Presenting Russian East Ukraine: These Are The Cities Controlled By "Separatists"

Tyler Durden's picture

Vladimir Putin 'confirmed' yesterday that there were no Russian forces 'boots on the ground' in Ukraine and so it seems the daily growing list of cities that are falling to pro-Russian separatist forces throughout Eastern Ukraine - as the following chart shows - suggests an ever more divided nation is verging on civil war, despite the best efforts of the West to sanction their way to a fix. As Turchinov warned this morning, there is "real danger of the Russian Federation beginning a land war against Ukraine... our armed forces are on full military readiness."



Source: AFP

As Reuters reports,

Ukraine's armed forces are on full military alert in case of a Russian invasion, the country's acting president said on Wednesday, reiterating concern over Russian troops massed on the border.


"I once again return to the real danger of the Russian Federation beginning a land war against Ukraine," Oleksander Turchinov told a meeting of regional governors in Kiev, Interfax-Ukraine reported.


"Our armed forces have been put on full military readiness," he said.


Russia says it has no plan to invade eastern Ukraine following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March, but Turchinov's remark made clear the pro-Western government in Kiev saw no reason to reduce the readiness of its armed forces.


Kiev, however, accuses Moscow of orchestrating an armed uprising in the industrial east by Russian-speaking separatists who have seized government buildings in a strong of towns and cities, largely unopposed by police.

Given NATO's moves we charted here, and the map above, we could not help but find the following statement somewhat ironic...


Nothing to see here.

And in the latest news... another city just fell...

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IridiumRebel's picture

Split it down the Dneiper. Everybody go home and lets not go nuclear, please....I got kids. 

tarsubil's picture

Russia expands and NATO gains territory. Meh, they could have negotiated this without the theatrics and risk.

McMolotov's picture

For the West, theatrics and risk have been the whole point all along. Someone really wants war.

edit: I must have offended Ms. Nuland.

svayambhu108's picture

ZeroHedge reminds me of LATOC. The end is near ... See this news! Whatch this graph! Hope Tyler doesn't go into astrology.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

There have been a lot of your sort lately.  And the jewish conspiracy folks.

I guess your budget wasn't sequestered.

svayambhu108's picture

You should remain optimistic, is not that black and white and now and then each one visits the troll side. 
My sort ? I don't hang out with my sort.

BTW random bit from LATOC"

Flakmeister's picture

LATOC was over the top even before we realized that it was not going to be a fast crash....

kurt's picture

Beware, Here at the end of the string lurks the

"Tits and Ass, man" man.

Joe A's picture

He's been a member for 13 weeks and 1 day

Seer's picture

Careful, we've been instructed by "element" that pointing out such things makes the "accuser" a "moron."

Anyway, thanks for pointing that out because I think it is quite relevant.  Lots of folks popping in here all of a sudden to toss nothing but shit.  If they aren't presenting a viable argument then they should be ignored/seen as trolls...

svayambhu108's picture

13 ominous weeks and one day of reckoning.

Comm'on people,  it was a critique of narrative, what if the Dow plunges to 3000, the gold is 10.000 bucks, and fill in the gaps for the rest. 
What then?

I troll lightly and sparingly and when I do I do it  I do it for the trickster element...

And by the way I red ZH from the day one... and I've seen here samples of trolling...


I think things with Internet have refined into what I might call an indignant troll (a troll that trolls through over-exaggerated indignation on messages that seem to transgress the most common shared dogma of a virtual community)


Seer's picture

Thank you for stepping forward to confess your ignorance.  That's the first sign of recovery...

CrashisOptimistic's picture

You missed some recent threads.

The primo farmland is in the east.

The west is parasites.  That's why they want to be in the EU.  To get benefits checks.

Volkodav's picture

The west are more poles the further you go..Lvov and area is source of much of the radicals.

They are less logic and reason. More emotional. Not as careful...As go further east more stable.... Siberians are good people.


Totentänzerlied's picture

Benefits checks (and Brussels taxation, and IMF onerous debt, and US interests buying everything up at firesale prices, bullshit faux "austerity", bail-ins, bail-outs, technocratic EU-ECB domination, and a couple of token NATO warplanes)... how's that working out for Greece?

People never learn.

813kml's picture

Russia won't be letting NATO move any closer, Ukraine is their line in the sand.  Putin knows that he has the dollar and EU by the short curlies, time is running out for the West to negotiate like adults.

BabylonDeer's picture

thats the logical solution, won´t work.

Dr. Engali's picture

The logical situation would have been for the CIA not to have stirred up this mess in the first place.

Seer's picture

Yeah, but then we'd be stuck with the only "viewing channel," the continuing financial meltdown (trail to the bankers more obvious).

BorisTheBlade's picture

CIA in its current shape and form perhaps is not more than just a bunch of goons for former corporate raiders who are now down to business of raiding entire countries. The business plan is simple: hostile takeover, covered by aggressive short-term information campaign and cheap bullying, stripping it off assets and selling out on the cheap while blood flows on the streets. Stirring up hornets nets on the backyard of Russia for this bunch is business as usual, except Putin possesses skillset to deal with bandits only on a bigger scale this time, having obtained it back in 90s throwing Khodorkovsky's and Berezovsky's out of Russia. Democracy and human rights are tossed aside when ROI for entire operation is in excess of 100% and CIA is no more intelligent at this point than your average criminal.

Old Man River's picture

I'm thinking these Russian-seperatists can just keep on doing what there doing and then hold one of them referendums to join Russia. Theys not killing anyone are they? Can they just do it like they did there in Crimea? No NATO, no nukes and very little violence. What yall thinking?

phat ho's picture

Crimea rolled out perfectly with nary a shot fired. What a perfect example for regional parchment of land to take place in. They have all the time in the world for them to turn-in with the unmarked russian troops, at least in eastern ukraine. Though it seems the dynamics of each town is a little different from another.

TungstenBars's picture

The USSA would never let Russia gain anything. The rabid Russophobia in those psychopaths is astonishing. 

Beard of Zeus's picture

They're pissed because Putin threw their co-ethnics out.

Martin W's picture

Chernobyl is approx 50 miles north of Kiev.

jal's picture

When will they start to open refugy camps?


CrashisOptimistic's picture

Occupying buildings has to be followed by referendum.

That will get the ball rolling.

phat ho's picture

oh no; not Lugansk

Let them eat iPads's picture

I don't always use hired goons, but when I do I prefer Russians.

Stay bloodthirsty, my friends.

RafterManFMJ's picture

More greens had you replaced Russians with Blackwater or Xe or Satan's Catspaw or what the fuck ever they are calling themselves today.

Bastiat's picture

I liked the old name, Blackwater.



1. any of several diseases charcterized by the production of dark urine as a result of the rapid breakdown of red blood cells.



Wastwater containing bodily or other biological wastes, as from toilets, dishwashers or kitchen drains.


It was perfect really, I don't know why they changed the name.

Seer's picture

"Satan's Catspaw"

LoL.  Thanks for that one!

Volkodav's picture

Russians are not goons

They are just stronger

Flakmeister's picture

Do you write for RT News as your day job?

Seer's picture

Flak, you're becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of ZH! (no matter how valid your comment you still get no respect!)

BabylonDeer's picture

What a shitty map. Kharkiv is much more than 25% of russian speakers, try to find a newspaper in ukranian there. Actually, it's pretty rare to met someone speaking ukranian there.

phat ho's picture

armageddon bitchez

Dr. Engali's picture

Start waving those flags boys and girls, we are gearing up for war. Sacrifice your sons and daughters for the common good while the bankers and the elites place bets on both sides.

Chump's picture

They can come and try to get my son I guess, although I don't see how trading several young men for one is a winning strategy.

angel_of_joy's picture

There will be very little appetite within the rank & file of "boots on the ground" for picking a fight with Russians. It's easy to look tough from Wa DC. Just wait for the first planes to go down in flames, and for the first body bags to arrive home. You'll know when the shit has really hit the fan by the loss of your GPS signal. Russia ain't no Lybia or Irak. You start a fight there, you get killed. Ask the French. And the Germans. And the Japanese...

socalbeach's picture

Just posted several hours ago, chock full of info about the Ukraine situation. Even if you don't agree with everything the professor (Andrei Fursov) says, it's worth reading.  Transcript comes from a YouTube video with English subtitles posted 04-26-2014, which was a lecture given to Russian students presumably.

Document:Battleground Ukraine

" ... Well, we shouldn't be ashamed to learn from the West how to operate in the informational domain. Their policies are of an offensive nature. If you are reacting, then you're one step behind and you're going to lose. In the Crimean Victory we won because our leadership, above all the president, he was always a step ahead of the opponent. He took a step. They reacted. He set the agenda. "