WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko responds to war drums in Moscow, says: 1) “Russian accusations that Ukraine has launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. These fantasies pursue the only goal: a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine’; 2) places army on combat alert along frontlines in Crimea, Donbas; 3) urges foreign ministry to arrange Normandy Four peace talks, also invites US VP Biden, Pres. of European Council/former Polish PM Tusk; outgoing US ambassador to Ukraine scoffs at allegations: “Russia has a record of frequently levying false accusations at Ukraine to deflect attention from its own illegal actions”; state of Ukrainian land defenses since Russia’s seizure of Crimea: 1) Kiev allocated US$155 million to build 2,000 km of defensive barriers along Russian border, total of 180 km of anti-tank trenches dug as of Aug. 2015, additional 230 km of trenches, metal fences, 32 watchtowers constructed between Kharkiv and Chernihiv (in N. Ukraine) as of Feb. 2016; 2) state-run armored vehicle plant quadruples output, delivers 13 T64BV, 12 T-80BV tanks to Ukrainian Ground Forces; Ukraine boasts 160,000 active frontline personnel (to Russia’s 766,055) and 2,809 MBTs, light tanks, tank destroyers (to Russia’s 15,398); Russia’s military ranked 2nd most powerful in world, Ukraine’s is 30th
August 11, 2016
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Open hostility between the leadership of Russia and Ukraine does not bode well. In terms of the political subtext to this conflict, which is generally ignored by the Western MSM, Putin reaffirmed his commitment to communist ideals back in January, while Ukraine repudiated its Soviet legacy by banning communism last year. Viva Golitsyn!
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