WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR GOES HOT: Ukraine’s NSDC: Invading Russian tank column directs firepower at town in Lugansk Oblast, destroys every house, Novosvitlivka liberated from Moscow-backed rebels on Aug. 12, invaders move onto town of Khriaschuvate; 5 trucks full of “armed terrorists” (i.e., rebels, Russian regulars) breach border in Lugansk O. on Aug. 28; Russian tanks, APCs rushing border, pulling back at various sites; Ukrainian IM Avakov: 28 members of Donbass Battalion, 4 journalists escape from town of Ilovaysk, 200 volunteer soldiers surrounded by Moscow-backed rebels, later Russian infantry with tanks, since Aug. 25, follows statement from Putin to allow Ukrainians to retreat; Russian occupational forces mining approaches to Novoazovsk as 1,000s of civilians in neighboring Mariupol help Ukrainian army brace for combined attack by insurgents, Russian tank column N. of city, some residents fleeing; state-run enterprise UkrOboronProm responds to Poroshenko’s orders, shifts into 24/7 mode, ramps up production of armored vehicles
August 30, 2014
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Incidentally, the commander of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Donbass Battalion is an ethnic Russian but a loyal Ukrainian citizen, which highlights the complexity of the Ukraine crisis.