WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukrainian army destroys 2 insurgent bases near Slaviansk, Krama- torsk, Donetsk Oblast, no casualties, 3 rebels captured; pro-Russia separatists abduct National Guard regional cmdr. on May 12, Kiev uncertain of Col. Lebid’s loca- tion; government-backed Dnepr, Donbass Volunteer Battalions train for guerrilla war against separatists; UK’s center-left Guardian: Kremlin propaganda about Right Sector threat against Russophones “exaggerated”; Kiev demands Moscow withdraw troops from border as pre-condition for “road map” to peace, condemns Russian Air Force drill to take place N. of rebel-held Lugansk Oblast May 21-26, during Ukraine’s presiden- tial vote; Russian naval aviation pilots carry out bomb- ing drills in Kaliningrad; Tusk: “The NATO presence . . . should be greater in Baltic countries, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria . . . where we have a border with an unstable region”; Czechs chicken out, recall 1968 Soviet invasion, side with Slovaks, question need for NATO troops on territory
May 15, 2014
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If Putin has not reacted to the call of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ to make it a part of Russia, it does not mean he gave up the Donbass region. On the contrary, I don’t doubt that Russia will start military action by the election on May 25 and call it a ‘peacekeeping operation in eastern Ukraine’. By the way, Belarus will take part in the ‘operation’ too. Lukashenka made a clear hint lately. Putin wants not only the Donbass region, but also entire Ukraine, Transnistria, a part of Latvia and Estonia. A new Russian Empire is the only state that would require Putin as president. Putin is under strong pressure from overexcited Russian patriots, whom he agitated.
— Konstantin Borovoy, former Russian Federation State Duma deputy, Party of Economic Freedom, former general manager of Russian Trading System; quoted by Charter 97, May 14, 2014
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