WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR GOES HOT: Russian Ground Forces in firm control of Ukrainian border town after launching invasion on Aug. 25, bolsters flagging Donbass insurgents, stockpiles armaments in Novoazovsk for further ops; invasion force splits up: 1) northward Russian column consists of up to 100 tanks, heavy weapons, seen moving towards Temanove on Aug. 27; VDV’s Pskov division besieges Ukrainian forces at Ilovaysk; encircled by 12 Russian paratroopers, 2 Ukrainian majors refuse to surrender, perish while blowing up all attackers, selves with grenades, ATO urges conferment of title “Hero of Ukraine”; 2) southward Russian column consists of 60 tanks, concentrated 12 mi. N. of Mariupol; Ukrainian army, National Guard units from Novoazovsk fall back to new positions along coastal highway, mine approaches to port city; 3) possible pincer movement from occupied Crimea feared; Ukrainian troops in shootout with Russian recon patrol near Kherson Oblast on Aug. 25, 3 Russian helos stray 500 m N. of peninsula’s militarized border; 4) Reuters reporter in Russia’s Rostov Oblast witnesses battle-weary, injured soldiers returning from Ukraine, 2 mi. away, army helo landing at first-aid base
August 29, 2014
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Russia is no longer a partner like it used to be; it has to be seen as an enemy.
— High-ranking NATO diplomat, quoted in Deutsche-Welle, August 29, 2014
We have to change our positions frequently as enemy spotters help artillery attacks on us. It’s the Russian invasion. We saw it yesterday [Aug. 27] when Russian tanks with Russian flags and soldiers entered Novoazovsk.
— Ukrainian serviceman, quoted in Zik (Lviv), August 29, 2014
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