Following yesterday's "large-scale" rebel offensive, as Ukraine's military reported it, and hot on the heels of Poroshenko's threat of imminent martial law (including the right to detain or force relocate foreign nationals at will) and Soros' exposure as the 'lethal-weapon-demanding' puppet-master, Tass reports Ukraine’s nationalists affiliated with the extremist organization calling itself the Right Sector (outlawed in Russia) have been urged to cut short their vacations and all commanders, ordered to begin full mobilization. NATO has asked both sides to back down, focused on Russia's responsibility as Poroshenko says there are now more than 9,000 Russian troops on Ukraine soil (though YouTube proof remains absent).
As Tass reports, Poroshenko appears to be falling back on his neo-nazi 'non-terrorist' supporters to fight the pro-Russian 'terrorists'...
Ukraine’s nationalists affiliated with the extremist organization calling itself the Right Sector (outlawed in Russia) have been urged to cut short their vacations and all commanders, ordered to begin full mobilization, Right Sector spokesman Andrey Stempitsky has said.
"Those who are away on vacation or have left for home during the lull on the frontline should get ready to return to their units. The commanders of reserve battalions should declare mobilization to build up their squads to full strength and keep their men ready to leave for combat units or a training center," Stempitsky says in a message posted on Facebook.
Stempitsky said that "despite resistance from the advocates of armistice we will go to fight."
The Right Sector is a Ukrainian association of radical nationalist organizations. In November 2014 Russia’s Supreme Court declared it as an extremist organization and outlawed its operation in Russia’s territory. Earlier, Russia launched criminal proceedings against the group’s leader Dmitry Yarosh over calls for terrorism.
As DPA reports, Poroshenko knows who to blame...
There are more than 9,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, presenting the threat of an upcoming large-scale offensive, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday. A surge in fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian military forces in eastern Ukraine this week has been the deadliest since a ceasefire was signed in February.
"There is still a colossal threat of a resurgence of large-scale military actions by Russian terrorist groups," Poroshenko told parliament during a speech to mark the end of his first year in office.
"On the territory of Ukraine there are 14 Russian military battalions of tactical groups amounting to more than 9,000 servicemen," Poroshenko said.
As does NATO...
Russia must act to reduce east Ukraine tension - NATO's Stoltenberg
Russia has a particular responsibility to help stop the renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. Both sides in the conflict must withdraw heavy weapons from the frontline and help implement the previously signed ceasefire agreements, he told reporters in Oslo.
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Then the finger-pointing escalated:
- *RHODES: `ONGOING VIOLATIONS' BY RUSSIA OF MINSK AGREEMENTS
- *RUSSIA REITERATES IT HAS NO TROOPS IN UKRAINE: IFX
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It appears, perhaps strengthening Soros' case for lethal aid, that The Minsk Accord is hanging by a thread.