The Foreign Legion Lands

The Russian Foreign Ministry has voiced concerns over the buildup of Ukrainian forces and US mercenaries in the southeastern part of the country, calling on Kiev to immediately cease military preparations which could lead to a civil war.
As parts of Ukraine push for greater autonomy – with Donetsk and Kharkov declaring independence on Monday – the self-imposed government in Kiev is  reportedly dispatching additional forces in turbulent regions to  avoid potential disobedience by local law enforcements.
“We are particularly concerned that the operation involves  some 150 American mercenaries from a private company Greystone  Ltd., dressed in the uniform of the [Ukrainian] special task  police unit Sokol,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a  statement. “Organizers and participants of such incitement  are assuming a huge responsibility for threatening upon the  rights, freedoms and lives of Ukrainian citizens as well as the  stability of Ukraine.”

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Ukraine’s acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov, confirmed that  additional police special forces units have arrived in southern  and eastern parts of Ukraine from other regions.
“These special forces are ready to solve operational problems  without the regard to local peculiarities,” Ukraine’s  Interior Ministry quoted Avakov as saying. “I urge all the  hotheads now to defer from criticism and panic, and help the  police keep the situation under control.”
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, special forces backed  by militants from the Right Sector are being tasked with  suppressing protests in the southeastern regions of Ukraine,  which for weeks have been calling for a referendums on the  regions’ statuses within Ukraine. Moscow called on the government  in Kiev to refrain from actions that could spark a civil war in  Ukraine.
“We urge [Kiev] to immediately stop all military preparations  which could lead to a civil war,” the statement reads.
On Monday, a source in the Interior Ministry of Ukraine told Ria  Novosti that three special forces units have been redeployed to  the Donetsk and Lugansk regions to suppress anti-government  protests. The source claims that they consist of Interior Forces  units, the newly-formed National Guard, Right Sector radicals,  and Blackwater (Greystone) mercenaries and Falcon units. LifeNews  also reported seeing armed Titan special forces units in Donetsk.

 

(originally posted April 8, 2014)

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