WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Poltorak: Ukrainian National Guard mounts total blockade of rebel-held city in Donetsk Oblast, “no opportunity to bring in reinforcements” for Slaviansk militants; Mi-8 army helicopter at Kramatorsk air base destroyed by RPG prior to take-off, pilot escaped; pro-Russia sepa- ratists (i.e., Spetsnaz) claim responsibility for attack; OSCE mission missing in rebel region, kidnapping feared; army guards massive Soviet-era weapons cache at nearby Volodarsky salt mine, but competes with insurgent blockade ( i.e., locals, war vets, Cossacks); Yatseniuk responds to Russian military exercises barely 1,100 yards from Ukraine’s SE border: “The aggressive efforts of the Russian military on Ukraine’s soil will lead to a conflict on European soil”; US official to NBC News: Russian Ground Forces “pulsing the border,” “making a run toward Ukraine” but “pulling up well short” in training maneuvers; blast at Odessa checkpoint, 7 injured, follows attempt by Transnistrian agent to smuggle explosives into Ukraine

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