Ukraine Sends Special Forces To "Deal" With Separatists; Donetsk Police Chief Steps Down

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: The regional police chief of the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk said on Saturday he was quitting his post, bowing to demands from pro-Russian protesters. Above the police headquarters, the Ukrainian flag was no longer flying, and was replaced with a separatist flag, according to a Reuters witness. "In accordance with your demands I am stepping down," police chief Kostyantyn Pozhydayev told protesters.

So, one down?

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While the primary story regarding Ukraine remains the stand off between Kiev and the Kremlin over nat Gazprom's gas deliveries and Kiev's overdue, and as of today - officially halted payments - not a weekend passes without some city in eastern Ukraine falling to what are now called "pro-Russian separatists" and this Saturday is no different. While last week it was the eastern cities of Luhansk, Donestk and Kharkiv that saw their government building taken over and occupied by the "separatists", today it was the turn of Slaviansk, where masked men armed with pistols and rifles stood guard near the police station as hundreds of locals gathered around, some building barricades with car tyres.

According to Reuters, the masked men were wearing orange and black ribbons, a symbol of the Soviet victory in World War II that has been adopted by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Slaviansk is in the Donetsk region about 150 km (90 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border. Pro-Russian groups have also occupied public buildings in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, and are demanding autonomy from Kiev.

As is well known by now, officials in Kiev's Western-leaning interim government say Russian forces may be preparing to cross the frontier into Ukraine on the pretext of protecting the pro-Russian activists from persecution, though Moscow denies this. And since the narrative is quite clear, and since Kiev itself has been the most desperate to escalate the conflict with Russia into outright war in hopes of getting NATO backing, it is never quite clear just who is behind any provocation.

And as if to formally accelerate the fallout Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said police would deal very firmly with the group in Slaviansk. "There is a difference between protesters and terrorists," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Bloomberg added that Ukraine has sent special forces troops to deal with camouflaged gunmen occupying police station in Slovyansk in Donetsk region of east Ukraine, also citing Avakov's Facebook account. He added that the ministry response "will be very tough" with "zero tolerance for armed terrorists."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said Kiev was ready to listen to the demands of protesters in eastern Ukraine, but if negotiations fail, the police were ready to act. "We do consider that these actions are inspired and prepared in Russia and encouraged by some of the Russia agents in Ukraine," he told BBC radio.

More:

At least 20 armed militants wearing mismatched camouflage outfits took over the police and security services headquarters in the eastern city of Slaviansk, about 150 km (90 miles) from the border with Russia, seizing hundreds of handguns.

 

Police said gunmen later took over the local headquarters of Ukraine's SBU security service.

 

Ukraine's acting foreign minister, Andriy Deshchytsia, urged Russia to end what he called "provocative actions" by its agents in a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

 

Government buildings in two other Russian-speaking cities, Donetsk and Luhansk, have been occupied by separatists since last weekend, in what the new pro-Europe leadership in Kiev says is part of a plan drawn up by the Kremlin to dismember Ukraine.

Of course, it is indeed true that Russia is merely waiting for the opportunity to respond to "special forces" retaliation and escalate a la Crimea to protect the ethnic Russians living there. The only question is whether Kiev will respond this time, or fold completely like it did when Russia annexed Crimea after its western "allies" did absolutely nothing to assist the new government. 

Here is RT's take on events:

Anti-Kiev demonstrators have taken control of police office in the town of Slavyansk, Eastern Ukraine. The town's mayor, however, believes police have taken the side of the protesters, and are going to back their calls for a secession referendum. Kiev has promised a heavy-handed response and sent special forces there, but they are being blocked by demonstrators in the regional centre, Donetsk.

Clips from the scene:

Slaviansk is not the only city where separatists are revolting against the Kiev regime today: Donetsk is once again in the spotlight.

 

And in other news, Ukraine officially announced it was suspending payments to Russia for deliveries of gas. As has been extensively reported here, a large proportion of the natural gas which EU states buy from Russia is pumped via Ukrainian territory, so if Russia makes good on a threat to cut off Ukraine for non-payment of its bills, customers further west will have supplies disrupted.

Andriy Kobolev, chief executive of Ukraine's state-run energy company Naftogaz, said the increased price Russia was demanding for its gas was unjustified and unacceptable.

"Accordingly, we have suspended payments for the period of the price negotiations," Kobolev was quoted as saying in an interview with Ukraine's Zerkalo Nedely newspaper.

So congratulations America and Europe: you are now officially on the hook to pay for Gazprom's invoices. And to think it all started as a noble mission to "preserve democracy" in a country that sent its president in exile through a violent, Western-orchestrated coup.

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Smiley's picture

Sorry Ukraine, your body-guard is broke and has been castrated.  Betcha wish you held on those nukes now eh?

Element's picture

Someone or several someones got paid a whole lot of money to make those go away.

john39's picture

time for blackwater mercs to earn their blood money.

HardAssets's picture

john39:  "time for blackwater mercs to earn their blood money."

 

Check this story out -

 

https://02varvara.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/breaking-news-patriot-opolche...

SimplePrinciple's picture

Are they confirmed as Blackwater? Hard to know one mercenary from another.  ZH had said Graystone. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-07/russia-accuses-us-mercenaries-i... Greystone has denied it. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/greystone-firm-accused-disguising-mercenar... George Washington sent the Hessian mercenaries packing by crossing the Delaware on Christmas.  Perhaps the Ukrainians can achieve the same result, presumably before Chrismas. 

HardAssets's picture

@ SimplePrinciple:  Like so much 'news' its hard to sort out fact from ficition. Will be interesting to see what comes of it though. Given the level of admitted interference by the west in the region, its completely credible that they would do this.

john39's picture

Truth, justice and the american way?  Just repeat after me, the hate us because we are free.

NoDebt's picture

Unreported is WHERE the police chief went after stepping down.  Unconfimed reports have circulated that he fled west from Donetsk to the town of Donutsk.

Omen IV's picture

I dont think so - action begets reaction - NATO and serious Ukraine military response faces stoppage for all of Europe on gas transmission

Germany wants zero disruption

so the action by Ukraine authorities to stop paying for the gas - creates sequential reaction - for russia to stop transmission or not - if not  - must  put Russia in postion to respond on random pretext - local cops will suprevise referendum once covered by Russian troops and gas transmission will continue - EXCEPT - for western Ukraine will be shut off once Junction points are secured and make them cave on ALL demands in return for bargain purchase of transmission lines in trade for outstanding debt owed to Russia

Banks get squat!

USA must huff and puff - Germans in street on the side of Putin on this not Merkel

so what will USA do besides losing its reserve currency status?

Leaping Lizard's picture

But many of the junction points are in Western Ukraine.  How are they "secured?"  

StychoKiller's picture

Ukraine would be slitting their own throats by disrupting NatGas to the EU, because their supposed friendz would then be inconvienced.  These 4th-Reich fscks have painted themselves into a corner.

Leaping Lizard's picture

Go to Wikipedia.  Type in Greystone.  In the Other Uses heading, click on 

Academi pops up, Eric Prince's holding company for Blackwater.  To paraphrase Shakespeare, a Blackwater thug by any other name is still a Blackwater thug.

Fractal Parasite's picture

They always have to have these crappy names.

 

Rothschild (red shield)
Blackrock
Blackwater
Graystone
...

What next, fuckin' "pink wand"??

StychoKiller's picture

Let's go with "Winky, the one-eyed Wonder Worm!" :>D

basho's picture

send in the body bags. these guy are toast.

Stoploss's picture

Just as lomg as they have their big girl panties on..

agent default's picture

Sale of SS18 ICBM technology by the Ukrainias to the highest bidder.

http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/0D61DF0CCE299EAD44257CB3005789F2

(use google translate)

A very stupid move to get back to Russia.

agent default's picture

Yeah I am sure that if they had nukes, Russia would have tolerated a bunch of neonazis getting their hands on them. 

Smiley's picture

NATO never would have risked destabilizing a nuclear armed nation and the NeoNazis never would have attained any tangible influence.  Perception is reality, and perceived weakness is an invitation to have the will of others imposed upon you.

Buck Johnson's picture

No kidding, they where a bunch of fools giving up their nukes.  You are treated differently if you have nukes than if you don't. 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

AKA Blackwater mercenaries... and the proxy war goes hot.

Global Hunter's picture

By special forces I first thought they meant Treadstone err Greystone too

Element's picture

Blackwater staff could get a little home visit if they keep it up, a few Russan Spec-ops might say hi.

agent default's picture

http://www.icrc.org/ihl/WebART/470-750057

Blackwater boys better look out because mercenaries are not covered by the Geneva convention.

When the Russians said they will shoot on the spot any mercenary they get their hands on, they meant it and in fact it is perfectly legal to do so.

new game's picture

no hesitation, instant mind cordination to the physical target while pulling the trigger after the institanious sight alignment, free of any emotions resultive of the result. summary on my resume; am i hired?

SimplePrinciple's picture

Yes, but you must wear a black hat to avoid confusion.

agent default's picture

Vassili Blokhin recommended a leather apron and leather cap.  But mind you he was a true master of the trade, an artist, genius.  You know a bit like the Bernank was with the printing press, he was that good.  I am sure all those Blackwater hard asses would have loved the idea of an appointment with him.

Element's picture

 

 

"So congratulations America and Europe: you are now officially on the hook to pay for Gazprom's invoices. And to think it all started as a noble mission to "preserve democracy"... in a country that sent its president in exile through a violent coup."

"If you break it you own it" - PNAC

That worked-out so well with Iraq.

StychoKiller's picture

"They" broke it, but are refusing to pay for it!  Someone call the Cops!

Putin:  "Righteous Force, I has it!"

IReallyDontCare's picture

"zero tolerance for armed terrorists." The pot calling the kettle black.

SmilinJoeFizzion's picture

The one guy on this planet you don't want to owe money to is Vlad

tony wilson's picture

real kiev special forces from hungary,hereford,london,tel aviv,romania and washington dc.

the best rothschild teams money can buy.

the monsanto chevron contracts have already been signed the debt must flow in the resources out that is the law.

Infinite QE's picture

The only correction I would make is that it is US taxpayer money paying for this.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The only correction I'd make is that the US tax payers are "paying"** jack.

Not when the US.gov runs a budget deficit in the $ Trillion range, with said Deficit being "financed" via gimmicks between the Fed and the ECB (Brussels) - given that other countries have pretty much given up on buying US Debt.

** They are merely on the hook for said 'obligations' made in their name, w/o their knowledge or consent.

The countdown to Monetary Reset is on.  Tick, tock...

Infinite QE's picture

Yes sir, but the reset will be paid for by the citizenry, not the khazar overlords. A reset of a 50% reduction in the value of the US peso will mean advanced pain and suffering by the serf donkeys of the US.

StychoKiller's picture

Meh, put in on the "MasterCard", it's everywhere we want to be!

new game's picture

correction to correction-50 percent coerced and 50 percent printed

IridiumRebel's picture

Blood Red Moons are huge for world change. Tuesday ought to be fun.

PT's picture

Last year it was Comet Ison (Yeah, what did happen to New Thor?), the year before it was the end of the Mayan calendar, I guess one of these days one of those weird signs will co-incide with "the end" and we can declare that superstition the successful one for the day.

Dont like to be harsh - I like hearing these weird ideas, but they don't have a good track record.

 

On the other hand, "No-one knows the day nor the hour" so as long as someone out there is predicting "the end", we should be safe!  ...

HardlyZero's picture

Caligula had Incitatus and conversations with the moon.   It might all fit this time around.

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

that sounds awfully syzygy.

 

Tuesday is only the beginning of the end.  The really interesting Red Moon Rising date is Sept. 28 2015, the last of the Tetrad.

 

A total of 4 eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals will occur during the Apocalypse.  The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, will be followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and yet another on Sept. 28 2015.  

 

NASA:  Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

Previous Tetrads of Blood Red Moons:

The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition / Interpretation) says; “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel. If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.”

 

 

Is Israel going to be involved in a war during the blood red moons of 2014 and 2015?  According to ancient Jewish tradition, a lunar eclipse is a harbinger of bad things for Israel.  If that eclipse is blood red, that is a sign that war is coming.  And blood red moons that happen during Biblical festivals seem to be particularly significant.  There was a “tetrad” of blood red moons that fell during Passover 1967, the Feast of Tabernacles 1967, Passover 1968 and the Feast of Tabernacles 1968.

 


ThirdWorldDude's picture

Jewish religious holidays do not have a static date and always fall on the first night of a full moon.

Besides, tetrad lunar eclipses don't always mean bad things for jews - there was one in 1948-49, precisely at the time AngloZionists granted statehood to Israel. 

Conclusion: jews are only programmed that bad things happen during lunar eclipses; a programming that gives their leaders excuses to do stupid things during such events...

IridiumRebel's picture

Thanks for expounding. Now please down vote me.