WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Amid NATO standoff with Russia over Ukraine crisis, Pentagon tracks “drastic” surge in Russian strategic aviation patrols around Japan, Korea, flights to Guam, US West Coast; 30 pro-Russia separatists killed in 5 days of fighting in rebel stronghold of Slaviansk; Kiev briefly suspends international flights at Donetsk airport, eTurboNews: “Ukrainian authorities control this airport. . . . [T]hey want to avoid to have Russian special forces or agents arrive from Moscow or indirectly from Moscow via Istanbul” (i.e., like Soviet special ops at Prague airport, Aug. 1968); 30 militants armed with RPGs surround Interior Ministry base in Donetsk city, demand troops not join government ATO, leave; uncon- firmed reports of Russian irregulars, Cossacks enter- ing Ukraine’s Lugansk Oblast, setting up SAMs with complicity of Antratsyt District authorities; follows armed seizure of police HQ in border city of Antratsyt on Apr. 30, city council on May 5, raising of Russian, Don Cossack flags; “Lugansk People’s Republic” backs illegal May 11 vote on regional status; Moldova places borders on alert after Moscow-backed Transnistrian agents carry out deadly provocations, fire in Odessa; Ukraine Rada expels Communist faction for separatist (i.e., pro-Moscow) comments, Transnistrian Commun- ists back “independence” (i.e., RF accession)

It is a well-known fact that the ‘liberation’ of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 began with the arrival at Prague airport of Soviet military transport planes with VDV troops on board. The airborne troops did not need parachutes; the planes simply landed at the airport. Before the troops disembarked there was a moment when both the aircraft and their passengers were completely defenceless. Was the Soviet high command not taking a risk? No, because the fact is that by the time the planes landed, Prague airport had already been largely paralysed by a group of ‘tourists’ who had arrived earlier.

— Viktor Suvorov, “Behind Enemy Lines: Spetsnaz Tactics” (Chapter 11), Spetsnaz: The Story behind the Soviet SAS (London, 1987)

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