Oleksandr Danyulyuk (SBU) says the military wing of Right Sector (PS) has imprisoned four medical volunteers (of Ukrainian forces). The volunteers are suspected to be held in Velykomykhailivka, at the headquarters of PS. (hvylya.net)
On April 16 armedpolitics.com and a TV crew of Kanal 7 attended a military training of ‘Odessa Self-Defense’. Firstly, this post is about observations during military exercises. Secondly, we had the opportunity to see how Ukrainian news are produced… and became finally a part of it.
Ukrainian Army encircled the base of Right Sector (PS, Pravyi Sektor), a political party with a active military wing. The incident is a sign of increasing tensions within Ukraine’s elite. It’s not clear if this is just bargaining on the ground.
Sloviansk (Slavyansk) is a city in the Donetsk Oblast, in 25 km distance to the area hold by separatists (DNR, ATO zone). As a transport hub (including the highway to Mariupol) and administrative center the city is of strategic importance.
The Ukrainian President Poroshenko issued his declaration of income. Feel free to have a look at the figures.
Bessarabia is a historical region, a former puffer zone of the Russian, Austrian and Ottoman empires. It’s boundaries lay mainly in today’s Moldavia (including Transnistria) and to a smaller part in the south of Ukraine (see Wikipedia). There are attempts to revitalize Bessarabia, rather for political reasons than out of nostalgia.
So. This entry is rather personal, at the same time it might be pretty much exemplary for the situation in Ukraine.
Odessa is hit by a series of bomb blasts, targeting mainly objects of the public sphere such as banks, shops or activists’ offices. Also strategically important objects as rails or a ATO recruitment centre were hit. The pace is increasing since December, feeding concerns over a wider destabilization of the south-eastern region.
On 15 March, Chinese PM Li Keqiang made some remarks on China’s position on the issue of Ukraine and Crimea. In short: China respects Ukraine’s sovereignity and territorial integrity but takes no position on the status of Crimea.
Stratfor recently simulated scenarios of military offensives of the Russian Federation (RF) in Ukraine. Results, numbers and notes.