Yesterday’s Guardian reports even more violent incursions into Ukraine by Putin’s thugs:
Pro-Russian separatists seized control of the TV station in the eastern city of Donetsk on Sunday, and immediately set about switching off Ukrainian TV and replacing it with Russian channels that broadcast exclusively pro-Kremlin views.
A crowd of about 300 left a rally in Donetsk’s Lenin Square and marched through the city centre, pulling down Ukrainian flags.
With police looking on but not intervening, the activists surged into the regional television centre. Masked youths, armed with baseball bats, ran up the flag of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” from the roof of the Stalinist neo-classical building.
. . . The seizure is another blow to Kiev, which has struggled to assert its authority in the east, amid an insurrection that it says is plotted by Moscow. Law-enforcement agencies here have largely sided with anti-Kiev protesters and have made little effort to stop the occupations of town halls and other buildings. Three riot police with Kalashnikovs stood next to the TV station on Sunday, apparently ensuring the takeover went smoothly.
The activists complain that Kiev channels have failed to reflect the popular mood in the Russophone Donbass region. But only a few hundred anti-Kiev activists turned up for a rally in Donetsk on Sunday, in a city of one million people. The capture of the TV tower appears to be part of an unfolding plan to shut out information critical of Moscow and replace it with Kremlin propaganda.
rebels thugs, as you know, have kidnapped eight European military advisors (one was released because he had diabetes), and described them as “prisoners of war.”
The invasion won’t be long in coming, I think, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Sanctions won’t work, of course, but I suspect we will discover that Putin has illegally sequestered billions of dollars in government money (or other people’s money) as his personal fortune. But of course those in favor of the Russian takeover of eastern Ukraine (some on this site) could excuse that too.
The man is a megalomaniac. Russians should be ashamed that such a person is leading their country.