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Where The Russian Troops Are – The Full "Pre-Takeover" Infographic | Zero Hedge

Where The Russian Troops Are – The Full “Pre-Takeover” Infographic | Zero Hedge.

As we reported yesterday, Crimea is last week’s story. Now it is all about east Ukraine. In that vein, moments ago John Kerry’s latest stand up comedy routine hit the tape which contained, besides the usual laugh lines, this particular pearl:

  • KERRY SAYS RUSSIA DOESN’T YET HAVE FORCES FOR UKRAINE TAKEOVER

Is that so? We provide this map showing the latest distribution of Russian military forces on the Ukraine borders so that readers can make up their own mind.

 

And here is another map compiled by Dmitry Tymchuk, a former Ukrainian military officer, who has established an organization, the Center of Military and Political Research on Kiev, to effectively collect and gather data about military-related facts.

Kerry concluded:

  • KERRY SAYS `CONTINGENCIES’ IF RUSSIA MOVED INTO EAST UKRAINE

We’ll know just what those are by Sunday night. The only question: will Referendum Sunday be the new Lehman Sunday…

h/t @BSpringnote

Where The Russian Troops Are – The Full “Pre-Takeover” Infographic | Zero Hedge

Where The Russian Troops Are – The Full “Pre-Takeover” Infographic | Zero Hedge.

As we reported yesterday, Crimea is last week’s story. Now it is all about east Ukraine. In that vein, moments ago John Kerry’s latest stand up comedy routine hit the tape which contained, besides the usual laugh lines, this particular pearl:

  • KERRY SAYS RUSSIA DOESN’T YET HAVE FORCES FOR UKRAINE TAKEOVER

Is that so? We provide this map showing the latest distribution of Russian military forces on the Ukraine borders so that readers can make up their own mind.

 

And here is another map compiled by Dmitry Tymchuk, a former Ukrainian military officer, who has established an organization, the Center of Military and Political Research on Kiev, to effectively collect and gather data about military-related facts.

Kerry concluded:

  • KERRY SAYS `CONTINGENCIES’ IF RUSSIA MOVED INTO EAST UKRAINE

We’ll know just what those are by Sunday night. The only question: will Referendum Sunday be the new Lehman Sunday…

h/t @BSpringnote

After Annexing Crimea, Russian Troops Are Piling Up By The East Ukraine Border | Zero Hedge

After Annexing Crimea, Russian Troops Are Piling Up By The East Ukraine Border | Zero Hedge.

Despite the relentless protests of Kiev, and of course the G7 group of world’s most indebted nations, in the past two weeks Vladimir Putin once again succeeded in outplaying the west and annexed the Crimea peninsula without firing a single shot (granted there is still potential for material situational deterioration, one which would involve military participation by NATO whose outcome is not exactly clear). The market has “priced in” as much, with prevailing consensus now dictating that Russia will preserve its foothold in the Crimea however without additional attempts for annexation: certainly Poland is hoping and praying as much.

However, as the following photos taken on the Russian side of East Ukraine, next to Belgorod, the Russian airborne troops (“VDV“) are now piling up, only not in Crimea, which needs no further Russian military presence, but ostensibly to prepare for the next part of the annexation: that of Russian-speaking east Ukraine.

On the clip and pictures below, one can see Russian troops on the move near the border with Ukraine in the Belgorod Oblast, about 20 kilometers from the border with Ukraine near Kharkiv:

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The indicative location:

 

Meanwhile, on the birder with Crimea, Ukrainian troops are digging in and mining fields in anticipation of Russians rolling out of the Penninsula:

H/T @raymond_saint, Censor.netmkoinov

After Annexing Crimea, Russian Troops Are Piling Up By The East Ukraine Border | Zero Hedge

After Annexing Crimea, Russian Troops Are Piling Up By The East Ukraine Border | Zero Hedge.

Despite the relentless protests of Kiev, and of course the G7 group of world’s most indebted nations, in the past two weeks Vladimir Putin once again succeeded in outplaying the west and annexed the Crimea peninsula without firing a single shot (granted there is still potential for material situational deterioration, one which would involve military participation by NATO whose outcome is not exactly clear). The market has “priced in” as much, with prevailing consensus now dictating that Russia will preserve its foothold in the Crimea however without additional attempts for annexation: certainly Poland is hoping and praying as much.

However, as the following photos taken on the Russian side of East Ukraine, next to Belgorod, the Russian airborne troops (“VDV“) are now piling up, only not in Crimea, which needs no further Russian military presence, but ostensibly to prepare for the next part of the annexation: that of Russian-speaking east Ukraine.

On the clip and pictures below, one can see Russian troops on the move near the border with Ukraine in the Belgorod Oblast, about 20 kilometers from the border with Ukraine near Kharkiv:

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The indicative location:

 

Meanwhile, on the birder with Crimea, Ukrainian troops are digging in and mining fields in anticipation of Russians rolling out of the Penninsula:

H/T @raymond_saint, Censor.netmkoinov

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.

Ukraine Acting President Loses It Over “Crime Against Nation” Crimea Referendum | Zero Hedge

Ukraine Acting President Loses It Over “Crime Against Nation” Crimea Referendum | Zero Hedge.

Ukraine’s Acting President Turchynov is not happy about what his ‘fellow countrymen’ in the east are doing:

  • *UKRAINE PARLIAMENT TO DISSOLVE CRIMEA LEGISLATURE: TURCHYNOV
  • *UKRAINE PRESIDENT SAYS ONLY NATIONAL CRIMEA VOTE IS LEGAL
  • *UKRAINE’S TURCHYNOV SAYS MARCH 16 REFERENDUM WOULD BE ‘FARCE’
  • *TURCHYNOV CALLS MARCH 16 REFERENDUM ‘CRIME AGAINST NATION’

So how will he enforce that decision? Perhaps this is the instigation that Putin has been waiting for? Bonds and precious metals are suddenly bid on this news.

It appears things are escalating once again…

  • *CRIMEA TATAR LEADER: MORE THAN 23,000 RUSSIAN TROOPS IN REGION
  • *CHUBAROV: ABOUT 10 UKRAINE ARMY GARRISONS SURROUNDED IN CRIMEA

This won’t end well as Turchynov adds, Ukraine’s territorial integrity is sovereign and unassailable

Ukraine Acting President Loses It Over "Crime Against Nation" Crimea Referendum | Zero Hedge

Ukraine Acting President Loses It Over “Crime Against Nation” Crimea Referendum | Zero Hedge.

Ukraine’s Acting President Turchynov is not happy about what his ‘fellow countrymen’ in the east are doing:

  • *UKRAINE PARLIAMENT TO DISSOLVE CRIMEA LEGISLATURE: TURCHYNOV
  • *UKRAINE PRESIDENT SAYS ONLY NATIONAL CRIMEA VOTE IS LEGAL
  • *UKRAINE’S TURCHYNOV SAYS MARCH 16 REFERENDUM WOULD BE ‘FARCE’
  • *TURCHYNOV CALLS MARCH 16 REFERENDUM ‘CRIME AGAINST NATION’

So how will he enforce that decision? Perhaps this is the instigation that Putin has been waiting for? Bonds and precious metals are suddenly bid on this news.

It appears things are escalating once again…

  • *CRIMEA TATAR LEADER: MORE THAN 23,000 RUSSIAN TROOPS IN REGION
  • *CHUBAROV: ABOUT 10 UKRAINE ARMY GARRISONS SURROUNDED IN CRIMEA

This won’t end well as Turchynov adds, Ukraine’s territorial integrity is sovereign and unassailable

As Russian Troops In The Ukraine Hit 16,000, US Department Of Defense Orders Them To Go Home | Zero Hedge

As Russian Troops In The Ukraine Hit 16,000, US Department Of Defense Orders Them To Go Home | Zero Hedge.

While it has gotten to the point where the propaganda is so bad on both sides of the Ukraine crisis, that any numbers thrown about are ridiculous, made up gibberish more fabricated than anything the Chinese Department of Truth or US Bureau of Labor can possibly goalseek, it is worth pointing out that according to APUkraine’s ambassador to the UN said 16,000 Russian troops are now deployed in the Ukraine. This was “revealed” at the third emergency Security Council session meeting in the last four days, shortly after Ukraine’s fugitive president requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region “to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order,” Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Monday, contradicting the president’s own comments last week.

However, while Russian hypocrisy is to be expected – after all they are the “Evil Empire” to quote a famous actor and president – it is the humor from the self-appointed moral watchdog of all the world’s evils, the US, that was the highlight of today’s UN session:

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power dismissed Moscow’s contention that it intervened militarily in Crimea to protect the human rights of Russian civilians there as “baseless,” insisting there is no evidence of any threats against ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

“One might think that Moscow has just become the rapid response arm of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” she told the council. “Russian military action is not a human rights protection mission.”

Speaking of high commissioners for human rights, at least Russia never invaded a country using made up WMDs as pretext, and did not almost launch World War III to satisfy a nat gas-rich ally over a fabricated YouTube clip. Oh, and all that “innocent civilian casualty” drone stuff too.

So what does the world’s most irrelevant organization do? They send in monitors:

  • OSCE MONITORS TO BE DEPLOYED TO CRIMEA TONIGHT, POWER SAYS
  • POWER CALLS ON RUSSIA TO ENSURE OSCE NOT BLOCKED IN CRIMEA
  • CHURKIN SAYS RUSSIA SUPPORTS UN OFFICIAL’S VISIT TO UKRAINE
  • CHURKIN DECLINES TO COMMENT IF RUSSIA SUPPORTS OSCE MISSION

Well, monitors did miracles during the Yugoslav war, maybe they will “work” this time too.

But the piece de resistance, regardless if the real number of Russian troops in the Ukraine is 1,000 or 100,000, was the following:

  • DOD CALLS ON RUSSIAN FORCES IN CRIMEA TO RETURN TO THEIR BASES

Wait, so the US Department of Defense, that of the United States if it was somehow unclear, suddenly has authority to control the troops… of Russia?

One wonders: did the US Department of Education tell Gazprom to maintain gas supplies to Germany no matter how many CIA agents are operating in Kiev?

Or did ACORN tell whoever is the current pre-countercoup Ukraine president to hike minimum wages?

Or maybe the Department of Justice is quietly trying to collect its Fedex guns sent “erroneously” to Ukraine mercenaries, having confused them with Mexican drug lords?

Whatever the confusion, we are confident that following this latest “escalation” in the US response narrative, that Russia will promptly CTRL-Z everything it has done in the Ukraine in the past two weeks, and say it was only kidding.

* * *

Tangentially, while it has been made abundantly clear just how terrified Russia is of NATO, of Europe and of the US, for an indication of what China thinks of the latter, the WSJ reports the following:

The departing U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke inspired mixed reactions during his two-and-a-half-year tenure. Though his unpretentious manner was widely praised, as the first American of Chinese descent to hold the job, criticism of him had a special bite… The state-run China News Service… published a derisive editorial late last week (in Chinese) that described Mr. Locke as “a banana, with yellow skin and a white heart.”

Because when America respects itself and its symbolic headpiece, the president, so very much how can the rest of the world not follow?

As Russian Troops In The Ukraine Hit 16,000, US Department Of Defense Orders Them To Go Home | Zero Hedge

As Russian Troops In The Ukraine Hit 16,000, US Department Of Defense Orders Them To Go Home | Zero Hedge.

While it has gotten to the point where the propaganda is so bad on both sides of the Ukraine crisis, that any numbers thrown about are ridiculous, made up gibberish more fabricated than anything the Chinese Department of Truth or US Bureau of Labor can possibly goalseek, it is worth pointing out that according to APUkraine’s ambassador to the UN said 16,000 Russian troops are now deployed in the Ukraine. This was “revealed” at the third emergency Security Council session meeting in the last four days, shortly after Ukraine’s fugitive president requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region “to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order,” Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Monday, contradicting the president’s own comments last week.

However, while Russian hypocrisy is to be expected – after all they are the “Evil Empire” to quote a famous actor and president – it is the humor from the self-appointed moral watchdog of all the world’s evils, the US, that was the highlight of today’s UN session:

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power dismissed Moscow’s contention that it intervened militarily in Crimea to protect the human rights of Russian civilians there as “baseless,” insisting there is no evidence of any threats against ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

“One might think that Moscow has just become the rapid response arm of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” she told the council. “Russian military action is not a human rights protection mission.”

Speaking of high commissioners for human rights, at least Russia never invaded a country using made up WMDs as pretext, and did not almost launch World War III to satisfy a nat gas-rich ally over a fabricated YouTube clip. Oh, and all that “innocent civilian casualty” drone stuff too.

So what does the world’s most irrelevant organization do? They send in monitors:

  • OSCE MONITORS TO BE DEPLOYED TO CRIMEA TONIGHT, POWER SAYS
  • POWER CALLS ON RUSSIA TO ENSURE OSCE NOT BLOCKED IN CRIMEA
  • CHURKIN SAYS RUSSIA SUPPORTS UN OFFICIAL’S VISIT TO UKRAINE
  • CHURKIN DECLINES TO COMMENT IF RUSSIA SUPPORTS OSCE MISSION

Well, monitors did miracles during the Yugoslav war, maybe they will “work” this time too.

But the piece de resistance, regardless if the real number of Russian troops in the Ukraine is 1,000 or 100,000, was the following:

  • DOD CALLS ON RUSSIAN FORCES IN CRIMEA TO RETURN TO THEIR BASES

Wait, so the US Department of Defense, that of the United States if it was somehow unclear, suddenly has authority to control the troops… of Russia?

One wonders: did the US Department of Education tell Gazprom to maintain gas supplies to Germany no matter how many CIA agents are operating in Kiev?

Or did ACORN tell whoever is the current pre-countercoup Ukraine president to hike minimum wages?

Or maybe the Department of Justice is quietly trying to collect its Fedex guns sent “erroneously” to Ukraine mercenaries, having confused them with Mexican drug lords?

Whatever the confusion, we are confident that following this latest “escalation” in the US response narrative, that Russia will promptly CTRL-Z everything it has done in the Ukraine in the past two weeks, and say it was only kidding.

* * *

Tangentially, while it has been made abundantly clear just how terrified Russia is of NATO, of Europe and of the US, for an indication of what China thinks of the latter, the WSJ reports the following:

The departing U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke inspired mixed reactions during his two-and-a-half-year tenure. Though his unpretentious manner was widely praised, as the first American of Chinese descent to hold the job, criticism of him had a special bite… The state-run China News Service… published a derisive editorial late last week (in Chinese) that described Mr. Locke as “a banana, with yellow skin and a white heart.”

Because when America respects itself and its symbolic headpiece, the president, so very much how can the rest of the world not follow?

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