On the day in which "pro-Russian separatists" are again claiming one after another city in east Ukraine, and when Russia has formally warned that any crackdown on protesters is "unacceptable" implicitly threatening retaliation should the promised use of special forces be implemented, moments ago Rustan Temirgaliev, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Miniisters of recently annexed by Russia Crimea, poured some more fuel into the fire and announced on his Facebook page that "the liberation of Southeast Ukraine has begun."
His full statement:
With things rapidly escalating out of control once more, Ukraine acting president has finally decided to, well, act:
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Sadly for Kiev, as the even the Euromadian movement admits, following the seizure of regional police derpartments, Kiev no longer has a way in.
We expect NATO to promptly join in the chorus, as well as the US and Europe threatening with more severe and "costly" sanctions, even as Russia is set to expand its territory for the second time in under a month. All that is needed now is a spark, such as this one:
Report of shooting at militia station in Kramatorsk— bruce springnote (@BSpringnote) April 12, 2014
Arsen Avakov says firefight in progress in Kramatorsk. District Police precinct under attack, UKR policemen shooting back upon engagement.— Ryskeldi Satke (@RyskeldiSatke) April 12, 2014
?????????? pic.twitter.com/60sW7xTSa8— ?????????? (@euromaidan) April 12, 2014
From the Facebook account of Arsen Avakov, Ukraine's acting internal minister:
The message from the public face of the force behind the Kiev uprising has a clear message for those who are now - in title at least - in charge of Ukraine: will someone finally stand up to the Kremlin?
The message was not just for the President though...