Fighting Breaks Out As Ukraine Deploys Tanks, APCs, Troops In Slavyansk: Deaths Reported

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A day after the acting government in Kiev announced the Geneva agreement is void and that it would once again send special forces to deal with "terrorists" in east Ukraine, it had made good on its promise and over the past few hours, Ukrainian tanks, APCs and other special forces troops took control of a checkpoint north of Slavyansk on Thursday, following what numerous reports confirm was an exchange of gunfire.

What happened next is not exactly clear. Reuters reports that "when the armoured unit approached along a road from Sviatogorsk, which Ukraine's government said it recaptured on Wednesday, militants set up a smokescreen of burning tyres. Within half an hour, the Ukrainian force was in control of the position near the village of Khrestyshche. No shots were heard."

Reuters continues:

Ukrainian forces appear to be closing in around Slaviansk, a city of 130,000 which has become a military stronghold for the pro-Russian movement and is entirely controlled by separatist fighters.

 

Reuters journalists saw Ukrainian troops digging in outside the city on the main road south to the regional capital Donetsk.

 

Earlier in the morning, a spokeswoman for the separatist authorities in Slaviansk, Stella Khorosheva, said on Facebook that two people were killed at a checkpoint overnight.

 

Local online news site slavgorod.com.ua quoted other separatist representatives saying one man was dead and another seriously wounded after a group of local militia fighters from a checkpoint went to engage a group of "armed men" between Slaviansk and Sviatogorsk and were then fired on from a wood.

 

The Ukrainian government said troops repelled an overnight raid on a base at Artemivsk, to the south of Slaviansk on the road to Donetsk. A soldier was wounded in the attack by about 70 people who Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook were led by Russian soldiers.

This conflicts somewhat with reports from both AFP and RT of a far more serious escalation including shooting at the Slavyansk checkpoint, and that according to @GazetaRu at least six people have been killed so far. Just out from RT:

Fighting has erupted just outside Slavyansk, a town in east Ukraine where population voiced their protest against Kiev authorities. Ukrainian troops on tanks and armored vehicles are trying to break into the town.

 

According to Ukrainian Interior ministry, at least five self-defense guards have been killed and one policeman injured after the ‘antiterrorist operation’ launched by Kiev in the city. Three checkpoints erected by the anti-government protesters have also been destroyed.

 

 

“Around 40 minutes ago fighting started on the outskirts of Slavyansk,” one of the leaders of self-defense forces, Miroslav Rudenko , told Interfax. We are checking reports of one dead and one injured. There are shootings at a number of checkpoints at some of Slavyansk exit-roads.”

 

Rudenko said it was impossible to reach self-defense leaders in Slavyansk by phone, suspecting that mobile phone connection could have been switched off.

More from RT:

Police has announced the beginning of the crackdown via loudspeakers and a special vehicle is currently patrolling the streets warning local people about the crackdown.

 

The local citizens in the city are preparing for the Kiev crackdown. The majority of shops, kindergartens and schools have been closed in the city. Only the shops selling bread and water remain open. Rossiya 24 TV channel reported there was a slow offensive by Ukrainian troops on Slavyansk.

 

“Now armored vehicles and special forces are just 10km away from the town,” said Rossiya 24 correspondent currently on the ground. 

 

According to locals, at least eight armored infantry vehicles passed the village of Hrestische, near Slavyansk, on Thursday morning, reports Gazeta.ru.

 

At least three snipers from Ukrainian army are now at the barricades, the residents also told Gazeta.ru, adding that when one of the journalists tried to approach the barricades, the snipers opened fire.

 

Meanwhile, two columns of armored vehicles are heading towards Slavyansk. The first column is now 6km from the city, while the second is 3 to 4km, Mayor of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev told Rossiya 24 TV channel.

 

According to the latest reports, self-defense forces have repelled the attack of the Kiev gunmen at the key checkpoint in north of Slavyansk. At least three infantry vehicles had to retreat, reports Rossiya 24.

 

Meanwhile, the armored infantry vehicles are currently heading towards the town of Izyum in the Kharkov Region, not far from Slavyansk.

 

Anti-government protesters are still controlling the checkpoints on the outskirts of Slavyansk.

A video of the events:

And here is the latest reports on the ground:

But perhaps most concerning is the so far unconfrimed report that Russian support is on its way:

We will update if the situation escalates furtger

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Haager's picture

Is it just me or do these Ukrainian troops look different this time? 

Tengri Temujin's picture

So true, nice new uniforms and equipment, my bet is on mercs.  Can't wait for the East Ukrainians to catch a few have them ID themselves and then proceed to execute them by firing squad.  FU NATO.

Tengri Temujin's picture

<------Mercenaries

<------NATO troops, USA and POLAND

CoonT's picture

What's the difference, really?

litemine's picture

Hope that it is paid Merc's that will die and not someone thinking they are doing something good?

When a mercinary is caught.....T.V. news will not show it.....

Sheeple don't need to know the truth.............

DHS......will make sure of that......Sad that they find people to enforce their wants....:0(

y3maxx's picture

....It's time to rally behind Edwin Starr’s 1969 Anti War Song, “War” "War...Huh...What is it good for?...Absolutely Nothin!...Say it again!...War, Huh, Good G-d Y'all...what is it good for?...Absolutely Nothin!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQHUAJTZqF0

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Finally, someone, somewhere is shooting something. 

Now I wait for the Russians to return fire.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

I saw a You-tube from a woman in Ukraine with family on both sides....she explained both sides are dirty as hell.

 

So I'm thinking.....ohh.....kinda like in America.

Element's picture

But which team are we barracking for today? I really need to know! The cheer-leaders need to be briefed!!

The brieferer the betterer I say!

HardAssets's picture

At least this explains the dump in the PMs this morning.

If thermonuclear WW3 is on the horizon, they'll probably try to run paper gold down below $1k.

johngaltfla's picture

I wouldn't worry about PM's today. That's not the big picture. Watch what happens to markets and the military activity on the ground when Obama lands in China. He will be left speechless in front of his ChiCom financial masters if the Russians do what I think they are about to do:

 

The Upcoming Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Georgia

MeMadMax's picture

About god damn time...

 

I need the DOW to go up another bazillion points today...

 

 

BaBaBouy's picture

Well... Eveybody Who Is Not A USA Or NATO Enlisted Trooper, Is Now Considered A Terrorist Unless Otherwise Proven...

813kml's picture

Interesting, thanks for the link.

I suppose if Russia is going to create a buffer zone to the west it might as well do it in the south with Georgia.  NATO will still be sucking their thumbs wondering what happened.

Element's picture

Imagine what would occur if China tried to do that to half of North Vietnam? Such colonialism only ends in bigger and bigger battles and wars because the colonists only understand the word stop and go away when they get totally smashed. If there's no smashing them you get the West Bank style colonial ghetto intrusion by aggressive 'settlers' backed by tanks and 2000 lb bombs. And that simply never stops until they've taken everything. It's a sure-fire recipe for brutal regional ethnic-cleansing that will follow at some point.

Cathartes Aura's picture

I'm not a fan of "astrologers" who make "predictions" without showing the aspects/reasoning behind their claims. . . just gives folks more reason for *eye roll*.

however, I'm watching the accelerating "signs" unfolding this month/year with interest.  last week's "blood moon" was a full moon a few hours after Pluto (death/endings) went retrograde at 13dg Capricorn (rules governments, financial structures); Monday, 21 April, Uranus in Aries (war, sudden change, erratic behaviour) and Pluto had an exact square (5th pass) at 13dg; the next day, Mars (god of war) in Libra (relationships) squared Jupiter in Cancer (inner Self image) at 13dg. . .

squares are 90dg angles, tensions. . . what is of great interest to me is that Putin's sun is at 13dg Libra, and the US sun is 13dg Cancer.

for me, this is how astrology "works" - via the players on the game-board, via individuals - just like "history" plays out over time. . .

note that Putin has more than a few planets in Libra - so this ongoing Cardinal Square is about to light up his life. . . and the US has more than a few planets in Cancer. . . including a retrograde Mercury in the 8th house of secrets, lies, under-handed actions. . .which Putin's Mercury squares (tension) within one degree.

yah, I know, it's all non-sense. . . a buncha numbers and math/geometry. . .but it's rather fascinating to watch. . . like the markets & charts?  heh.

Latina Lover's picture

It looks like the Ukrainians hired mercs to lead the charge. 

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

We dress like students, we dress like housewives,
Or in a suit and a tie
I changed my hairstyle, so many times now,
I don't know what I look like!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DblvhECdws0

sushi's picture

When Saddam Hussein attempted to use armour against his own people that was enough reason for Sarkozy to unleash the French Air Force to conduct ground interdiction runs.

Such actions was in complete contravention of the applicable UN Resolution but nobody in the West bated an eyelash and there were no complaints over such unauthorized use of force.

This action in Libya has established a precedent that Putin is free to use in Ukraine to quell the Junta's use of miliatry force against people who refuse to acknowledge an illigitimate governmenent installed by Kerry, Brennan, and Nudelstan.

 

Tabarnaque's picture

The first time they sent the Ukrainian army and they refused to follow the orders. Some even left their APC behind them rather than shooting at civilians. So now it looks like the West has organized a mercs army to clean Eastern Ukraine. They really do look different than a few weeks ago. These looks like professional with combat experience.

 

sushi's picture

What you see is what you get with a 17 billion IMF loan and a bunch of non-lethal sleeping bags.

Unknown User's picture

Whoever they are, people there outnumber them a thousand to one. I don't think this is going to go well.

Patriot Eke's picture

It doesn't matter.  Mercenary or not, those attacking forces are being used as pawns to force Russia's hand.  The West backed new government has not been given a choice.  They must attack to force the Russians into defending their people and interests.  Russia will respond too.  Prepare for a major false flag once Russia does since everyone knows the Ukrainian forces are going to get squashed.

Unknown User's picture

Unfortunately you are right. The banksters want to demolish and enslave Ukraine and Russia. We can only hope that Putin can get to them first. Get ready for attack on the dollar.

Patriot Eke's picture

Tyler's Twitter account already reported on it over a week ago, but there are at least Russian Airborne units there.  The mercenaries attacking right now might not realize it, but they are in for one hell of a surprise.

Sudden Debt's picture

NATO and US troops do photo ops.

Black W. Mercs kill journalists.

Headbanger's picture

No it's the BLM sent there to try redeeming themselves for the Bundy Ranch Blunder!

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

The BLM vs. the Texas National Guard......this should be interesting.

weburke's picture

military of all sides are nuts to work for the betrayers at the top.

kridkrid's picture

Amen. Across the board. There are never good guys... just good propaganda.

sushi's picture

Its all done to protect the shaggy bitcoin eating tortise unique to Urkraine.

Flagit's picture

the benefits package.

 

What's the difference, really?

marriedgeordie's picture

cannot wait for Ukrainians to catch some of the Russian GRU operatives currently working in the Eastern Ukraine...

Cap Matifou's picture

Or American or Israeli for that matter.

Oh, wait, this already happened
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TysGhYvUofM

icanhasbailout's picture

word has it they are reported to have been speaking English to each other

intric8's picture

Hells bells, boys! THIS IS WAR! The white house wanted it. It got it!

Flux's picture

Not likely. This is all theatre. Don't believe me?

Check the news. No one cares.

Now, Apple beat expectations, and Facebook is on the rise. It will be a great day in the markets. So much for the tech stock implosion...

(ps Stay away from gold)

intric8's picture

flux, this is exactly when they WANT the news turned down. If the media has suddenly fallen asleep over this issue, i would be even more worried with whats to come. To zone the public out of the initial unpleasantries. Think like a neocon warplanner, flux, get with the program!

Flux's picture

You know, there's that old saying:

 

"If you're not a rebel when your 20, you've got no heart. And if you're not corporate by 30, you've got no brain."

I'm with the program now, and looking forward to some nice profits today. But you sound sincere, and I wish you all the best in your rebellion.

Gotta go, breakfast date, and birds are chirping outside my window.

Joe A's picture

And when you are 70 or 80 you might want to have a clean conscience...

Incubus's picture

When I'm 70 or 80, I want to be in the hospital looking at the sweet young nurses. 

 

 

Bastiat's picture

Nobody in their right mind wants to be in a hospital.

swmnguy's picture

There's a complex of hospitals a few blocks from my house.  Whenever I drive by I see all the nurses sitting outside smoking.  Mostly 250 lbs.+, neck tattoos, chain-smoking single moms.

Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

813kml's picture

Nurse training nowadays consists of a first aid class, some reruns of ER, and a few games of Operation.

HardAssets's picture

Curiously . . . Drudge's headline/pic shows O bowing to a robot (is the Queen wearing a costume or something ?)

Nothing on Ukraine as of this moment, anyway.

WTF ?

 

And what's with the Marines raising the flag (the second time) at Iwo Jima photo ?