Ukraine Puts Army on Combat Alert Along Crimea Border

Russia Vows Additional Security Around Key Crimea Infrastructure

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are continuing to rise after an incident was reported over the weekend in which an attempted group of infiltrators from Ukraine entered Crimea, killing a Russian soldier and a member of their FSB security service. Russia has blamed the Ukrainian government’s spy agency, calling it a prelude to terror attacks on key infrastructure.

Residents reported yesterday that Ukraine had begun massing soldiers along the Crimean border, and today President Petro Poroshenko reported that he had placed the army on “combat alert” over the issue, with other Ukrainian officials claiming a full-scale war could began “at any minute.”

Ukraine has claimed a Russian buildup on the other side of the border, though this appears only related to the already announced Russian Navy war games in the Black Sea, and has only involved some additional military helicopters and drones flying along the border region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin did, however, announce that additional security measures would be put in place around critical infrastructure in the Crimean Peninsula, amid fear of sabotage, and said more measures would be taken to prevent future infiltration.

Despite Ukraine’s denials that this most recent event took place, and claims that it’s entirely a Russian invention, sabotage is a serious concern in the peninsula. Twice over the past year, pylons within Ukraine’s Kershon region have been sabotaged cutting off power supplies into the peninsula, with Ukrainian nationalists engaged in efforts to prevent the repairs.

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  • curmudgeonvt

    Someone should remind the Ukrainians what happened when Saakashvili thought he could push the Russians around with the endgame of getting NATO to back him up – it was “Putin’s fault”, after all.

    • Don G.

      If Donald was president he would be putting an end to this nonsense and showing that America is great again. And Putin would be happy with Donald’s decision because only Donald can fix things to make America great again! Cause Putin and Donald are good friends and were good friends even before Donald met Vlad. right?

      I used to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and I approve this message.

      luv from Canada.

    • Eileen Kuch

      I agree with you 100%. Indeed, somebody sorely needs to remind the Ukranians what had happened when the idiot Saakashvili thought he could push the Russians around with the endgame of getting NATO to back him up. Well, guess what .. NATO didn’t back him up and he wound up with his ass handed back to him by Putin.
      NATO’s not going to back up Pol Pot Shenko, either; he’s just as nutty and idiotic as Saakashvili. The Black Sea Fleet alone is more than able to knock out the Ukrainian Military and Azov Batallions with the use of hypersonic cruise missiles, along with Iskander-II missiles from the base.
      Furthermore, Russia’s military is far more advanced than is Ukraine’s. The Ukrainian military couldn’t even defeat that of Novorossiya, aka Donbass, much less than that of Russia itself. The Russian Army would be inside Kiev in 72 hours or less.
      And, Don, I agree with you as well. Indeed, if he were POTUS instead of Obama, Donald Trump would be putting an end to this nonsense and proving that America is great again .. And Putin would be happy with the Donald’s decision, because only he can fix things to make America great again. Putin and Trump are good friends and were good friends even before they met, right?
      I’m glad you quit being Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and spoke out for Trump. You saw HRC’s true character when you were her campaign manager, and you abhorred what you saw. Good for you, buddy. The Truth has set you free.

  • If those Nazi nitwits in Banderastan are thirsty for another Russian *ss whooping, I’m sure the fine folks of Crimea and Donetsk will be more than happy to oblige. I hope it’s worth it just to please Queen Killary because that’s the only thing, besides *ss bruises, that their gonna get out of this latest adventure in terrorism.