But, in the interests of stability,  as Ukraine also made clear yesterday, Reuters reports that

Ukraine has launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in the eastern city of Kharkiv and about 70 "separatists" have been arrested for seizing the regional administration building, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Tuesday.


On his Facebook page, Avakov said: "An anti-terrorist operation has been launched. The city center is blocked along with metro stations. Do not worry. Once we finish, we will open them again."


Ukraine's Interior Ministry was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency that those detained were suspected of "illegal activity related to separatism, the organization of mass disorder, damage to human health" and breaking other laws.

So, it is clear that Ukraine's crackdown - with US mercenaries or not - has begun. The question is how long will Putin stand for it?

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Thorlyx's picture

We will need more red lines.

achmachat's picture

does anybody already know where the announced "peace talks" between US, Russia and Ukraine are going to be held?

Thorlyx's picture

Both sides of the red sea.

weburke's picture

isn't this the same putin that came running when george bush senior called him to maine, and george junior was pres? george bush senior is still higher on the totem pole than putin isnt he? or is he in rebellion? academy awards all around.

BlindMonkey's picture

I seem to recall that you are correct. However I would add that was when we had a decisive president that knew how to backup red lines. (Full disclosure: I am no GWB fan but Barry make me long for the days when the president at least attended briefings.)

john39's picture

McCain is on this- 'arm Ukraine'!

MOAR war, always the right answer when you are zionist stooge.

cossack55's picture

Denver would be nice.  Nothing better than passing torpedos as opposed to firing them.

caconhma's picture

"does anybody already know where the announced "peace talks" between US, Russia and Ukraine are going to be held?"

Yes, in the former underground Hitler bunker.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

I'm putin my money on Putin.

onewayticket2's picture

it's moments like these when i recall john kerry, presidential candidate ordering "swiss cheese" on his philly cheese steak and later asking at a pennsylvania hunting store "where can i get me a huntin' license?"


he's a phoney....and vlad can do whatever he wants....and they both know it.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

150 mercenaries is just enough to stir up trouble and cause a Russian

invasion of Eastern Ukraine. The U.S. probably intentionally leaked the

the use of mercenaries to rile the Russians into provocation. That way

they can blame the stock market crash on Russia. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

So, Yats and his thugs get to take over a country with Zio-American backing.  The Ukrainians or Russian-Ukrainians do NOT get to fight back.

And the Donetsk people get taken over by 150 Greystone Mercs, posing as Ukrainian Security.  What!  Lavrov/Putin could not see this coming?  The could not have lured these Mercs into a trap, rather than have them take over?  Remind me again who plays "chess" here?

BandGap's picture

Wonder f they make a red line Etch-a-Sketch.

My teenagers argue with more substance.

sessinpo's picture

Thorlyx   We will need more red lines.


You mean red blood

tradingdaze's picture

I was hoping for a Circle or maybe a Pentagon.

post turtle saver's picture

what we need is less bullshit innuendo around here from ITAR-TASS and RT and the like and more facts... not that the Putin nut swingers around here have any proof to offer at all... and, not they'll ever fail to neglect that Putin put his own such unmarked agents in Crimea so recently ago...

this behavior from Russia reminds me of the old adage, "whenever you point a finger at someone, three fingers point back at you"... bring it on you downvoting commie bastards, you know I'm right and the truth hurts

layman_please's picture

i'm sorry to say this but i think ZH has become a platform for russian government astroturfing. though it's true that operation earnest voice for which ntrepid won a $2.76 million contract for "online persona management" (commonly known as "sockpuppetry") operations was created by the U.S. military, it would be naive to think russian government would not be capable and willing to create it's own version of it and what could be better target group than 'paranoid' alternative news readers (though not paranoid enough when it's the enemy of their enemy). it would be incredible foolish of them to not to fight the (social) media propaganda war so no way this is not going on right now, especially when US (zunzuneo etc) and israel (students for israel hasbara, with $2000 grants for seminating pro-israeli views during their military operations) are fully engaged in it. 

i'm not sure if the votes are also the result of astroturfing or it reflects the readers sentiment, but it's safe to assume little bit of both which further augment each other.

ZakuKommander's picture

Putin's too smart to lay down "red lines."  Compare and contrast . . .

messystateofaffairs's picture

I notice that when Putin says "unacceptable" he means it and finds ways to back it up. Russia is strong from within cause her people are awake. As for pushing Russia over the edge via subterfuge and/or conventional forces, Putin is right now tuning up Russia's nuclear response capabilities. He would probably find the evisceration of Russia "unacceptable". In the meantime the wheels are coming off of Satans Babylonian Money Magic bus. Interesting times coming up just ahead.

OldPhart's picture

"We need more red lines."

yep, and as Putin continues to cross them we'll have one hell of a tic-tac-toe.

boogerbently's picture

How come when THEY call it "anti-terrorism", we call  BS ??

Thorlyx's picture

Depends which side of the red line you are.

BlindMonkey's picture

On the side of freedom, self-determination and peace?  


I know, I know.  There I go again with that crazy radical talk.

BandGap's picture

Great expectations, the time is soon coming where we will have to fight for these.

sessinpo's picture

  Thorlyx        Depends which side of the red line you are.


It's all BS. Though only a few of the propagandized will learn of it later.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Walking up to the plate and swinging in the clean-up position is Vlad Putin, batting 1.000, he's at the top of his game....

sessinpo's picture

 Thorlyx         Go Vlad, go!


Yes, Vlad, go. Go to hell with all the globalist including BHO

Gavrikon's picture

Whack that baboon!  Whack that baboon!

johny2's picture

unschedulled ICBM testing coming soon to a city next to you. 

Thorlyx's picture

A big Topol can ruin your day.

Two-bits's picture

I loved him in Fiddler on the roof!  

Dr. Engali's picture

Terrorism is the new racism. The term has been so over used that it has list all meaning. Every time the word is used people's eyes start rolling.

Uncle Remus's picture

[insert rolling eyes here]

RSloane's picture

Save your eyes for the great "racist terrorist" slur coming from a Jim Carney soon.

[insert eye rolling practice here]

Uncle Remus's picture

Oh, I agree with the good Dr. And he DID use the magic word.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Please, one man's "terrorist" is another man's "CIA operative"...

same as it ever was...

Thorlyx's picture

Yeah, they are assholes but they are our assholes. 

BandGap's picture

They are all dichotomies. One man's meal is another man's poison. Flip a coin, pick a side.

Freedom fighter = rioter

Terrorist = Freedom fighter


UselessEater's picture

Terrorism has been normalised into our daily lives and mind sets as ever prevelant, even though a car is more of threat to us. Sub-conscious programming inducing an increasingly compliant population. Say the word terrorism and most automatically think we need more govt security or govt action - they're hypnotised.

I wish there was more eye rolling.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

Are you saying that GM is putting out "terrorist" cars.

Oh the irony. 

Spastica Rex's picture

Unsafe at any speed.

Thank you, Ralph Nader!

messystateofaffairs's picture

In that case I'm keeping my old Dodge.

Leaping Lizard's picture

Good idea.  I would never buy a car newer than 15 years.  It could wind up on Diego Garcia.

moonstears's picture

They're under every rock, waiting to slap our women and eat our livers. Clinton in '16!

signed, Programed Sheeple