Skip to comments.Ukraine crisis: Rebel military chief Strelkov 'quits'
Posted on 08/14/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned.
Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, confirmed the news but denied reports Mr Strelkov had been wounded.
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CNN is reporting that the leader in Luhansk resigned, as well. And Borodai resigned earlier. Looks like when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
In Russia, you don’ t quit....Russia quits you.
A Rope and a tree is his fate if the Ukrainians get him first.
It doesn’t seem like much of a choice: stay, and get the rope and a tree or go, and get to keep your stolen Mercedes and be treated like a hero in your native Moscow.
Things are changing, and quickly it seems.
Aid Convoy is an hour away from the Krasnodon (rebel controlled) Border post, on the road to Luhansk. It has stopped for the night.
Two Mobile air defense units have been brought up to protect it.
IMO, they will likely try to push the border after dawn. Under escort.....
Kiev fired two SS-21 ballistic missiles at Donetsk today, killing a bunch of civilians, and the Russians are PO’d about it, to say the least.
What Obama says in his presser will say a lot.
He probably wants his old job back in Moscow
Putin wants to invade. He’s wanted that for a long time. Now that his proxies are exposed and beaten it won’t be long till he will send in his regular forces. He’s hell bent on reestablishing the Soviet empire.
Western media following the convoy have been told they can look into any truck they like, they are finding only food and supplies.
Sorry about Earlier, the border post is Izvarino, and the route through Krasnodon.
Rebels are reporting they have total control over this road.
You think Putin wants him back...I don’t. He gave Putin a huge PR headache.
Andrew Roth - NYTimes :
Looked inside several trucks, found buckwheat, sleeping bags and a mechanics workshop.
I’d hate to be him with the rating he’s going to get from the FSB during his annual appraisal. But it could be worse. Under Stalin, he’d have been shot already.
I thought Buckwheat was dead.
He could still end up in a Russian prison on some bogus charge or turning blue...
"I'd like to look inside this truck."
"Nyet. You would like to look inside this truck."
Andrew Roth NYTimes
“Red Cross is on site but not speaking with journalists so far.”
I agree that the guy is a loose cannon. But Putin might want to keep him close, throw him a state contract here and there, and tell him to keep his mouth shut or the FSB will come calling.
Still playing catch-up.
Not much on rebel tweets/sites about Strelkov, yet.
But a lot on the convoy.
UK Gardian’s Shawn Walker:
Column of twenty APC’s 10km from border, heading toward Izvarino.
UK Gaurdian’s Shawn Walker notes that he is getting trolled by Kiev trolls. They don’t like his descriptions of the convoy, and are calling him an “FSB Agent”.
Gee, that sounds awfully familiar....
-Two helicopters (Mi-8) accompanying the convoy, flying extremely low. Now sitting in the fields alongside
-Saw one car with diplo plates, Red Cross insignia at convoy site. Two foreign ICRC officials inside. Refused to speak
The damage has been done. Europe’s economy is tumbling. Ukraine’s currency is in shambles, at a point that the IMF will not be able to bail it out without putting its other member economies at risk. Russia got the Crimea for low cost to itself. Russia does NOT want Ukraine right now as it will damage the rest of the Customs Union. And, Russia can come back for the rest of Ukraine when it suits itself.
Another brawl in the Ukraine Parliament today.
The NAZI Lyashko got almost knocked out by another MP!
This is worth seeing, folks!
Start at about 2:00. Lyashko Definitely gets his bell rung!!
NOW I know why Lyashko got punched out.
He called out Kolomoisky, wants him arrested for looting Ukraine while it is at war, and got punched out by one of Kolomoisky’s owned MP’s!
Several Tweets that Lyashko’s Nazi’s (Adair) are marching on Kiev to “Save” the Maidan. Sounds like he is about to “Cross the Rubicon”.
(Several reports on twitter that Kolomoisky’s “Donbas” mercenary militia left Lyasko’s Nazi’s hung out to dry, and butchered, when they ran away in a fight a couple of days ago.
Gotta love how the coup is shaking out....
Marinovka Border checkpoint again under rebel control.
I saw that one earlier.
If Lyashko tries to launch a coup in Kiev, things could get really messy, really FAST....
And frankly, I wouldn’t put it past him to do it.
Much better video, from another angle, of Little Himmler/Lyashko getting punched out.
To clarify. APC column separate to humanitarian convoy, which has halted. Is moving very close to border. But not size of proper invasion force.
OK, a clearer picture of what is going on with Strelkov now.
Vladimir Kononov appointed new DNR Defense Minister.
Strelkov named Chief of Staff
Differing reports say Strelkov is either in Crimea at this moment (meeting with Putin?), or he is near “Snow” directing an attack.
The blood of that cat is on Strelkov’s hands. But he’s absconded . . . .
On its face, it appears that the "coup" is shaking-out better than the rebellion against it . . . .
As much as we appreciate your Twitter updates, could you source them? The way it appears now, you just make them up yourself.
Gubarev (one of the rebel militia group commanders) at the Marinovka Border crossing , taken this morning after the rebels took control of it.
Thanks for clarification. Praying for the Russian people...
Finland will impose no new sanctions on Russia Finnish PM on.rt.com/wfodzc
All the high profile Russian nationals are gone now. Putin has cleared out the personalities to try to give a more low key local flavor to his astroturfed “civil war”.
If you have the time, a prayer or two for the Ukrainian people would be appropriate, also.
Hopefully Goehring’s Ukrainian-NATO boys will experience a short and not so painful demise.
The trucks will go through unless Poroshenko stops them..doesn’t look like he’s going to at this point.
Also i think that this is all going to wind down or they wouldn’t be bringing the trucks at this time....looks like the leadership is standing down.....though understandable they’d protect the route for the trucks to get thru.
We’ve mentioned prior that for this to even been considered the International leaderships already determined this would soon be a done deal. ...and then the mop up from all the destruction.
I don’t think it’s going to end the political wars in Kiev unless they’ve settled with the Oligarchs.
I don’t think Putin cleared them out . . . it appears to me that they are leaving while they still can. Imagine what your typical Russian mafia member would do.
So his service to queen Putin wasn't a total waste of time.
Of course...you probably don’t know that either. Most Ukrainian citizens are ethnic Russian or support the Russian position. AS for the rest...they pray for NATO bombs. Or perhaps some ISIL goons...