Firefight Underway As Russian "Rebels" Cross Border Into Ukraine

Tyler Durden's picture

While all eyes are affixed on Iraq (and record highs for stocks), the situation in Ukraine continues to re-escalate. Ukraine's interior minister Arseniy Avakov, speaking at a news conference, exclaimed:


Unconfirmed reports note 3 T-72 tanks in the Snezhnoye region. Time for some more sanctions.


What Avakov said (via InterpreterMag)

"Last night, three T-72 tanks crossed the Ukrainian state border from the Russian side.


One tank is in the village of Snezhnoye. Two other tanks have moved out of the town.


These tanks were intercepted by Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of Snezhnoye.


A battle is under way."




The tanks on the move this morning...

And another more detailed clip...

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ebworthen's picture

I don't think T-72 tanks are just parked in someone's garage.

NotApplicable's picture

Well, why the fuck didn't Ukraine stop them at the border?

NoDebt's picture

Oh, it's on like Donkey Kong now.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

I smell a quick Ukrainian defeat coming on.

Aaaarghh's picture

This shit is gonna happen all over all at once, iraq, china, russia and probably others...Boom, wars everywhere..


Gmpx's picture

It is T-64 on the video, not T-72.

The Blank Stare's picture

I just google mapped it and I couldn't find it

COSMOS's picture

I dunno, its east europe, you just might find a few tanks in some garages lol.

I expect the armored column to advance on Kiev at some point in time :)

Unknown User's picture

These are T64 tanks all of which were destroyed by Russia in early 2013. The only place where they still use them is in Ukraine...

ChiangMai's picture

"I expect the armored column to advance on Kiev..."


You're not alone. I jsut read some well-founded speculation to that effect.

MachoMan's picture

The flag in your link is literally a replica of the arkansas state flag...  which was derived in the same fashion...

Kid Loco's picture

It is T-64 on the video, not T-72.

Details, details. There are even few T-80 models among the tanks kept in warehouses of Eastern Ruine (not yet sold to Africa's rebels of any kinds). See this link for the funny pics:


Unfortunately almost all of ukrainina tanks are not the working order (due to enormous level of corruption and thievery squeezing country all the time after the 2004 coup d'etat). Repairing such an old model as T-64 (or even T-54) s much simplier than T-80, and considering lack of time and properly skilled engineers among the separatists I wouldn't expect T-80 in the news anytime soon.

Regarding easily repairing T-62 consider this reading:

Poundsand's picture

You nailed it.  And Obama's weakness is just a written invitation.  So this fall, watch out as things start to spool out of control.

roadhazard's picture

Thank god for Obamas, "weakness", I don't want him, "helping" AT ALL.

y3maxx's picture

""This shit is gonna happen all over all at once""


...Russia takes Ukraine

...S A & Qatar take Eastern Iraq and Syria

...and Kurds take North Iraq and Western Turkey

The Oil & NG will soon flow...but millions of civilians will die first.

The Phu's picture

I'm certainly no expert in Russian tanks, but those are producing some pretty smokey exhaust.  I'd think that modern Russian tanks would burn cleaner than that... probably some old tanks that those crazy pro-Russian separatists must have hotwired :-)


Could those have been covered as part of the latest GM recall?


Luckhasit's picture

Old school diesel engines right there.  Sure it's sucks on air pollution and mileage but it makes up for it with dependability and horse power.  Being in Russia, top prioirty is for that damn thing to turn over at 3am in the dead of winter. 

kchrisc's picture

I wonder what the "carbon-footprint" is from war?!

If governments were really concerned with their climate-scam, they would just stop warring.

Urban Redneck's picture

3 tanks?

300 guys in pickup trucks?

Doesn't the US have any friends or puppets who can take care of themselves anymore?

Kid Loco's picture

I smell a quick Ukrainian defeat coming on.


Nope. Ukraine's (or Ruine's as we call it in Russia) quick defeat isn't among the desired scenarios. Some Russian politicians believe that Ruine has to suffer a lot before allowing them to come back to Russia and begging for help on their knees. They have to be punished for the betrayal first.

In order to achieve that they decided to offer a very limited aid to Novorossia's separatists. Limited because separatists' support among the locals in Eastern Ruine is already impressively huge and getting bigger and bigger with every Ukraininan air strike. Also there is already a limited support from concerned Russian citizens (since Ruine's borders were opened separatists are getting $100.000 cargo every few days, which covers basic running expenses - just fyi, Kalashnikov rifle costs $250-500 in Ruine now). So if the unofficial aid from the Russian government were unlimited then Kiev would be defeated in a couple of months (or more realistically before November).

Hope nobody here needs an explanation why civil war is slowly choking Ruine's economy. 

kito's picture


poor tyler...always working up the crescendo, only to be stiffed on the climax.

there is nothing on like donkey kong. enjoy the bull market....

Spastica Rex's picture

If things ever really come unglued, none of us will need Zero Hedge to tell us it's happened.

The predictive value of Zero Hedge is zero.

kito's picture

wait! i thought it already happened!!! what about all these headlines about japan and china and europe and the u.s. COLLAPSING!!! always COLLAPSING!!!!

One of We's picture

When Zero channel stuffs E Ukraine with GM products full of disease ridden Mexican teenagers then it will be on....

NotApplicable's picture

What's a state without a border to defend?

Winston Churchill's picture

The Uke border patrol abandoned their posts last week,leaving over 150km unsecured.

So I don't know how Kiev can monitor anything,sounds like escalation BS again.

The federalists are getting tanks and APC abandoned by Uke conscripts.T72's are old,

you could buy them on the black in the 90's for a few dollars.

Headbanger's picture

I'd like a T-72 to go with my SKS

But I'd have to install those "parking assist" sensors on it and front & rear cameras.

Don't need snow tires for it however.

And they can run on bio-diesel so that makes em "green"

So what's not to like?


Wahooo's picture

My teenage son is always telling me I should use my credit card to buy a tank and then default on the credit card. He thinks that's the best way to prevent the bank from coming after me.

NotAMathWhiz's picture

Kid is showing real promise, you should be proud...

JuliaS's picture

Mine tells me to buy gold and a boat.

Bernanke'sDaddy's picture

I wonder if Ally "Bank" would give me an 8 year loan for a T-64.

NotApplicable's picture

Well, there you go. Ukraine gov cannot even manage to maintain a border patrol, yet they bitch about Russia failing to stop border crossings.


intric8's picture

Dang! If only they had border control like the american assisted one in mosul...iraq.. um.. wait.... uh....

graneros's picture

Hell what if they had regular ol' American Border Patrol?  Screw tanks we can't stop  several thousand starving children from over running the border. Christ put those kids in tanks and they'd overun DC in a heartbeat. Live Mas ya'll.

Professor Fate's picture

No need for Ukraine to stop them at the border.  When our super freak "Choom" Obama reads the paper and finds out about this, there's going to be hell to pay for Vlad.  Putin knows and fears the wrath of the Choom.  You don't think that viral video of the Choom mandhandling those three pound dumbells and doing stairstep exercises was just a coincidence do you?  I think not!  The Choom owns Putin and everyone knows it. 

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max"  

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Well, why the fuck didn't Ukraine stop them at the border?

Right Sector was preoccupied with a marshmallow roast after hitting a village with incendiary bombs.

ChiangMai's picture

Exactly. What horseshit. It's not Russia's responsibility to protect the Ukrainian border.

overexposed's picture

You'd be surprised at what you can buy on the open markets over in Russia, lol

LawsofPhysics's picture

"I don't think T-72 tanks are just parked in someone's garage." -

You would be surprised.  In the late 80's you could buy a MIG 15 for around $5,000.

My father (USAF retired) had one for a little while.  The upkeep cost and fuel cost was the killer.

Just like horses, people will give you a horse, keeping it is the expensive part.

mvlazysusan's picture

These are amung the 400 just sitting around 40 miles inside the Ukraine border in an old tank junkyard:



This is an attempt of the West to portray Putin as an invader so NATO can go in and "save" Ukraine.

Mr_Vladimir_Putin's picture

I have a few spare to go to Europe in summer.

Joe Davola's picture

Aparently your rebel friends are everywhere!

Dr. Engali's picture

No comment necessary:

Obama: "The World Is Less Violent Than It Has Ever Been"

NotApplicable's picture

He must watch too much Game of Thrones.