Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Separatists, Russian PM Says Country "Anticipating Civil War"

Tyler Durden's picture

Following last night's protest in front of the Kiev parliament by Maidan faithful and others who had gotten sick and tired by their government doing absolutely nothing to preserve the cohesion of the Ukraine - both west and east - this morning acting president Turchynov, realizing he is between a rock and a hard place and suddenly his position is quite precarious, finally announced that he had issued an order to the country's military to begin operations to retake government buildings seized by pro-Russia separatists in eastern areas.  Oleksandr Turchynov, also the parliament speaker, said the deployment had begun in the Donetsk region, where many of the approximately 10 towns affected by the protests are located.

FT reports:

“Overnight, an antiterrorist operation began in the north of Donetsk,” Mr Turchynov said in parliament, one day after his deadline for the demonstrators to surrender passed. “But it will be phased, responsible and balanced. The purpose of the actions, I stress once again, is to protect the citizens of Ukraine.”


Hours later Ihor Dyomin, a Donetsk region interior ministry spokesman, said that pro-Russia protesters who seized a police building in the town of Kramatorsk earlier this week had left voluntarily. It is not clear how many protesters there were or if they were armed.


Video posted on the internet on Tuesday morning showed pro-Russian activists blocking a Ukrainian army tank on the outskirts of Slavyansk, one of the cities and towns where law enforcement and regional government buildings had been seized by pro-Russian separatists.


Nela Stepa, mayor of the city where at the weekend separatists seized a regional law enforcement building, appeared on television saying that armed men dressed in camouflage “that don’t hide that they are from Crimea . . . from Russia” had also seized the city council building.


“I don’t know who or what this is,” she said in reference to a new mayor the grouping claims to have appointed for the city.


Kiev has also said it is open to dialogue with pro-Russia groups in the east, a move Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said on Tuesday was “certainly a step in the right direction, albeit very belated”.

It remains to be seen if Russia's response is also phased, responsible and balanced. For now, all signs point to no:

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, was much more pessimistic, responding on his Facebook page to the deaths of two people in Slavyansk on Sunday.


Blood has once again been spilled in Ukraine,” he wrote. “The country is anticipating civil war.”

To be sure, Ukraine is sticking to its narrative, most likely dictated to its by CIA director Brennan who as it was revealed "secretly" visited Kiev over the weekend, which is that it is all Russia's fault for destabilizing the region:

Kiev’s SBU state security service said on Tuesday it had identified a Russian special forces officer, Ihor Stryelkov, as leader of a “diversion group which is terrorising the local population, seizing administrative buildings and destabilising the social-political situation in eastern regions of Ukraine”.


Pro-Russia separatists detained by the SBU in recent days “recognised” Mr Stryelkov’s voice, the SBU claimed, as the person “giving them instructions to seize administrative buildings in Kharkiv”, the largest city in eastern Ukraine.


Mr Stryelkov, according to the SBU, arrived in Crimea last month to co-ordinate “the activities of Russian military personnel and special forces there seizing Ukrainian armed services posts there and regional government”.

Still, the day following Putin's explicit and latest warning to Obama that only he can now stop bloodshed in Ukraine, we can't help but feel that the situation in east Ukraine is about to truly spiral out of control... which of course should send stocks soaring in this bizarro, centrally-planned world in which nothing makes sense any more.

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jubber's picture

so Gold & Silver pulvarised?

kliguy38's picture

hehehehe...........perfect.........physical buy today for me......hope they crush it.......paper short it to death......hehehehehehe blood moon offering for the lizards.........

GetZeeGold's picture



Russian PM deliciously anticipating civil war.

GetZeeGold's picture



Next quarters profits are looking up! For just about everyone....except Ukraine.

BurningFuld's picture

This excitment keeps up and Dick Cheney is going to need another heart.

BaBaBouy's picture

ALL Together Now... CIA CIA CIA, Rah Rah...

GetZeeGold's picture



Send Anna Chapman back...we'll cut a deal right now.

Joe Davola's picture

Come on, someone go Japan at the League of Nations and walk out of the UN so that house of cards can finally fall.

SamAdams's picture

And again, we have a Khazar so-called Jew (member of the cult, not the race, get it?), sitting at the seat of corruption and overseeing genocide, apartheid and theft.  Oh well, don't call attention to the truth.  You will be labeled an anti-semite (which basically means anti-shem, or anti race of shem, a bloodline which these people are not). 

MeMongo's picture

I honestly can't stand Cheney, but I think it would be acceptable if it were harvested from Jonathan Pollard! It most definitely would not be rejected:-)

Birds of a feather!

exi1ed0ne's picture

Well, one thing is for certain.  Our grandchildren will most definately cheer the decisions we make today while toiling in the slave pits to pay it off.


GetZeeGold's picture



Thanks for throwing the /sarc in there. That's a big relief.

samcontrol's picture

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IF you have NO access to buying physicall gold and silver..

would you ?

Buy SPrott funds PSLV , PHYS ?

Buy miners ? ?

Buy another house?

say fuck it and buy 2016 AGQ options?

BlackSwanCrash's picture

none of the above

CORRECT ANSWER: GET access to buy phys!

Arius's picture

Buy something ... it is really the problem ... how about not buying anything

gmrpeabody's picture

CEF, miners, and Sprott.....

Blano's picture

Unless you live at the North or South pole, you have access.  It's easy.

tradingdaze's picture

Bought CEF.A on the TSX. Canada you say. 

Bullion stored in Canadian banks on a unencumbered, allocated and segregated basis. 

The only one with access is apparently Jon Corzine. yuk yuk

TheMeatTrapper's picture


I own physical silver and add to it regularly; but I also have the means to provide most of my food. 

If you have no way to accumulate physical precious metals (even such as gold and silver jewelry, etc) I would focus on becoming as self sufficient and insulated from the system as possible. Being able to generate your own food and power is a measure of independence that will be very valuable one day - perhaps more valuable than silver. 

Learn To Trap Your Food

El Diablo Rojo's picture

You have access to the internet samcontol....  you have access to physical.  I have purchased from Northwest Territorial Mint, and there are others too.  Just be prepared for a long wait.  8-12 weeks out.

swmnguy's picture

If you can post here, you have access to buying phyzz.  Online PM dealers are like cell phone or cable companies; everybody has a beef with every one, but most are serviceable enough.  There are no "screaming deals" on phyzz.  But most deals are fair.  Depending on your location, there will be an LCS (Local Coin Shop), or pawn shop or somebody who will sell you phyzz if you walk in with cash.  Online, you can use credit cards, personal check, cashier's check, or other means of exchange depending on the site.  The only way you wouldn't be able to do that is if you're incarcerated, I'd think.  In that case, you have other issues.  And if you can buy any of the other things on your list, you can buy phyzz.  I won't recommend any web dealers because everybody loves one or hates one and I don't want to get into that.

There are reaasons pro and con every option on your list, but none of them fills the role of buying actual phyzz that you bury in a coffee can in your garden, or lose in the proverbial unfortunate boating accident, or what-have-you.  I could tell you where I keep mine, but know.

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It's as easy as buying porn.  And who the hell would buy paper porn, or porn options, or porn stocks, when you just buy teh pron?

SheepDog-One's picture

Hard to believe a simple fully explained earth shadow is still considered some kind of magical event, no wonder the world is so screwed up, it's ran by superstitious lunatics!

earnyermoney's picture

Well, blood moons are fairly common but today's blood moon will be followed by 6 full moons then a 2nd blood moon on the Feast of Tabernacles followed by 6 full moons then a 3rd blood moon marking Passover next year followed by 6 full moons with the 4th blood moon falling on the Feast of Tabernacles next year.

That sequence on those days is not common. The last 3 times were 1492, 1948 and 1967. The last 2 years were significant events in modern Israel's history. You can be skeptical, but I think the coming year is going to be very troublesome for the world and the United States in particular.

john39's picture

and a cardinal grand cross later this week.  astrology has always been a big part of the mystery schools, the secret teachings by those in power and with power.  who also managed to convince the masses that its all a bunch of silly superstition...    who is right?  well, who is currently in power...

chapaev's ghost's picture

Lunatics... that would explain it.

esum's picture

take the fight to moscow..... it is ripe for a revolution...

people dont like putin and would love the means and opportunity to take him down... 

blabam's picture

Yeah good look with that one... when are you leaving? 

NoDebt's picture

Didn't I see an article on here recently about Putin's approval rating being over 70% in Russia?

GetZeeGold's picture



Really surprised it wasn't 100%. Who doesn't love a shirtless Vald?

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

Putin's approval rating = ~ 70%

US congress approval  = 15% (gallup poll) tied with all time low

Obama's approval      =  44% (gallup poll)

BeansMcGreens's picture

"Obama's approval      44% (gallop poll)"


But some of the polled were counted twice, even if they were dead.

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

They rig all the markets... Why would they not rig polls? 

Patriot Eke's picture

Yes, polls are as useless as voting.

Squid Viscous's picture

about the same as % of US households taking some form of gov't assistance... hmmm

123dobryden's picture

i says more about the way information is distributed and grip on power in a country rather as of particular persons iinvolved.


in my country, PM got 80% approval, within years majority of state assets was in hand of his party loyals, he finaly was forced out in an election after 8 years of plunder then we got recession much worse then current one, unemployment hit way over 20%...



Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Bullshit. Putin is popular in Moscow and most of Russia.

sondernauch's picture

As far as I can tell, more Americans trust Putin than trust Obama and his neocon crazies. And there are wayyy more Russians who trust Putin than there are Americans who trust Obama. Putin definitely has the upper hand just now.

Billy Sol Estes's picture

No one should like either them actually...

Infinite QE's picture

Precisely. Putin would win an election in America hands down. The New Bolshevk neocon zionists hate Putin because he knows the truth of who and what they are and has galvanized his population against their desire to murder 100's of millions more.

Canucklehead's picture

Do you really think Putin is any different from those you call "New Bolshevk neocon zionists"? Putin has 70-100 BILLION hidden away in various global financial systems. His financial "advisors" are some of the same people you call "New Bolshevk neocon zionists".

Putin maintains relations with many world leaders, many of whom are people you call "New Bolshevk neocon zionists". The simple fact is that you need a certain amount of intelligence and compensatory ruthlessness to travel in those circles. (As an example, look at Harry Reid.)

All that is happening here is a card game. The people of the Ukraine are poker chips being moved around the table. The reason the people of the Ukraine are poker chips is because they chose to be poker chips. Rather than doing the right thing and building their future in a responsible manner, they want simple solutions. The Ukrainian people do not mind their leaders stealing vast amounts of wealth from them. They only want "collective social security".

Putin is being probed to determine at what sized bet will he fold his hand. As long as these movements escalate slowly and deliberately, Putin's hands are tied... to a point.

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

" The reason the people of the Ukraine are poker chips is because they chose to be poker chips."

They are poker chips because they are mostly average people with average ambitions, average intelligence and desires, not power mad psychotics.

Canucklehead's picture

They are poker chips because in many ways, they are old school... similar to the movie "Fiddler on the Roof". They only want to be left alone and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

There are times when you need to stick your neck out and look to the future. This is one of those times.

MountainsRoam's picture

You sure know a lot about The Ukrainian people and what they want?? the fucked up thing is everything you said about the Ukrainian people could be said about the American people also..

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

"the fucked up thing is everything you said about the Ukrainian people could be said about the American people also.."

That is because human nature is the same everywhere... there is nothing 'fucked up' about it... It's the way the world is... and always has been.

Volkodav's picture

Stupid post. You know nothing about this subject.


Infinite QE's picture

Drunk already? Been here 16 weeks. Wow. How much of the Ukrainian fund is paid to trolls such as yourself? $5/hour?

Infinite QE's picture

Ulitmately, who knows what Putin has. Maybe he has 4 trillion in gold stored on Mars and takes the black-budget space vehicles there every weekend to view it.

All I can say from the research I've done over the past 20 years and watching the actions that he is taking is that America is becoming the Bolshevik Soviet Union and Russia is making attempts to become what America once was. Putin is making efforts to roust the Bolshevik oligarchs. Check. Putin wants the Bolshevik entity Monsatan out of his country. Check. Putin wants to stop the gay-mafia that is run out of Hollyweird from disrupting the family values. Check. Putin is making efforts to restore religious spirituality to his country. Check.

Now compare that check list to what the Bolshevik bus driver Obama is doing. Free reign to the Bolshevik Wall Street oligarchs. Check. Putting Monsatan execs in charge of the FDA. Check. An openly bi-sexual, crack smoking, CIA created freak in the White House. Check. Obama's spirituality? Cannot even find words to the satanic shit that this guy is fronting.


Kaiser Sousa's picture

"take the fight to moscow..... it is ripe for a revolution..."

stupid is what stupid says...