On The Edge Of War: The Latest Russian And Ukraine Troop Movements

Tyler Durden's picture

If Putin needed a pretext to finally drive across the Ukraine border, he got it today following first the death of nearly 40 pro-Russian protesters in Odessa during a confrontation between pro-Russia and pro-Kiev forces, and then, what appears to be a storming in progress right now by the Ukraine national guard of yet another separatist-controlled city in east Ukraine: Kramatorsk.

According to RT, Ukraine’s National Guard is storming the eastern town of Kramatorsk even as it has also resumed its special operation in Slavyansk, where two soldiers have been killed.

“The assault is starting now,” a Kramatorsk self-defense activist has told RIA Novosti by phone. Another activist told the news agency that the National Guard opened fire on self-defense forces.


Dozens have been killed or injured in Kramatorsk, a doctor told RIA Novosti. The medic added that the fighting has now stopped and all of those injured have been taken to hospitals in Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. At least two died on the way to the hospital, she said.


Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military’s special operation has resumed in the nearby town of Slavyansk. The headquarters of the people’s self-defense is under snipers’ fire, according to Itar-Tass. There are reports of injuries among protesters.

Recall that Putin has made it very clear that all the Kremlin needs to green light an operation in Ukraine is a pretext of "self-defense" for the pro-Russian citizens currently there being attacked by the local military, something which if the tables were turned, would have been classified as a civil war by the impartial western media.

So what does the theater of operations look like should Russia finally get involved?

The Washington Post is publishing a new map that shows, using information from the Royal United Services Institute, recent troop movements in the region. The graphic illustrates how military exercises conducted by Russia have left a big build-up of troops on Ukraine's border. It also shows Ukraine's own military moves to its borders with Russia and Moldova's Russian-dominated enclave, Transnistria.

It may be a long weekend.

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Cattender's picture

for REAL this time?

Soul Glow's picture

This time meaning what?  There has to be a buildup before a war.

Latina Lover's picture

It will be a very long weekend. Don´t look at these pictures unless you have a very strong stomach. No children please!

Arius's picture

funny how these important things tend to happend in weekends when market is close ... just a thought coming from long observance of BS markets.

well, i predicted it last weekend ... a week late, but still a weekend! can americans trade on sunday night, or you just stuck with whatever price you get when NY opens? No conspirancy, just a question .... inquiring minds thats all

ZerOhead's picture

You should read the comments section to this Guardian propaganda article...


Nobody is buying the story that the EU/US/NATO/IMF is trying to sell.

sushi's picture

When Muammar Gaddafi attempted to use his armed forces to quell an Al Queda revolt that was suffcient reason for NATO to jump into action and interdict and destroy Gaddafi's forces. 

This sets a precedent for Putin to intervene under the Responsibilty To Protect doctrine.


PhilB's picture

Churchill must be rolling over in his grave. Russian forces on the move in Europe, and Russian Oligarchs paying 145 million pounds for an apartment in London to park their ill gotten gains. UK has sold out their souls for a few quick pounds. 

tony wilson's picture

churchill was a fat drunk a child rapist and a rothschild stooge fuck that zionist racist fuck.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

The real wild-card (and danger) in all of this is the US. The arrogance of its politicians and bureaucracy has already backed it into a corner. Without US shenanigans, this would have been at most a regional conflict. People will begin to question whether the USD is worth hording if the empire backing it no longer has the edge to take on a “minor” power such as Russia. On one hand, the US is risking its reputation and the supremacy of the USD by doing nothing, and on the other hand, it's risking WWIII. Could this hand have been played any worse? Putin, as always, played his hand perfectly.

knukles's picture

Y'all realize that not a single area on the map is anything other than a complete shit hole, no?

But what about the important stuff?
What's the news on MH 370 or whatever that missing plane is, huh? 

flacon's picture

If nothing happens this weekend..... S&P --> 1900?


/sorry, I'm just jaded. 

J S Bach's picture

Every unique ethnicity needs its own living space.  What's transpiring is only nature fulfilling its laws.  It will happen in once Christian Europe when the various ethnicities and religions lured in by the multiculturalists reaches the saturation point... and then there will be war there, too.  And then the money powers will write history books blaming right wing extremists for the turmoil.   Tick tock tick tock.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Actually you need to break it down to language.

It is simply the glue a binds a people together. That is why the US English was tortured over the years to make it different from the Mayflowerers.

It is language that is the weave of a society. All constructs are lingual.

I would love to see a linguistic breakdown of this situation. Or take even India, so easily to drive a stake through it's "unity" because everyone speaks a different "mother" tongue.


It's language and it's current form is killing us...




Same with double speak, else why would they bother?





shovelhead's picture

If that's true, then a good portion of us should be one big happy bunch of Indo-European

language speakers out to kill the Basques for talking funny.

Quus Ant's picture

great post ORI.  A new world must be spoken into existence.  JFK was doing just that, but well... you know. that seems to happen alot.

A culture can double-speak its way into a corner and forget it was all a game to begin with.  RED LINES ahead.

james.connolly's picture

I agree, but that is exactly why the media is focussed on this bullshit.

MALAYSIA has already released all, and everything is pointing to HW-BUSH holding company's in the UK, e.g. SERCO GROUP, and INMARSAT,

Funny INMARSAT is who told everybody to look in Austrailia, now the plane is seen north of diego-garcia, by remote sensing.

SERCO stole the plane, SERCO-HONEYWELL developed the BUAP (BOEING AUTOPILOT), and used that to steal the plane, SERCO-GROUP wanted the KL-02 (Freescale chip) to tag all criminals on earth, SERCO also owns prisons, and SERCO is also a major OBAMA-CARE contractor.


Either the BUSH family heads will role, or CHINA will declare war on the USA, ... this russia is theatre, ... I agree the OIL pipelines are in the north, and with the COUP and FAUX TEL-AVIV gubmint running UKRAINE its now anarchy, ... nothing less or more, and PUTIN will have move in to protect RUSSIAN's.


A Nanny Moose's picture

No....Florida is a shit hole....the Penis of the former Untied States of Amerika.

At least in the Ukraine, they can grow wheat....yes?

SoberOne's picture

Don't drink our OJ or eat our strawberries shithead.

Remington IV's picture


No Quarter's picture

I hope you just forgot the /sarc tag.

I've been to Ukraine several times (have you?) as well as Crimea and surrounding countries and its a beautiful place. Like anywhere else they have their shitty regions, nehborhoods (been to Detroit lately?) 

Alberich's picture

Dunno, seems to me Putin's position is fragile. He needs a very strong casus belli to split the EU from the US. Kiev may deny it to him by snuffing the pro-Russians bit by bit without any major event. Just look at how Reuters is playing down anti-Russian responsibility for the fire.

fockewulf190's picture

One thing is for sure, all those lines on that map above represents for the most part the young.  It is yet again the old who are pulling the strings, sending commands, and ordering the cannon fodder off to war.  It is always the same pattern repeated over and over.  How is it that humans can´t remember that death and destruction really sucks.  Warpigs.  Read the lyrics.  It´s so fucking true.

Sages wife's picture

True. Undeniable.  Black Sabbath. Thank you fockewulf190.  Do not allow your sons and daughters to sacrifice themselves to this madness.

"It is no measure of success to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"


Flagit's picture


Those lines for troop movements also seem to bear a striking resemblance to the pipeline system, no?


JonNadler's picture

Forward he cried from the rear
and the front rank died
And the General sat, as the lines on the map
moved from side to side

Golden Rule's picture

You forgot Commie, Satanist, Murderer.

palmereldritch's picture

Also forgot an incredibly insightful quote attributed to Winnie:

"History is written by the victors."

Which, with proper context, puts context into perspective

Jack Burton's picture

Agreed Tony. Remeber too he was an epic alcoholic as well, a man soaked in booze and a right daft cunt of a pervert. Also, he was a military fuck up, as his admiralty days in World War I and his short stint there in WWII. A studied reading of Royal Navy History reveals the more knowledgeable RN Officer class considered the fat drunk as a danger to the lives and ships of the Royal Navy. This fat drunken child rapest is America's hero? Fuckn' 'ell!

PhilB's picture

Excuse me?!?!?! Wack-o alerts just went off. In the era of Hitler and Stalin you choose to compare Churchill's dirty laundry, whatever it may be, against the mass defiling of humanity brought about by these two? How absurd! Go sell crazy elsewhere, ZH is all filled up here today.

Omegaman2211's picture

Go find another thread, Phil.

tbd108's picture

Dirty laundry? You mean mass murdering demonic bastard from hell. Did you know that he started the WWII terror bombing because he knew that the equally crazy asshole Hitler would respond in kind? How about the mass murder of Irish civilians during the Easter rebellion? May the no-good son-of-a-bitch rot in hell with the spirtual brethren Hilter and Stalin and Roosevelt.

Supafly's picture

Hitler and Stalin were focused.  Which do you prefer?  100,000 dead or a child raped?  They were all scum in their own right.

TeraByte's picture

Wake up dude. Someday the dirty laundry of the British Empire catches up with you and unsettled accounts for several life times must be cleared.

i-dog's picture

Agreed with both of you. And please let me add art forger (his occupation to fund his lifestyle prior to entering government) and plagiarist.

Churchill is one of the most deceitful and odious characters of the 20th century and a leading hand (along with Lloyd George) in the destruction of Great Britain and the British Empire.

It sickens me every time I hear, or read of, someone praising his role in the Zionist War of 1912-1948 (though that war is still continuing to this day).

For a more detailed look at the traitorous fuck, check out 'The Controversy of Zion' (pdf) by Douglas Reed (written in 1956 by an experienced foreign correspondent with extensive first-hand knowledge of the times and leading characters).

lakecity55's picture

Well, Jesus did condemn the "Synagogue of Satan..."

Andy Lewis's picture

And you're a slimy rotting bag of Nazi shitfilth.

Tall Tom's picture

I really wish that Drudgereport did not link to ZH articles. In that way you'd have not ever found your way here...ever.


Go back and listen to Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC (There is really no difference.)


We have no time to educate you about the real History of the World. You'd be more comfortable in your delusion and your Government School Propaganda Indoctrination.


Please go away before making more of an ass of yourself.


Hitler was scum. But just because he was scum does not make the lesser evil of Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt any better by comparison. They are ALL psychopaths.


The choice for the lesser of two evils is still a choice for evil which you seem so willing to do. So go ahead and choose evil .   Then go away. Please. Just please get away from anything truthful. Your master Satan demands it. Go away you Satan's minion..

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

"churchill was a fat drunk a child rapist" sic

Can you back that up with any real evidence or is it a sick fantasy you have.

Rakshas's picture

not sure about being therapist but it seems to go with the territory for these red shield fukers........ just sayin' 

this is a reasonable  summary of the mans achievements ........ seemed to have an issue with brown people too....



TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Ukrainian Junta Citizenism is such a bubble of nothing. Thinking within the contextual framework provided by Ukrainian Junta Citizenism is such a waste of time.

In the end, it always boils down to self entitlement: me do, me right, you do, you wrong.

hobopants's picture

Jesus, just looking at the map Russia is going to eat that place like a hungry bear cookie, and Putin has got to be getting fed up with this crap by now. 

How long tell we go full retard team America military intervention you think? 

Tall Tom's picture

Hopefully we get nuked this weekend so we no longer have to concern ourselves with anything.


Hopefully this is San Diego's last weekend. It is siickening. The people here are just so deserving of a holocaust. If it happens I am moving to Ground Zero. Whom wants to survive the initial attack? Not me. I am not into suffering.


The whole World is just filled with corruption and evil. I watched enough of it and there is no hope of anything getting any better ever. Fuck it. Let it burn.

chunga's picture

Holy crap man!

I know it's a messed up world out there but that's strong medicine!

Tall Tom's picture

Come on Chunga...We fuckin' deserve it. Our population are zombiefied by the God Damned Tee Vee Set and haven't any cares about people dyin' elsewhere. They are too busy watchin' American Idol or Dancing With the Stars or some other bullshit. Many are narcissistic and it is sickening.


I went to a Catholic Church Rummage Sale today and it was like a Wal~Mart on Black Friday. People were fighting over scraps of junk. Nothing is right, man. This was a "church" and they behave as hunger driven deprived animals. There was no hint of civility there.


It just needs to end.

RichardP's picture

Why do you expect of others what you do not expect of yourself?  You are not being civil to wish for the end of the world as you know it.  For others know a different world.  You only "know" what you can experience directly with your five senses.  But hope springs eternal if you let it.

(I'm making as much sense as you did.)