I hope the separatists prevail and defeat the neo-Nazi battalions sent from Kiev. What kind of degenerates would bring the hated Nazis back to life? Victoria Nuland of the USA led the way on behalf of her boss Obama, and of course as usual USA's lapdogs like Stephen Harper, John Baird and other Conservative party members of Canada followed suit as did all the pussy governments of the EU. It's so hard to believe that our tax dollars are going to fund these Nazi battalions. But, on the other hand haven't we seen how the Western powers have been funding, arming and aiding Al Qaeda and affiliates for the last two decades? It's just a short step from supporting Muslim terrorists to Nazi terrorists. Nothing should shock or surprise us anymore. We have seen the depths of depravity our leaders can go to in order to attain their evil ends.... which ends hopefully will always be out of their reach.
According to the "rumors now/probably facts later" feeds from Russia/Ukraine focused bloggers, Novorussia (that's the name the rebels use when referring to the territories falling under their control) rebels are making mincemeat of the neo-Nazi battalions in the Azov coastal areas and are either on their way to the strategically placed Mariupol or Mariupol has already been surrounded. After that, Odessa is the prize worth fighting for.
Two Ukrainian National Guard boats have also been hit by rebels in the Azov Sea and there are reports of sailors killed and wounded. All this loss of life could have been avoided if the Kiev govt. had not foolishly taken the advise of foreign elementsto attack their own people and target civilian areas.
With regard to the last vid below, I am presuming it's a part of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion which has since been reported as almost decimated and remaining neo-Nazis fleeing back to Kiev.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels have recently opened a new offensive along the seacoast.......
.....Putin said Ukraine should stop the offensive.
“If anybody believes that in a situation where the cities and villages of east Ukraine come under direct fire that the militiamen will have no reaction to that, but will simply wait for the promised talks, then these people are prisoner to some illusions,” he said.
His statement comes as Ukrainian forces battle against newly strengthened resistance from the rebels. After making gains in recent weeks, Ukraine has been forced to pull out of several towns over the past week.
Residents began returning to their homes Sunday in areas vacated by retreating Ukrainian forces......
.....There is barely a street in Hrabske and the nearby town of Ilovaysk left unscarred by artillery strikes. The bitter fight for Ilovaysk and surrounding areas lasted the best part of a month. On Saturday, the government conceded its inevitable defeat as its armed forces were surrounded and under relentless attack.....
Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists
Kiev throws paramilitaries – some openly neo-Nazi - into the front of the battle with rebels
The fighters of the Azov battalion lined up in single file to say farewell to their fallen comrade. His pallid corpse lay under the sun in an open casket trimmed with blue velvet.
Some of the men placed carnations by the body, others roses. Many struck their chests with a closed fist before touching their dead friend’s arm. One fighter had an SS tattoo on his neck.....
.......The Azov battalion has the most chilling reputation of all...........
Mariupol, Ukraine - Blue and yellow Ukrainian flags fly over Mariupol's burned-out city administration building and at military checkpoints around the city, but at a sport school near a huge metallurgical plant, another symbol is just as prominent: the wolfsangel ("wolf trap") symbol that was widely used in the Third Reich and has been adopted by neo-Nazi groups.
The Azov Battalion -- so named for the Sea of Azov on which this industrial city is located -- is one of dozens of volunteer battalions fighting alongside pro-government forces in eastern Ukraine. After separatist troops and armor attacked from the nearby Russian border and took the neighboring town of Novoazovsk, this openly neo-Nazi unit has suddenly found itself defending the city against what Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a Russian invasion.
Pro-Russian forces have said they are fighting against Ukrainian nationalists and "fascists" in the conflict, and in the case of Azov and other battalions, these claims are essentially true.
With the incursion from the Russian border, Mariupol, which had been peaceful since pro-Russian protestors were forced out in May, has become a third theater in the eastern Ukrainian conflict along with the rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk........