Kiev says shells from Russian-side of border hit east Ukraine today, despite peace talks, and territory falls to pro-Russian separatists

Ukrainian T-84 Tank (Vitaly Kuzmin)


Pro-Russian forces took a town today after the Kiev government in Ukraine said shells out of Russia hit east Ukraine today:

August 27, 2014

KYIV—The battle for Ukraine’s strategic coastline intensified Wednesday as pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling.

The fall of Novoazovsk, a resort town of 40,000 on the Sea of Azov, is a strategic move as the town sits on the road linking Russia to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol and Crimea on the Black Sea.

Rebels in eastern Ukraine also appear to have seized swathes of territory from government forces.

Reports from journalists say Ukrainian forces abandoned vehicles and ammunition as they retreated from the advancing rebel forces.

August 27, 2014

KYIV— Ukrainian security forces Wednesday reported increased Russian-supported military activity in eastern Ukraine as the leaders of the two countries met to discuss a possible peace plan. Russia says economic concerns remain a sticking point during negotiations with Ukraine.

Ukrainian national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters in Kyiv Wednesday about increased shelling of Ukrainian territory coming from across the border in Russia a day earlier and the movement of Russian troops.

“Russia continues to build up its military presence at their border,” he said. “During the last 24 hours, Russian military vehicles concentrated in border districts mostly in the Rostov region,” he said.

Lysenko said intelligence sources reported increased activity of Russian forces in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.

Moscow denies supporting pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian armed forces in eastern Ukraine.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladmir Putin met Tuesday in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, to discuss the conflict and other issues of contention between their two countries.

A statement from the Ukrainian president’s office Wednesday said the two sides discussed the closing of the border to “prevent the movement of armored vehicles, mercenaries and ammunition.”

In a press briefing following the Minsk meeting, President Putin called the conflict a domestic issue for Ukraine but said Russia will participate in efforts to stop the bloodshed.

“Russia will do everything to support this peaceful process, if it will start,” he said.  “From our point of view, this process should start immediately,” he said.

Putin also called for renewed dialogue on outstanding trade issues, including the implementation of an agreement creating stronger ties between Ukraine and the European Union that Putin said poses a “significant risk” to the Russian economy.

Ukraine’s former Russian-backed president, Victor Yanukovich, had refused to sign the deal, sparking protests in Kyiv in February that eventually led to his resignation and significantly raised tensions with Moscow and pro-Russian Ukrainians, setting the scene for the present conflict.

In my view, Vladimir Putin is attempting to figure out how far he can safely go without excessively provoking the West, while he is seeing how far Kiev will bend to accommodate some of his objectives. Most in the West do not realize how bad Russia wants Ukraine, and what is happening now are simply interim steps–steps to pressure Ukraine to accommodate Russia.

Russia essentially wants to influence and/or acquire all the territory of Ukraine.

Russia’s President Putin basically believes that the West poses a threat to his nation and that if all of Ukraine goes into the European Union (which is what the government of Kiev wants), it will thus militarily align with the West (which is what it is in the process of doing). Russia does not want NATO closer.

But this is having the opposite reaction as far as NATO is concerned:

The 28 NATO members are preparing for their summit meeting in Wales in early September. The main topic of discussion: the notion of collective defense in light of Russia’s recent actions against Ukraine. Simply put, NATO’s collective defense posture means that an attack on one of its 28 members is an attack on all of them.

And NATO is now planning to put NATO forces closer to Russia.

August 27, 2014

NATO is to deploy its forces at new bases in Eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general.

That being said, NATO has avoided direct military action against Russia related to Ukraine or the annexation of Crimea.  Ukraine is not a member of NATO and Vladimir Putin wishes it to remain out of it.  Part of what Vladimir Putin appears to be doing now is determining if it is better to be more aggressive to attempt to support east Ukrainian separatists and risk Ukraine going into NATO or wait until a ‘better time’ if Ukraine will not become part of NATO until possibly much later in the future.

Many in parts of Ukraine and Russia are descendents from the ancient Medes.  Despite the talks between Ukraine and the Europeans, those called Medes are biblically prophesied to destroy the final European Babylonian power (Isaiah 13:1, 17-19; Jeremiah 51:11).

From not stopping shelling coming across from Russia, to supplying the separatists’ supplies, to meeting with the Ukrainian government, these acts seem to be showing that Vladimir Putin still has plans for Ukraine and indicates he is working under the hope to be able to influence/control all of it (though he may be satisfied with some pieces along the east).

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