WAR EXPANDS: Putin Backed Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Continue to Attack NATO Trained Troops

In Borders by Micha Gefen

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Rebel fighters in the Lugnask and Donetsk regions have continued their Russian backed offense against Kiev backed military positions in an attempt to push back the NATO backed government out of culturally heavy Russian regions.

Updates in the Ukrainian/Russian conflict over the last 24 hours:

  • Locals and separatists have fired on Ukrainian military positions in Donbass 20 times.
  • In the Mariupol sector Russian-separatist forces fired 120-mm mortar shells on Chermalyk and Shyrokyne. While In Krasnohorivka rebels fired 82-mm mortar shells.
  • In Novotroyitske government forces were fired on by sharpshooters.
  • Rebels attacked Lebedynske, Slavne and Pavlopil with grenade launchers.
  • In Donetsk rebels and locals fired on Vodiane using 152 and 122 mm artillery.
  • Verkhniotoretske was shelled by 120 and 82 mm mortars.
  • Avdiyivka and Luhanske were attacked by rebels using infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.

Next steps for Putin and Ukraine

As the EU establishment continues to be rocked by growing populism, Putin has grown far less restrained in holding back rebels in Eastern Ukraine.  He has increased their offensives against the NATO trained Ukrainian army with an attempt to carve an area that is loyal to Moscow.  So far the chaos he has brought the Ukraine has begin to be effective.  For its part NATO continues to rush troops to the Baltic member states in a weak reaction to Putin’s news push.

A Wider War

By expanding operations in Ukraine and putting ballistic Iskander missiles in Kalingrad, Putin is our matching the directionless NATO.  With a matter of weeks left before Donald Trump becomes America’s 45th President, Russia and NATO are flirting with a much wider war that threatens to engulf the Middle East and Europe.

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