Armed Pro-Russian Demonstrators Sunday. REUTERS
Ukraine announced that it will deploy troops to the eastern provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkiv today, April 13th, if pro-Russian demonstrators do not surrender. It is being called a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to push back attacks by pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine by Ukraine’s Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov in an address.
After the speech, the ousted former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych accused the CIA of setting up the planned operation. The CIA Director John Brennan straight up denies the accusation, with his spokesperson saying the “claim that Director Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations inside Ukraine is completely false.”
Sunday morning, Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists exchanged fire outside a city in eastern Ukraine, leaving one security officer dead and 5 wounded. This is the first deadly encounter in the eastern oblasts, which comes after armed separatists took multiple government buildings last week.
These “pro-Russian demonstrators” are outfitted the same exact way as the ones who took over Crimea, which then Russia annexed. The State Department (@StateDept) tweeted “Militants in eastern Ukraine were equipped with Russian weapons and same uniforms as those worn by Russian forces that invaded Crimea.” The international community is worried that this may end up the same way.
To address this situation, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting at 8 PM April 13th. The US Mission to The UN (@USUN) tweeted, “@AmbassadorPower and the @UN Security Council to hold emergency consultations on #Ukraine at 8 p.m. ET tonight.” This will be an open meeting in New York. Previously to this Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, had his spokesperson issue a statement. “The Secretary-General stresses that further disturbances will not serve the interests of any side. He therefore appeals to all sides to work towards calming the situation, adhere to the rule of law and exercise maximum restraint,” said the statement.
Vice President Biden will also be traveling to Kiev on April 22nd. Biden “will underscore the United States’ strong support for a united, democratic Ukraine that makes its own choices about its future path,” the White House said in a statement.
Russia has 40K+ troops ready for an invasion into eastern Ukraine at a moment’s notice. If this occurs, it would become undifficult for Putin to take Kiev, and the entire nation. As I have stressed in previous articles, an action needed to be taken by NATO would be to reinstate Anti-Missile Defense Systems in Poland along its Russian and Ukrainian borders.
We must wait and see how this will play out. If the pro-Russian demonstrators do not surrender by 1 AM EST Monday, the anti-terrorism operation will occur, under orders of Kiev. This may be met with Russian aggression, and, in my predictions, these oblasts may either schedule votes or be militarily taken by Russia by Wednesday.