Ukraine military moving towards the South East.
The atmosphere in Ukraine is currently tensed as the government launches an offensive “anti-terrorism” military action against Pro-Russian protesters in the country’s Eastern region.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave a gloomy assessment of the current situation.
“Blood has been shed in Ukraine again. The country is at the brink of a civil war.”
Its been a day after a the Ukrainian government ultimatum expired for the protesters to lay
down their arms. The acting President, Oleksandr Turchynov told Parliament the operation would be “conducted step by
step, responsibly, cautiously.”
He further said that the aim of these actions is to protect the
citizens of Ukraine, to stop terror, to stop criminality, to stop attempts to tear Ukraine to pieces.
Tensions have soared in recent days in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have seized government and police buildings in as many as 10 towns and cities. Russia declared its neighbor was on the brink of a civil war.
The Monday morning deadline set for protesters to disarm or face action by Ukraine’s armed forces passed without any sign it was heeded. But Ukrainian forces now appear to be on the move en masse toward the East. A National Guard battalion made up of 350 troops was sent to the Donetsk region from Kiev on Tuesday morning.
The U.S has accused Russia of trying to destabilize Ukraine and attempting the repeat of ‘Crimea scenario’ in Eastern Ukraine. An allegation which Russia has repeatedly denied.
With fears of a civil war erupting in Ukraine, it seems like only the West will be able to stop the situation from escalating beyond control.
A civil war is really not going to be good in anyway and any measure that can be taken to prevent it should be taken. It might just start like a ‘child’s play’ and then race out of control just as we saw in Syria. Believe me, the last thing Eastern Europe will want to experience is ‘Ukranians fleeing their country and seeking refuge in neighboring countries’
[Also see: Ukraine: Is there going to be a civil war?]