Ukrainian army ‘on full alert’, president admits east is beyond control

"There are indications that Kiev does not have enough loyal troops to deliver on its promised protest crackdown. On several occasions the troops sent against activists simply defected, surrendering their weapons and armored vehicles."

What do you expect to happen? The country existed as one under corrupt elected leadership. Now that America financed the overthrow of another elected government, you have a divided country where the divisions run deep and when the the army cannot stand as one, then the divisions will never be fixed by external involvement as it will only result in a guerrilla resistance that will go on forever, as it has in many other countries before. And no amount of IMF loans is going to stabilize a country in civil war.

Oddly, given America spent $5B to create this mess, the EU will spend many times more to ensure that the gas flows for many years as the country will continuously be a welfare state sucking on the tit of the EU. Seems like the match point goes to Russia which is quickly weaning itself off industry in the eastern Ukraine. Business and talented people will leave for Russia if they can while the rest just become poorer than they have been. And you can be sure tourism, one of the real sources of foreign capital, will evaporate, which will assist the criminal gangs in their rise to greater influence over everyday life. Another classic Agency lead F*up!

A Ukrainian soldier stands guard in front of an armoured personnel carrier on a road at a check point near the village of Malinivka, southeast of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine April 29, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

30 April 2014

The Ukrainian army is on full alert due to the “threat of a Russian invasion,” Ukraine’s acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said after admitting that the government in Kiev cannot control the situation in the east of the country.

“I am going back to the real threat that Russia would unleash a continental war against Ukraine. Our armed forces have been put on full alert,” Turchinov told Wednesday a council of heads of Ukrainian regions in Kiev, as news agencies report.

He called on the audience to speed up the creation of regional militias loyal to Kiev.

“We must have the capability to move those units fast to support other regions against such a threat,” he stressed.

Turchinov admitted that Kiev simply cannot get the situation in the rebellious eastern regions under control and reiterated earlier accusations, saying some people in law enforcement “are cooperating with terrorist organizations,” the name Kiev authorities use to refer to anti-government protesters who are seizing government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

“Our primary task is to prevent the spread of the terrorist threat to other regions of Ukraine,” he said.

In contradiction to the previous moves of the government, which included raids on protester checkpoints and other demonstrations of force, Turchinov said “as we know from the experience of Maidan, the use of force is inefficient. That’s the situation we faced in the eastern regions.”

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