WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Kiev claims success as military retakes Donetsk’s Sergey Prokofiev International Airport from pro-Russia militants, Ava- kov: “The airport is under our full control. The enemy suffered heavy losses. We have none”; up to 40 gunmen of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) killed, may have been attempting to prevent visit by President-Elect Poroshenko; ATO spokesman: Rebels must vacate all state buildings or face “precision weaponry”; self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic rejects validity of Ukrainian election, Bolotov alleges DPR leader surrendered to Ukrainian army, denounces Pushilin as “traitor,” target for “liquidation”; State Border Guard Service near Biriukove, Lugansk repels rebel arms convoy as militants try to cross border from Russia, gun battle ensues, incursion thwarted; Ukrainian border guards near Dmytrivka, Donetsk observe large inva- sion force on Russian side: “Up to 40 Kamaz trucks with armed men are concentrated, ready to cross the state border”; 2nd column of 50 trucks spotted oppo- site Rovenky, Lugansk; Interior Ministry forms 3rd National Guard battalion for ATO; unknown persons occupy Communist Party office in Dnipropetrovsk overnight, reds facing ban

In spite of Putin’s apparent willingness to accept the results of Ukrainian election, it is clear he still intends to destabilize and ingest Russia’s neighbor, using proxies for now. If the so-called people’s republics in Donetsk and Lugansk can consolidate their hold on the two regions, then Russian Ground Forces can follow later.

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