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High-Probability Of Russian Assault Overnight, Ukraine Pravda Says | Zero Hedge

High-Probability Of Russian Assault Overnight, Ukraine Pravda Says | Zero Hedge.

On the heels of the Russian navy intentionally sinking a vessel blocking the Ukrainian navy from entering The Black Sea, Ukraine Pravda reports that it is “most probable that Russian troops will assault units in Ukrainian Crimea overnight continuing to the weekend.” Citing a source in the uniformed services, Ukraine Pravda warns that “despite reports that Russian troops ended in learning, active phase lasts. They did not return to the barracks,” and maintain “peak readiness.”

Via Ukraine Pravda (via Google Translate),

On the night of Thursday to Friday a great opportunity to assault Ukrainian part of the Russian special forces.

This “Ukrainian Pravda” reported a source in the uniformed services.

Despite reports that Russian troops ended in learning, active phase lasts. They did not return to the barracks. Could maintain peak readiness by the end of the weekend,” – said the source.

“The most probable that the assault would take place that night, but the danger will persist to the end of the weekend” – source added.

“There are three scenarios. First – this air strike,” – said the source.

He said that if Russian troops will withdraw from parts of the Ukrainian, that would mean this version.

“Helicopters are already relocated, and it is possible that they will do exactly helicopters,” – said the UP.

“The second option – a special operations force for disarmament,” – he said.

The interviewee said that in the Crimea are Russian special forces “Alpha”, “Vympel” and “Zaslon.”

“The third option: they can come up with ryazhenymy Cossacks, as with a living shield. Example is happening” – he added.

He also reminded that the Russian troops flooded his ship to block the path of Ukrainian courts.

According to the source, impacts may not be in all parts, but only by those who are the most combat-ready, including Sevastopol and Feodosiya.

And this follows the sinking of a ship to block the Ukrainian Navy

An anti-submarine boat may have been the first casualty of the Russian incursion into Crimea, but it was hardly an act of violence, much less war: The Russian navy sank one of its own, junked vessels to create an obstacle, a Ukrainian official said on Wednesday.

The sinking was the latest in a series of moves by Russian naval forces in the area that were jangling the nerves of Ukrainian officers… the mouth of the bay was blocked by 10 Russian vessels including the formidable guided missile cruiser Moskva.

High-Probability Of Russian Assault Overnight, Ukraine Pravda Says | Zero Hedge

High-Probability Of Russian Assault Overnight, Ukraine Pravda Says | Zero Hedge.

On the heels of the Russian navy intentionally sinking a vessel blocking the Ukrainian navy from entering The Black Sea, Ukraine Pravda reports that it is “most probable that Russian troops will assault units in Ukrainian Crimea overnight continuing to the weekend.” Citing a source in the uniformed services, Ukraine Pravda warns that “despite reports that Russian troops ended in learning, active phase lasts. They did not return to the barracks,” and maintain “peak readiness.”

Via Ukraine Pravda (via Google Translate),

On the night of Thursday to Friday a great opportunity to assault Ukrainian part of the Russian special forces.

This “Ukrainian Pravda” reported a source in the uniformed services.

Despite reports that Russian troops ended in learning, active phase lasts. They did not return to the barracks. Could maintain peak readiness by the end of the weekend,” – said the source.

“The most probable that the assault would take place that night, but the danger will persist to the end of the weekend” – source added.

“There are three scenarios. First – this air strike,” – said the source.

He said that if Russian troops will withdraw from parts of the Ukrainian, that would mean this version.

“Helicopters are already relocated, and it is possible that they will do exactly helicopters,” – said the UP.

“The second option – a special operations force for disarmament,” – he said.

The interviewee said that in the Crimea are Russian special forces “Alpha”, “Vympel” and “Zaslon.”

“The third option: they can come up with ryazhenymy Cossacks, as with a living shield. Example is happening” – he added.

He also reminded that the Russian troops flooded his ship to block the path of Ukrainian courts.

According to the source, impacts may not be in all parts, but only by those who are the most combat-ready, including Sevastopol and Feodosiya.

And this follows the sinking of a ship to block the Ukrainian Navy

An anti-submarine boat may have been the first casualty of the Russian incursion into Crimea, but it was hardly an act of violence, much less war: The Russian navy sank one of its own, junked vessels to create an obstacle, a Ukrainian official said on Wednesday.

The sinking was the latest in a series of moves by Russian naval forces in the area that were jangling the nerves of Ukrainian officers… the mouth of the bay was blocked by 10 Russian vessels including the formidable guided missile cruiser Moskva.

US Warship Given Permission To Cross Bosphorus, Enter Black Sea | Zero Hedge

US Warship Given Permission To Cross Bosphorus, Enter Black Sea | Zero Hedge.

Yesterday it was two Russian and one Ukrainian warships which had crossed the Bosphorus in direction Crimea, today it is the Americans. As Hurriyet reportsTurkish authorities have given permission to a U.S. Navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus within the next two days as fears grow that the standoff between Russia and Ukraine and the West over Crimea could soon become militarized.

Turkish sources, speaking with the Hürriyet Daily News on March 5, declined to elaborate on the name of the U.S. warship. The same officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, however, noted that it was not the USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier as suggested in some news reports, as it did not meet the standards specified by the 1936 Montreux Convention in terms of weight.

The U.S. Navy ship to pass through the straits will conform to the convention’s standards, the sources said.

According to the Montreux Convention, the total weight of military ships that non-littoral states to the Black Sea may deploy to the body of water cannot exceed 45,000 tons.

As a reminder we have been tracking the CVN-77 for the past week, ever since it crossed the straits of Gibraltar and as of yesterday it was in Piraeus, Greece. It is also worth noting that while the Montreux Convention provides guidelines, it is not restrictive, which means that should the US really want to, it will have no problems getting its aircraft carrier into the Black Sea.

That said, even a simple frigate or cruiser in proximity to a boatload of Russian and Ukraine warships already on edge, will make an already combustible situation extremely volatile with an abundance of false flag provocation opportunities, which those who are most interested in escalating military events, will be delighted to take advantage of.

US Warship Given Permission To Cross Bosphorus, Enter Black Sea | Zero Hedge

US Warship Given Permission To Cross Bosphorus, Enter Black Sea | Zero Hedge.

Yesterday it was two Russian and one Ukrainian warships which had crossed the Bosphorus in direction Crimea, today it is the Americans. As Hurriyet reportsTurkish authorities have given permission to a U.S. Navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus within the next two days as fears grow that the standoff between Russia and Ukraine and the West over Crimea could soon become militarized.

Turkish sources, speaking with the Hürriyet Daily News on March 5, declined to elaborate on the name of the U.S. warship. The same officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, however, noted that it was not the USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier as suggested in some news reports, as it did not meet the standards specified by the 1936 Montreux Convention in terms of weight.

The U.S. Navy ship to pass through the straits will conform to the convention’s standards, the sources said.

According to the Montreux Convention, the total weight of military ships that non-littoral states to the Black Sea may deploy to the body of water cannot exceed 45,000 tons.

As a reminder we have been tracking the CVN-77 for the past week, ever since it crossed the straits of Gibraltar and as of yesterday it was in Piraeus, Greece. It is also worth noting that while the Montreux Convention provides guidelines, it is not restrictive, which means that should the US really want to, it will have no problems getting its aircraft carrier into the Black Sea.

That said, even a simple frigate or cruiser in proximity to a boatload of Russian and Ukraine warships already on edge, will make an already combustible situation extremely volatile with an abundance of false flag provocation opportunities, which those who are most interested in escalating military events, will be delighted to take advantage of.

To Celebrate Detente Russian Navy Blocks Channel Between Crimea And Russia | Zero Hedge

To Celebrate Detente Russian Navy Blocks Channel Between Crimea And Russia | Zero Hedge.

It took just a few short hours after Putin’s Cold War 2.0 “detente” overtures for Russia to show that there is a difference between actions and words. In this case, and as always, the former continue to outperform the latter, and Reuters reports that Russian navy ships have blocked off the Kerch Strait which separates Ukraine’s Crimea region and Russia.

According to the news service, which however cites Ukraine border guards so it must be taken with a large grain of salt as last seen during yesterday’s “ultimatum” escalation, the border guards have said that Russian servicemen are in control of the Crimean side of the narrow channel and that Russian armored vehicles have been sighted on the Russian side.

“The Kerch Strait is blocked by two Russian ships – from the north and from the south,” Pavel Shishurin, the deputy head of the border guards, told reporters.

The Russian military has not confirmed his comments.

But as long as Putin contemplates whether or not to put troops in the Crimea, as in more, all is well. At least according to the “markets.”

To Celebrate Detente Russian Navy Blocks Channel Between Crimea And Russia | Zero Hedge

To Celebrate Detente Russian Navy Blocks Channel Between Crimea And Russia | Zero Hedge.

It took just a few short hours after Putin’s Cold War 2.0 “detente” overtures for Russia to show that there is a difference between actions and words. In this case, and as always, the former continue to outperform the latter, and Reuters reports that Russian navy ships have blocked off the Kerch Strait which separates Ukraine’s Crimea region and Russia.

According to the news service, which however cites Ukraine border guards so it must be taken with a large grain of salt as last seen during yesterday’s “ultimatum” escalation, the border guards have said that Russian servicemen are in control of the Crimean side of the narrow channel and that Russian armored vehicles have been sighted on the Russian side.

“The Kerch Strait is blocked by two Russian ships – from the north and from the south,” Pavel Shishurin, the deputy head of the border guards, told reporters.

The Russian military has not confirmed his comments.

But as long as Putin contemplates whether or not to put troops in the Crimea, as in more, all is well. At least according to the “markets.”

Meanwhile, On The Main Square In Sevastopol: Live Webcast | Zero Hedge

Meanwhile, On The Main Square In Sevastopol: Live Webcast | Zero Hedge.

… The Russians are staking out their claim, after those ships which we wrote about yesterday and docked overnight at the main Crimean port, have unloaded their cargo.

#Ukraine, apparently not tanks but APC (armored personnel carrier) on the central square in #Sevastopol #Crimea pic.twitter.com/yOxWSSOeJ3

— Paolo Alfieri (@Paolo_Alfieri) February 25, 2014

Russian Navy armored vehicle in the main square of #Sevastopol #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/kpkfSNZAjj

— Pedrodon (@stopnarcotics) February 25, 2014

Then, there’s this from the Guardian:

Sevastopol installs pro-Russian mayor as separatism fears grow

 

Moscow shows its influence in Crimean city amid fears the whole peninsula could seek deeper ties with Russia

 

Authorities in the southern Ukrainian city of Sevastopol have installed a pro-Russian mayor as fears grow that the Kremlin may be stoking separatist sentiment in the region.

 

Sevastopol’s city council handed power to Aleksei Chaliy, a Russian citizen, during an extraordinary session on Monday evening while more than a thousand protesters gathered around city hall chanting “Russia, Russia, Russia,” and “A Russian mayor for a Russian city.”

 

Fears are spreading that separatists in Sevastopol, and the Crimean region of which it is a part, could use the power vacuum in Ukraine to seize greater autonomy and deepen ties with Russia.

 

It was not immediately clear whether local security forces would back Chaliy, but earlier in the day Sevastopol police chief Alexander Goncharov said that his officers would refuse to carry out “criminal orders” issued by Kiev.

 

At least four checkpoints manned by armed police were in place on major roads into the city to stop the arrival of extremists, according to local media reports.

 

Ukraine’s interim president, Olexander Turchynov, warned on Tuesday that the country faced a “serious threat” from separatism.

And elsewhere, the following poster can be found:

Sevastopol issues this poster today, as Nazi symbols spread around Ukraine – #Euromaidan #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/lu53sZETzM

— GrahamWPhillips (@BritinUkraine) February 25, 2014

And s this:

UKRAINE SEVASTOPOL – Russian deputy says Yanukovych is a legitimate president, pro-Russia protest. COMING SOON 1630gmt/No.932958

— AP Video Alert (@AP_VideoAlert) February 25, 2014

 

 

Live webcast:

US, Russian Naval Deployment Near Syria – Update | Zero Hedge

US, Russian Naval Deployment Near Syria – Update | Zero Hedge.

 

Standoff In The Mediterranean: The US vs Russian Navies | Zero Hedge

Standoff In The Mediterranean: The US vs Russian Navies | Zero Hedge.

 

Russia Adds Two More Warships To Mediterranean Task Force Near Syria | Zero Hedge

Russia Adds Two More Warships To Mediterranean Task Force Near Syria | Zero Hedge.

 

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