Ukraine shells Donetsk

Ukrainian BM-30 Smerch Rocket Launcher (Michael)


The Kiev government of Ukraine shelled those supporting the declared Donetsk People’s Republic, which reportedly had received more arms:

November 9, 2014

Ukraine’s separatist bastion of Donetsk came under intense artillery fire Sunday, increasing strains on a two-month-old cease-fire deal between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

European monitors in Ukraine say they are very concerned after seeing convoys of heavy weapons and tanks in separatist-controlled areas of Ukraine. …

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Beijing Saturday the U.S. and Russia agreed to exchange information about developments in Ukraine. When it comes to sanctions against Russia, Kerry said choices Moscow makes on Ukraine will decide what happens.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who met briefly with Kerry, said it is up to the separatists and Ukrainian government to finalize the cease-fire.

Ukraine says Russia has sent dozens of tanks, heavy weapons, ammunition and soldiers into Kremlin-backed eastern Ukraine. NATO sources said that the vehicles appeared to be unmanned. But a spokesperson said they “represent a potential for significant reinforcements of heavy weapons to the Ukrainian separatists.”

Ukraine’s military said its forces killed as many as 200 rebels in fighting in Donetsk as dozens of tanks and other military vehicles crossed the border into Ukraine from Russia.

“Insurgents who were shelling Ukrainian troop positions at Donetsk Airport yesterday were killed by government troop artillery strikes,” Ukraine’s Defence Ministry said on its website. “Four separatist tanks, two armoured personnel carriers, two howitzers, and an infantry combat vehicle were destroyed, and up to 200 insurgents were killed.”

The death toll, which couldn’t be independently confirmed, is the biggest reported number of troops or fighters killed since the start of a September 5 truce. Earlier, the Ukrainian government said it had suffered more than 100 killed and about 600 wounded since the cease-fire came into force.

As tensions between the former Soviet republics threatened to escalate into open war, Ukraine’s army is preparing “for an adequate reaction”, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in Kiev on Friday. He said pro-Russian rebel shelling of government troops with grad missiles, mortars and artillery had killed five soldiers and wounded 16 in the last 24 hours.

November 9, 2014

Shelling has resumed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, just hours after an intense artillery bombardment throughout the night.

An eyewitness said the overnight shelling was the worst in more than a month, lasting almost eight hours.

It appeared to be coming from both rebel and government positions.

The fighting comes a day after monitors saw large numbers of military vehicles in rebel areas. Ukraine says it thinks the rebels get equipment from Russia.

Moscow denies this, although in the past it has said that Russian soldiers on leave were fighting among the rebels. …

The shelling in Donetsk started four days ago, just after elections in rebel areas, but the round which took place overnight into Sunday was extremely heavy. …

Fears of a return to full-scale conflict were raised after the separatists held elections on Sunday in defiance of Ukraine’s government and Western countries.

Russia has recognised the vote which led to separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko, 38, being sworn in as head of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic.

Igor Plotnitsky, a 50-year-old ex-Soviet army officer, was declared head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, further to the east.

President Petro Poroshenko has accused the rebels of tearing up the peace deal and said that a law granting the rebel-held regions partial autonomy would be scrapped. He has ordered reinforcements to key cities in case of a rebel offensive.

But the separatists hit back on Wednesday, arguing that it was the scrapping of the special status deal that broke the peace agreement.

The question now is how bad does Russia want eastern Ukraine?

Russia may be waiting for formal requests by the Donetsk People’s Republic and/or the Luhansk People’s Republic to openly and directly intervene.

Vladimir Putin already knows that the USA will not intervene directly militarily.  He also knows that there should be a new USA president in just over two years, so he can start a new relationship with the USA then, despite how much his relationship with the Obama Administration is damaged now.

The more pressing issues for Vladimir Putin in all of this is his relations with Europe.  Specifically German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his supporters in Moldova.  He also has concerns about the sale of Russian oil to Europe, but as he feels he can instead sell it to China and others in the east, the oil situation is not always paramount in his thinking.

Vladimir Putin most likely wants to give Angela Merkel the argument that Kiev forced him to do what he has done and he is trying to support the will of the people in the east.  Angela Merkel, however, wants all of Ukraine in the European Union and will not be pleased to lose more of it (Crimea has already been lost and is now part of Russia).  That does not mean she will pull out all stops against Russia publicly.  However, Germany will take steps it feels will make itself better able to deal with Russia in the future.  As Germans today celebrate the destruction of the Berlin Wall, they realize that Russia has been a historical problem and most are willing to take steps to try to minimize Russian influence in the future.

While Russia does have some concerns about the West and sanctions, it really is trying to figure out how to get the public in eastern Ukraine and Moldova on its side.  If Kiev keeps shelling and upsetting those in Donetsk and Luhansk, they may want more Russian help and intervention.

That also might encourage the pro-Russian supporters in Moldova.

Moldova is considered to be the poorest nation in Europe and has parliamentary elections scheduled for November 30th.  Moldova has signed an Association Agreement with the European Union in Brussels on 27 June 2014.  Although Moldova has taken steps to be part of the European Union, many there do not trust that the European Union will truly help and that Russia would be a more reliable partner.

Russia wants more nations to support its upcoming Eurasian Union while those in Brussels want more nations to support its European Union.

The Bible itself tells of a type of Eurasian confederation (Jeremiah 50:41-42; Revelation 16:12-14) as well as a confederation of Europeans (Daniel 11:21-40; Revelation 13).

Eastern Ukraine and Moldova are basically between both.  Yet since the Bible tells of a joining of the “kings of the Medes” (Jeremiah 51:11-32), this means whichever peoples are more from a Median background will ultimately support Russia against Europe.

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