Ukraine Mobilizes Military, Gives Separatists Ultimatum; Russia Slams Escalation As "Criminal", Yanukovich Warns Of Civil War

Tyler Durden's picture

If Russia's intention was to give Ukraine enough "escalation" rope with which to hang itself once again, it may have succeeded when a little over an hour ago acting president Oleksander Turchinov said in a televized address that Ukraine has mobilized its armed forces to launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists. Furthermore, knowing the only real escalation Kiev can engage in is in the war of words department, Ukraine set an 0600 GMT Monday deadline for pro-Russian separatists to give up their weapons and leave buildings they have occupied in the east of the country, a presidential decree said. It is unclear if this would be the catalyst to launch the military operation, but should Kiev indeed bring in the army it is certainly clear that Russia will respond in kind.

Reuters reports:

Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two of his comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until Monday morning to lay down their weapons.


He blamed Russia, which opposed a pro-Europe uprising that forced Moscow-backed former president Viktor Yanukovich to flee, for being behind the rash of rebellions across Russian-speaking towns in eastern Ukraine.


"The blood of Ukrainian heroes has been shed in a war which the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine," he said in an address to the nation. "The aggressor has not stopped and is continuing to sow disorder in the east of the country."

Russia promptly responded, alleging Ukraine's planned operation is criminal:

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that an announcement by the authorities in Kiev that they will mobilise the army to put down a rebellion by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine was a "criminal order".


The ministry said the West should bring its allies in Ukraine's government under control. "It is now the West's responsibility to prevent civil war in Ukraine," it said in a statement posted on Facebook.


It also said that Russia would put an urgent discussion of the situation in eastern Ukraine on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council.


"The situation in southeastern Ukraine is taking on an extremely dangerous character. The authorities in Kiev, who put themselves in power as a result of a coup d'etat, have set a course to use force to put down popular protests," the statement said.


"We decisively condemn attempts to use brute force against protesters and activists ... We are particularly indignant about the criminal order of (Ukrainian Acting President Oleksander Turchinov) to use the army to put down protest."


The statement said the West had sponsored the rulers in Kiev and should now "rein in its out-of-control proteges, force them to distance themselves from neo-Nazis and other extremists, stop using armed force against the Ukrainian people, and immediately start a genuine dialogue".

As usual, the only solace out of NATO was issuing wordy statements:

With East-West relations in crisis, NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of men with specialised Russian weapons and identical uniforms without insignia - as previously worn by Moscow's troops when they seized Crimea - as a "grave development".

Adding even more fuel to what increasingly appear a civil war fire, was self-exiled president Yanukovich who said in a televized from Russia's Roston-on-Don that Ukraine is a foot in the door to civil war. “Blood was spilt today,” Yankovich told journalists referring to the events in the eastern city of Slavyansk. “Now our country finds itself in a totally new situation – with one foot in the door of a civil war. Kiev junta has issued a criminal order to use military forces.”

Part of the responsibility for dragging the country into domestic war lays on the US, which brutally interfere in the situation and to point out what to do, Yanukovich said. The ousted president declared that CIA chief John Brennan visited Ukraine and it was after the meeting that the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev ordered a military operation in the country’s east.


Brennan “de facto sanctioned” the use of weapons and thus provoked the bloodshed, Yanukovich said.


Ukraine is now “inexorably” heading towards bankruptcy, Yanukovich also warned in his speech.

So according to the counter-West narrative, it is the CIA's actions that have led to the escalation in the east, not Russian actions.  Bottom line: for now lots of enflamed words, yet no actual actions to resist the "pro Russia separatists." And in the meantime the casualties mount:

Though the Ukrainian military did not resist the Russian takeover of Crimea with force, Turchinov threatened robust action against the rebels in the east. "The National Security and Defence Council has decided to launch a full-scale anti-terrorist operation involving the armed forces of Ukraine," he declared.


Ukraine has repeatedly said the rebellions are inspired and directed by the Kremlin. But action to dislodge the armed militants risks tipping the stand-off into a new, dangerous phase as Moscow has warned it will protect the region's Russian-speakers if they come under attack.


One Ukrainian state security officer was killed and five were wounded on the government side in Sunday's operation in Slaviansk, interior minister Arsen Avakov said. "There were dead and wounded on both sides," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Looking ahead in terms of immediate catalysts, 0600 GMT is in a few hours hours, and certainly well before the US market opens. What happens then, certainly nothing if Russian response to previous Ukraine ultimatums is any indication, may determine of last week's sell off continues in earnest on Monday or if, by some surprising development, there is a relief rally.


Or just in time for the Nikkei open.

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kliguy38's picture

good for 20 on the spoos.... and sell gold hard.....

Oldballplayer's picture

Wouldn't folks turn to gold? 

Manthong's picture

? what happened to those special ops guys rapelling over terrorist air conditioners?

flacon's picture

I knew I shouldn't have held my S&P puts over the weekend. This horrible news will most likely send the Chuck Schumer index (aka SPY) to New All Time Highs on Monday. 

strannick's picture

Civil war, the fruit of Americas/CIA sowing democracy. "America ruins the world to rule it"

SilverIsKing's picture


Not to disrespect but on which day last week did you arrive on planet earth?

Latina Lover's picture

More useless talkings by the Kiev Kriminals.   They are losing, and they know it.

ZerOhead's picture


And time is not on their side which is why they need a crushing victory over the pro-Russian movement now. All Putin has to do is wait.

When "Yat the Rat" finally administers the IMF 'medicine' and asset strip to the Ukrainian population they will all fight to join Russia.

I mean somebody (the industrial East) has to pay that $140B debt to the bankers right?

Manthong's picture

Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of ‘world-shaking event’ 

Thank the dear Lord I was precient enough to go buy a couple cases of Jack yesterday.

If it lasts through the first moon I hope not to care enough get more for the second one.

And hmm.. why do the source dudes put that moon next to a Russian Orthodox onion steeple?

ZerOhead's picture

< Russia will invade

< Russia will be happy to sit quietly and watch the citizens turn on the neoNudelmen (and finally get paid the market price for it's gas)


MeMadMax's picture

I think the green light was given when putin struck a deal with the EU to pay off ukraine's debts in order to keep the gas flowing...


socalbeach's picture

<- Russia will send covert forces in to attack the Kiev military, but not invade

<- no covert forces, no invasion

Quus Ant's picture

Give me $5 on the Russkie. 

Lore's picture

I wonder about the loyalty of your average Ukrainian troop commander, trained in conventional warfare. One assumes that years have been spent wargaming various scenarios. Short term and especially long term, it is hard to imagine a realistic outcome that is favourable to the Zionazis. If I was leading my soldiers into battle and already had an inkling of what lies ahead, would I continue mindlessly on my present course? 

Far more likely is continuation of the mercenary hijinks witnessed everywhere else over the last decade.  This is not going to be over quickly.  We are likely witnessing a new failed state -- another Afghanistan -- with skirmishes and hit-and-run tactics and general breakdown in civilization, assuming of course that local civilians do not take matters into their own hands and carry out a little housecleaning of their own, in which case it could all be over quickly.  Ukrainians may be poor, but they are ethical and hardworking, with sharp memory of past conflict and resentment over past abuses.  They will not suffer occupation quietly. Blowback may exceed expectations. Let's speculate now that this is going to be much messier and more brutal than Afghanistan.  Banksters tend to focus too much on securing resources.  They don't think of human cost, which to them is intangible. 

Tengri Temujin's picture

True but the invasion perfected by the USA is an indirect one, the Ukrainians are not that sophisticated to understand what trap they are falling into

AnAnonymous's picture


'American' societies field professional armies. Ukraine wont be different in this regard.

Afghanistan is not a failed state. 'Americans' think long term. 'Americans' have a long history of using drugs to subdue people who resist to them. Same setting here: 'americans' have turned Afghanistan is a powerful drugs maker so to have an easy way to flood the russian market.

It is how it works in an 'american' world.

Truthseeker2's picture
Global Transformation Accelerates: Multiple Geopolitical Triggers Pulled During April


Lore's picture

I don't disagree. It is interesting how we have to use labels with care, and read between the lines, yes?

Truthseeker: Do you take astrology seriously?  Do they? 

HardlyZero's picture

Dudes...those are just burning 10 year old radial tires in the picture.

At the Emergency UN meeting they will be burning Cuban Cigars, and drinking the good stuff (brought out every 50 years).

It stinks.

The clock is ticking on the Ukr debt and next Winter.

Russia is Putin' on a Ritz to escalate the decision making process (done).

Son of Loki's picture

..and those seven curse dinners in Brussells by the EU and G7... washed down by a few bottles of Dom ... while discussing how to 'help' those poor Ukies like they 'helped' the Greeks.

BeansMcGreens's picture

Speaking of burning tires, when is Al Gore going to jet in and tell them to stop with the pollution and all?

Ignatius's picture

Everyone catch "acting President?"

Me thinks that says a lot.

Lore's picture

Beans: You got the wrong Al Qaeda.  Gore is a mouthpiece for globalist-sponsored ENVIRONMENTAL Al Qaeda; the western contractor psychopaths who took potshots at civilians in the February Maidan protests are state-sponsored Zio-Nazi GEOPOLITICAL Al Qaeda.  Get your Al Qaedas straight!

Lore's picture

Well, you know what I mean. Labels are transferable.

Monty Burns's picture

I mean somebody (the industrial East) has to pay that $140B debt to the bankers right?


They can pay it with all the gold in Kiev.  Oh wait, that's in America for safe keeping. Silly me.

StupidEarthlings's picture

On that note..I try to avoid msm..but does anyone know if people are really believing that russia is the bad guy in all this?..


Just curious. Thanks

ZerOhead's picture

Not sure what anyone believes anymore. As per usual everyone is out for themselves.

The Ukrainians in the West want to join the E.U. so they can leave for Germany to find a job or live on social assistance. Others just want the freedom to be able to kill Russians, Jews and other riffraff.

The Ukrainian/Russians in the East don't want to lose their jobs and be broke like the Ukrainians in the West. They also don't wish to be killed or otherwise abused by the neoNudelmen so they want to be largely independant or join Russia.

The leaders like "Yat the Rat" are bought and paid for by the West in order to assist the Western bankers that made some bad loans, firesale the country to the neoLibs, and also bring NATO to the doorstep of Russia.

Russia wishes to keep NATO at bay, get paid for it's gas, and get back some of it's former territory that was given away by a drunken Ukrainian communist to the Ukraine.

That's just for starters...


jeff montanye's picture

there's this:

of course if you thought ukraine was between alberta and manitoba, having the russians take over a hunk of it might seem more threatening.

Skateboarder's picture

It came to be known as "Bundy's War," well, at least here.

Shit's getting real there. Some serious clashes and announcements leading up to an increase in propagada coming up real soon.

ZerOhead's picture

I never even knew cattle ate endangered tortoises...

Skateboarder's picture

Domestic Terriss Cattle do. DTCs, we call 'em in the biz.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Cows trample nests and eat vegetation so it competes with the tortoise in that regard from what I've been told. 

I can sort of agree with the government position here, but they moved in such a ham-fisted way they deserved to be smacked around by their own hubris.

Where are the intelligent leaders?  We're constantly told we are the most educated generation in world history.  I'm not seeing it?  Or am I blind???

laboratorymike's picture

There's education in the sense of learning that 2+2=4, and then there's education that 2+2=5. It took me almost a decade to deprogram after finishing high school.

Then I got a job teaching part time at a school; the propaganda is not only in the sense of the content given, but much more in the sense of 1) the content that is left out, and 2) the school experience of "learning" by a having an apparatchick talk at you 6 hours a day.

HardAssets's picture

@ laboratorymike - - - I don't know if you've seen this before, but I think you'll find it very interesting as it speaks to your experience as a student and as a teacher. 'Education' does exactly what it was designed to do (starting about a century ago). The student passivity, lack of engagement in uninteresting irrelevant topics, and rat maze movement dictated by a ringing bells between class periods isn't an accident  -

The Underground History of American Education - John Taylor Gatto:


P.S. - - - my nephew took a high school course in 'earth sciences'. It was filled with propaganda blather about 'global warming'. When my nephew tried to ask questions about counter-arguments and bring up Climate-gate, the 'teacher' would have none of it. Had to follow 'the book'.  My nephew saw that it was all b.s. and did the minimum needed to pass & get out of that 'school', which is rated as one of the 'top' public high schools in the state. They do have multi million dollar sports facilities however (sarc).


strannick's picture

China builds skyscraper skylines as its legacy, America leaves billows of black smoke in its wake.

Professorlocknload's picture

Must break more windows for prosperity, err, posterity?

SilverRhino's picture

Don't forget to mention the depleted uranium

free_lunch's picture

smartknowledgeu has an intresting video about Ukraine

TaperProof's picture

We can't have moar war without moar QE!


PS. Moar

Thanatos's picture

IMHO That pic was taken at some kind of rehearsal, far away from actual bad dudes. Probably for PR Purposes.

If you can get on the roof, you wouldn't want to go down a rope on the side of a building unless you had to (and you didn't have anyone inside you were worried about shooting, like your fellow team members). You would want to go down the stairs or maybe an elevator shaft using a hook/rope ladder.

The "en rappel" method is more likely used for hostage takers, where a shot through the window (not available from an adjacent covered position) might do some good. not a building packed with bad dudes where rolling grenades down the stairs works just fine.

Thanatos's picture

Haha. Yeah.

Look at this pic:

  • The windows of floor above the one they are "assaulting" are undamaged. No bad guys on that floor.. Whew
  • One of the windows in the floor above is open a few inches - Not a good omen in this situation.
  • Not one of the "Commandos" is looking up at these windows (no concern about open window)
  • They are all at the same level
  • They are very lightly armed (Pistols and Subguns)
  • There is light smoke coming out of one of the windows (not all of them)
  • No Gas Masks: Means no tear gas... Smoke is from burning ramen left on stove?
  • Photographer is apparently out in the open?

These guys are NOT assaulting bad dudes holed up in that building.

They look like they are scaring the crap out of a delinquent babysitter.. Maybe. Or they are a touring "Vertical Dance" crew from some Cirque Du Soleil show.

This whole Ukraine is Assaulting "Terrorists" meme is a fraud.

The Russian SF have pulled another brilliant coup ala Crimea.

They learned to not use the un-marked Uniforms and instead dressed up like Portuguese tourists so AP photogs wouldn't "Make 'em".

The evolution of these events is fascinating from an operational standpoint and the Russian SF operators are really in their element and showing some remarkable professionalism and restraint. They are certainly getting attention and some admiration in the operations communities around the world.

- is obviously run by pro current western TPTB folks... I almost feel sorry for them. They are trying to fight a war against veteran SF and Intel operations people by using Facebook, Twitter and all sorts of ridiculous online polls. The Editor was invited to argue his point on RT and could only respond with ad hominem attacks on the RT editor who invited him (and was proud of it too).

They do serve as a decent aggregator of photography from the conflict and as a kind of negative radar system - (Where there is a hole, you know there is something to look into). Overall, I am grateful for their service and look at them as kind of a counterweight to RT et al. Just don't believe everything you read there (or anywhere else for that matter).


HardAssets's picture

@ Thanatos - - - thank you for an excellent post

Wahooo's picture

Dunno. But Miguel Angel Jimenez nearly got a hole in one at the Masters. Love that wine drinking, cigar smoking old guy.