Ukraine Closes 8 Border Crossings On Reports Of Russian Troop Movement

On the eve of Obama and Putin coming face-to-face on the beaches in Normandy, tensions appear to be re-escalating in the south and east of Ukraine. As Ukrainian forces continue their "anti-terrorist" operations, newly 'elected' President Poroshsenko is steppung up the protection of his sovereignty:

  • *UKRAINE CLOSES 8 BORDER CROSSINGS WITH RUSSIA
  • *POROSHENKO: 'TERRORISTS' BEING SENT INTO UKRAINE TO SOW CHAOS

There is a great deal of chatter about Russian troop movements into Ukraine with " major accusations today that small units of well-armed militants, some of whom are traveling in armored vehicles, are crossing the Russian border and engaging in firefights with Ukrainian border guards." As if that was not enough, there are now reports that the Chief of Poroshenko's presidential campaign administration has died after an assassination attack in Nemirov city.

 

Ukraine's government has stated on its website that...

  • Seven checkpoints in Luhansk closed, 1 in Donetsk region “to ensure civil security,”

Following talk of Russian troop movements... Via InterpreterMag,

There are major accusations today that small units of well-armed militants, some of whom are traveling in armored vehicles, are crossing the Russian border and engaging in firefights with Ukrainian border guards.

 

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Now, Tymchuk reports that 1 APC, 4 Kamaz trucks mounted with heavy machineguns, 3 minibuses and 4 cars filled with militants have all crossed the border near the Marinovka checkpoint, north of Lugansk.

 

Meanwhile, this video claims to show several Russian BTR armored vehicles racing toward the Ukrainian border to the south, near Rostov on Don and racing toward Amvroseyevka. While the video has not been verified, the topography matches (as does the weather report), but the date is not confirmed. The problem is that, months ago, when large amounts of Russian troops were on the move, there were many eyewitness reports and videos. Two vehicles, or smaller convoys, moving on major highways, might pass witnesses by before they have the chance to video the vehicles. In other words, these claims are very hard to prove, or disprove.

 


The reports of Russian troops and vehicles crossing the border have not been independently verified, but the frequency of those claims over the last few days has been alarming, and coincides with a sudden surge in separatist military assaults, and victories.
The Ukrainian government appears to be losing control of the border, which means that the flood of Russian fighters across the border may be unstoppable at this moment without a significant change in fortune for the Ukrainian military.

And then news of Poroshenko's election campaign manager being killed...

Head of the election headquarters of presidential candidate of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in one area of the Vinnitsa region was found murdered in Nemiroff.

 

"Fifth June, about half of the first body of a man with a gunshot wound to the head found in the cabin of his own car on a street Nemirova. Given the evidence, the Investigation Department officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Vinnytsia region opened criminal proceedings on the grounds of an offense under article" Intentional murder "of the Criminal Code of Ukraine", - the " Interfax referring to the site of MIA of Ukraine.

Perfect timing for US equities to hit all new record highs... as Russia and Ukraine look set to actually come to blows...