Ukraine deadline for rebels to stand down passes

Ukraine could be about to carry out a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" on pro-Russian separatists in several cities in eastern Ukraine after the rebels ignored a deadline to stand down.

Militias have taken control of the city of Slaviansk by seizing government buildings and setting up barricades on the outskirts of town. There have already been casualties after the government launched an operation yesterday.

Gunmen have also taken over administrative buildings in Donetsk, which has become one of the centers of pro-Russian protests. The governor of the Donetsk region has said that a government operation has started, although journalists on the ground hadn't seen any sign of it.

Russia has warned Ukraine not to use force against the militias, but Ukraine and the U.S. blame Russia for the escalation.

The increasing tension has hit Russian markets, with the Micex -1.65% and USD-RUB +0.9% at 35.963 rubles.

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  • SaltyDog62
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    I think we all know what happens from now!
    14 Apr 2014, 06:08 AM Reply Like
  • ffffh
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    I don't know what happans from now... As well as 99% of other people. If i knew i were rich. Can you please elaborate?
    14 Apr 2014, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    Yep, I couldn't guess what Salty was referring to either.
    14 Apr 2014, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • jeepnsam
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    I'll guess that Ukraine uses force against pro-Russians, one Russian death hits the news and Ukraine belongs to mother Russia Again. $RUSL drops below the 52 week low and I'm in at rock bottom and hold for the next 10 years.
    14 Apr 2014, 05:22 PM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    Those Right Sector Ukrainian crazies who were prominent in the US-supported February revolution in Kiev and who now actually hold positions in the new Kiev government have ended any hopes of Ukrainian-Russian harmony. The two nationalities can never live together in large numbers in the same country again.


    I predict that Russia will not want all of Ukraine. They will probably end up securing the southeastern third of the country.


    Could it be done peacefully from this point? That would be nice, but I have my doubts. And if more lives are lost, part of the blame goes to the stupid US State Department leaders who thought the region was fair game for a resumed rivalry with Russia, along with a compliant US news media.
    14 Apr 2014, 07:25 PM Reply Like
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