Tension builds as Ukraine accuses Russia of “military invasion”
Paul Joseph Watson
February 28, 2014
Russian combat pilots are training to attack “enemy” forces in search and destroy missions as tensions continue to build, with Ukraine’s interim government complaining of a Russian military invasion after armed men seized control of an airport in Crimea.
Following President Vladimir Putin’s decision to order a snap combat readiness drill on February 26, troops and aircraft that were based in the western and central military districts of Russia have been redeployed to operational airfields as far as 500 kilometers away from their permanent bases.
“Crews will participate in search and rescue operations in the designated areas. In the training, pilots will also search for and destroy “enemy” forces and armoured objects on unfamiliar grounds,” reports ITAR-TASS.
The nature of the drills clearly suggests that Russia is prepared to invade Ukrainian territory in the event of an escalation in the crisis, just as it sent troops into Georgia in 2008.
The development arrives on the back of complaints from Ukraine’s interim government that Russia has launched a “military invasion” after armed men occupied Belbek international airport in Sevastopol, Crimea, where Russia has a naval base.
However, Moscow denies the claim, asserting that 50 armed men arrived at the airport to search for Ukrainian airborne troops but that they were not Russian soldiers. Eyewitnesses said the men were members of a local ethnic Russian “self-defense” militia.
Meanwhile, RIA Novosti reports, “Deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych landed at a military airport in southern Russia late on Thursday escorted by fighter jets.” Yanukovych is expected to give a speech shortly in which he will proclaim that he is still the legitimate President of Ukraine.
Confirming fears that far right extremists with links to neo-nazis could seize power in Ukraine, the controversial Svoboda Party has been given control of three ministries in the interim government.
After US Senator John McCain dined with Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok in December, the anti-Semitic organization has captured three posts in the new government – the deputy prime minister position, the head of agriculture and the head of environment.
Members of the organization wear Waffen-SS “wolfsangel” armbands as their party logo and one party official even founded a think tank called the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Centre as a dedication to the Nazi propaganda minister.
The fact that Ukraine’s power vacuum is being filled by people like Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was the personal choice of U.S. diplomat Victoria Nuland according to her leaked phone call, as well as extremists like Tyahnybok who met with U.S. officials months beforehand, underscores the fact that the uprising was in fact a carefully orchestrated coup d’état designed to open up Ukraine to IMF looting while advancing NATO’s encirclement of Russia.