Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war that many fear it could be the spark for the World War III !
UKRAINIAN CIVIL UNREST
Ukrainian army and pro-Russia militants face off in East Ukraine
: Pro-Russian fighters have captured six of the Ukrainian army’s armored vehicles in Kramatorsk area in eastern Ukraine, said the country’s Ministry of Defense denouncing terrorist activities.
The seized armor vehicles were part of a military convoy that was headed towards the city of Kramatorsk where armed clashes broke out between the Ukrainian security services and pro-Russian insurgents on Tuesday.
The vehicles were blocked by residents before being captured by the pro-Russian fighters. “It’s about a Russian terrorist group,” said the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. It appeared that the Ukrainian soldiers came out of the tanks, surrendered their weapons and then went away by foot.
NATO strengthen the air, maritime and land defense throughout its allied countries in Eastern Europe amid tensions in Ukraine, announced Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Secretary General of NATO on Wednesday.
“We will have more planes airborne, more ships at sea, and training of land forces will be consolidated,” said Rasmussen at the end of a Brussels meeting with the ambassadors of the 28 EU member states.
“The central role of NATO is to protect and defend our allies. We have already taken a number of steps such as increasing the aerial missions in the Baltic countries and air surveillance flights (aircraft equipped with the AWACS system) above Poland and Romania,” said Rasmussen.
“Today we agreed on new military actions in order to fortify our collective defense and demonstrate the robustness of allies solidarity,” he added.
These measures, which “are in full compliance of our international commitments will take effect immediately”, NATO’s Secretary General stressed. “If necessary, others will follow in the weeks and months ahead.”
Rasmussen reiterated that the NATO members support a “political solution” for the crisis.
NATO is set to head a meeting in Geneva on Thursday when Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union (EU) will try to find a political exit from the Ukrainian crisis.
Video: Tensions escalate in Slaviansk, Ukraine