Russia Announces New Provocative Actions – China Showcases New Stealth Fighters

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Paul Martin
November 12, 2014

Tensions Increase in Ukraine After Russians Move in Tanks and Artillery – Again

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance has observed Russian troops moving closer to Ukraine’s eastern border. Moscow has supported pro-Russian separatists with training and equipment. Despite Kiev’s rejection of the pro-separatist elections in Donetsk and Luhansk, Alexander Zakharchenko was sworn in as prime minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday they fear renewal of hostilities in the east after being warned by NATO that Russia has been bringing in heavy military hardware to rebel-controlled areas.

Western journalists and monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have observed several such convoys transporting tanks, Grad multiple-launch missile systems, howitzers and anti-aircraft guns in recent days.

The artillery has been moved in, seemingly with no attempts to hide it. Soldiers without insignia on their uniforms have hauled in columns of weaponry in broad daylight, driving along major highways and through city centers in mostly unmarked trucks.

The growing risk of open conflict threatens the already fragile ceasefire deal that, since September, has lessened shelling in much of the rebel-controlled territory, although it has not stopped fighting entirely in strategic places such as Donetsk and northern Luhansk. On Tuesday night in Shastya, Luhansk region, one policeman was killed and another injured in a rocket attack on a Ukrainian position, military officials in Kiev said on Wednesday.

While howitzers and anti-aircraft guns could be used as offensive weapons, it is the increase in heavy armor, such as tanks, that is worrisome, Russian security services expert Mark Galeotti told Mashable.

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