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US Accuses Russia Of Sending 10 Tanks Into Ukraine; Russia Responds Merely "Enhancing Border Security"

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US officials are "readying targeted sanctions on finance, defense, and tech sectors," as they tell Bloomberg that 10 Russian tanks crossed the border into Ukraine in the last 24 hours. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official noted that EU-US discussions on Ukraine are intensifying. Russia has responded, "we are surprised by statements of alleged deployment of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine. In this case, there is no military buildup, there are only measures to strengthen the border security of the Russian Federation, measures taken on direct instructions from Russian president." This is all occurring with the background of Poroshenko's cease-fire plan.


Via Bloomberg:



The US official's comments appear to reflect Ukraine Pravda...

"We have had operational reports that 10 Grad BM-21 military vehicles have crossed the Ukrainian state border and are in Ukrainian territory", said Koval.


According to him, one vehicle has been caught and destroyed.


The Ukrainian military have found evidence that it belongs to the Russian army.

And of course, the US has its YouTube clips...

As Interpretermag reports, a closer inspection of a video of Russian armoured vehicles being transported near the border at Millerovo yesterday shows that a number of the vehicles are unmarked, like those seen in eastern Ukraine.



But Russia is denying the intrusion...

Moscow is surprised by allegations of a buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine, saying it is only taking measures backed by European leaders to better protect its border, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday.


Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Russia had to tighten security at the Ukrainian border "because it is being increasingly violated, including by military vehicles."


"We are surprised by statements of alleged deployment of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine. In this case, there is no military buildup, there are only measures to strengthen the border security of the Russian Federation, measures taken on direct instructions from Russian president," Peskov said.


"[The instructions] were given several weeks ago, and they were made public and received a positive response from European leaders," the spokesman added.


“As for the troop numbers, this is defined by the need to ensure the due level of border security,” Peskov said.

While markets appear to have shrugged off any and every potential WWIII related geopolitcs, the Ukraine tensions are re-building and if the US does sectoral sanctions, we can only imagine the 'boomerang' that Russia will throw.

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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:14 | 4877968 PartysOver
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Putin doing a little community organizing.  Just a little jab at Obama.  Nothing to see here.   YET!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:18 | 4877993 sushi
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War will break out in commeration of the anniversary of WWI.

Nothing like a little military adventurism to stoke that celebratory spirit.

Medals for everyone! Two for Kerry!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:21 | 4878018 icanhasbailout
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Obama: "What the hell is 'border security'"?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:28 | 4878042 maskone909
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border security: keeping americans inside.



Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:30 | 4878053 Ignatius
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A lot of restraint by Russia.

If this were happening on Canadian border US tanks would already be in Toronto.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:36 | 4878058 Atlas_shrugging
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Russia needs to respond "Sorry, we lost fucking hard drive"

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:38 | 4878075 sushi
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 6. Il 76 shoot down in area of Lugansk searched by Novorossiya forces the morning after. Ukr forces had secured site and removed all bodies and documents at night. Novorossiya forces found many Ukr had missed at site after day came. Many identification documents were Polish, one FRG. Confirmed.



More good news.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:55 | 4878130 Headbanger
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Damn!  The Mexicans must be pouring into Russia from Ukraine too!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:22 | 4878239 MarsInScorpio
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WTF - according to Wiki, the BM-21 is a rocket launcher, not a tank:









Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:51 | 4878354 BlindMonkey
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Do you honestly expect the media to be accurate about anything involving military equipment? It would be like asking me about the Versace catalog.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:20 | 4878695 Headbanger
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Then again..  They could be all lined up for the free tank and APC wash that goes with every fill up in Ukraine.

And it's really nice weather for a wash & wax of the 'ol battle tank..

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:34 | 4878061 Save_America1st
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FUCK YOU, OBAMA!  Why doesn't your sorry, treasonous, worthless ass worry more about America's borders first and quit fucking around with the middle east and eastern Europe, you fucking douche bag. 

And yes, ordering border patrol and DHS to willfully allow illegal aliens to invade America's borders and overrun our cities and to use tax payer dollars to buy these people bus tickets and grant them amnesty IS TREASON, you fucking scumbag. 

Not only should you be impeached, but then hung from the top of Statue of Liberty as a warning for all the other Marxist traitors in this country. 

Bring back McCarthy!!!  It's obvious he was more than right all along!!!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:39 | 4878083 FLHRS
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Hey Save_America, don't mince your words.  Tell us how you really feel. :)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:53 | 4878119 Save_America1st
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I always do.  looks like obama or one of his NSA douchebag bitchez down-voted me.  ;-) 


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:34 | 4878280 economics9698
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cocksucker in chief.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:14 | 4878441 CheapBastard
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I am sure those tanks are simply "advisors" in similar capacity to the 300 green berets Barry just sent to "advise" Eye-Rack.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:17 | 4878218 NotApplicable
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Why do you act as if this is all real? Everything that has made you mad happens solely in order to make you mad.

It's pure divide and conquer, and as long as you believe in it, you are aiding and abbetting Obummer and the rest of the stooges by demanding they be held accountable to a facade.

Simply put, you'll never eradicate evil by using the same evil means that empower them. All you do is to empower the next generation of evil-do(good)ers.

(and no, I didn't junk you)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:37 | 4878295 economics9698
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Well when people are younger they can fuck to divert attention away from the old fart fucking up the world, but eventually they become the old farts fucking up the world.  It sucks.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:46 | 4878338 fishmonger
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Buckwheat the fudge-packing, big-eared, Kenyan Dung Beetle loves the porous Southern border for numerous reasons. Drug smuggling, gun running, human trafficking of future voters, etc...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:17 | 4877982 1000yrdstare
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War by Oct-Nov? any bets? just askin.......I'm an optimist....

(gotta go to Aldi to buy more Spam)

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:15 | 4877984 alexcojones
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Speaking of tanks, military tanks,

I wonder if the M1A1 Abrams tanks used in Iraq returned homeland?

Hate to think such heavy weapons "fell" into ISIS hands when they could be used here in 'Murica to put down rebels, terrorists and US veterans who served in IRaq, freeing the people there.

Just wondering.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:14 | 4878200 ChiangMai
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ISIS In Iraq and The Path To Iran

Brandon Turbeville / Activist Post

20 June 2014

"One of the reasons for directing ISIS’ assault against Iraq is the ability to arm the organization with heavy military equipment to then be funneled across the border into Syria for use in that country. Such equipment as tanks, Humvees, and even helicopters could thus be written off as a mistake and not the backdoor weapons transfer that it was. 

"Second, and more likely, is the possibility that the United States has allowed ISIS to conquer Iraqi territory so as to justify the eventual invasion of Syria in addition to the reinvasion of Iraq…"


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:18 | 4877987 Dr. Engali
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What's going on in Iraq again? Oh yeah more boots on the ground. Funny how it's bad for Russia to be concerned about what's going on next to their borders, yet it's okay for us to open ours up and worry about what's happening a half a world away. Maybe in bizzarro world Russia should be addressing our border situation.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:22 | 4878023 CrashisOptimistic
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Of more interest, or curiosity, why is it presumed that tanks can be shipped and generic shopkeepers are instantly trained to be able to make use of them?

I suppose driving and shooting a tank's gun is less complicated than flying a fighter jet, but I also suspect it's more complicated than driving a car -- and we do training for driving a car.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:53 | 4878358 BlindMonkey
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Remember when the BMP stalled in the middle of town? The shop keepers found the red button then.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:24 | 4878030 NoDebt
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Maybe they will be someday.  

I mean, they're the biggest country in the world by area and the length of their borders is VAST.  Somehow they don't seem to have a problem with "border porosity" like we do.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:51 | 4878116 Overfed
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Here's hint. The Russians don't give SNAP cards, free medical care, or housing vouchers to their illegals. There is no need to 'secure' our border, we only need to take down the birdfeeder. And de-criminalize drugs. Easy and cheap.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:21 | 4877988 Squid Viscous
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did Noodleman ever play Risk when she was a young reptile? just wondering...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:02 | 4878390 IndyPat
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Only while the cookies were in the oven....

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:19 | 4877994 Reaper
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When are Obama and the US telling the truth? When they're not talking.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:33 | 4878500 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Lying on condition of anonymity, the US official said 10 Russian tanks crossed the border into Ukraine in the last 24 hours.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:19 | 4877997 lolmao500
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My source says that pro-russian forces have entered ukraine from russia from at least 4 locations, in several groups as to not be spotted.

And true that :

A year ago, there was little danger of war between major powers. No longer true: Russia vs Baltics/NATO? China vs VN/Japan? Guns of August?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:10 | 4878180 Patriot Eke
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My source? It isn't like the Russians are hiding it.  The information is all over YT and other sites.  Where is this "border" they speak about anyway?  I'm guessing it could be anywhere East of Kiev.  If the West wants to argue about it too, the border could be West of Kiev.  The choice isn't theirs at the moment anyway.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:55 | 4879075 tonyw
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According to ANNA the anti-fascists have taken over a tank base in Donetsk and now have 221 tanks ??


I don't suppose many are in working order but some is better than none and they'll cannabalise them to get more working.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:20 | 4878001 Sonic the porcupine
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They are just military advisors.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:20 | 4878002 Duc888
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..."Russia Responds Merely "Enhancing Border Security".


Hey King O, How's our border security? 


Oh wait...


we don't have any.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:21 | 4878012 Winston Churchill
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This Sunday is All Saints day in Russia.

If Putin is going to intervene,it will be then.

Putin is not a dictator,as many believe here, and Russian public opinion is

overwhelmingly in favor of intervention.

A no fly zone, and missile strikes on Uke artillery is probably where this is heading.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:09 | 4878421 IndyPat
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At first I was marveling at Putins restraint in this shit show.

Now I'm thinking he is taking his time to get a really overwhelming show on the road. Also, if reports of Polish aircraft running missions for the Uks is true, God help those stupid fucks.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:23 | 4878013 Ms. Erable
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The US spends $10 billion; Putin sends a company of 10 tanks. Take a guess as to whose contribution to Ukrainian safety and stability is more cost-effective.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:41 | 4878089 sushi
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Do not forget that USSA spent over $5 billion just to get this party started. I am sure Soros helped out with an equivalent amount. Warmongering is tax deductible.



Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:23 | 4878028 alexcojones
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Another observation on Tanks.

I went to a book signing with the guy who wrote "Jarhead." Anthony Swofford. Nice enough guy.  I asked him if he had actually witnessed the Highway of Death? He said yes.

Recall that A-10 Warthogs destroyed lots of military equiptment and civilian cars/trucks too. BUT, now thanks to 'Murica toppling Libya and sending Stinger/Manpads to the Al-CIada freedom fighters, the A-10 Warthog might have a tougher time.

Thanks COn-Gress, Obummer and NeO-Con/ Neo-Libs!

You ALWAYS Have America's Back! (Against the wall, that is)


BTW, When Putin finally starts Shootin, this is what Nulanders will suffer.

Images for highway of death a-10 warthog

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:55 | 4878129 Overfed
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There is a big movement in the pork factory to get rid of the A-10. It's too cheap, reliable, easy to repair, and effective.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:24 | 4878029 SoDamnMad
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M1As tanks got brought home and there are something like 2100 of them mothballed in a Nevada desert.  Army didn't want any more but there was a budget item for more (100??)  supported by the senator of the state they are manufacturered in.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:22 | 4878467 IndyPat
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I'm sure the city council of Indianapolis has a bid in to purchase a dozen of the mothballed M1As, for law enforcement of course.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:24 | 4878031 Randy Goodnight
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The U.S. should follow Russia's lead and send tanks to protect its borders.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:29 | 4878487 IndyPat
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That....and a shitload of mines.
Problem solved.
Give illegals here 30 days to put their asses in the wind. Put a bounty on those that remain. Seize all property of the illegals that remained. Give half as bounty, the other half goes for bus/air fare back south of the boarder.

Next step is toppling the Mexican Government and Army.
Should take all of two weeks. Flip a coin whether to annex as states or just leave the shithole vacant.
I say annex. They have oil and lots of beachfront. The spics want jobs? They can drywall and landscape their shithole homeland after we level it.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:25 | 4878036 kowalli
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US still didn't give us any evidence of Russian army in Ukraine,but give us many  lies like WMD in Iraq

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:28 | 4878041 taoJones
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Let me get this straight, you create catastrophic sh!t-storms in both the Ukraine & Iraq (and elsewhere) with civilain deaths in the 100's of thousands, and yet you have the cojones to accuse Russia of rolling *10* tanks across the border?!


I honestly can't take your self-righteous blathering any more... what a sick cesspool you have become...

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:30 | 4878054 SmilinJoeFizzion
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