Editor’s Note: Ukrainian forces have, for the most part, made no significant movements in recent weeks as their government re-organized post-revolution. Until now. As the following pictures and videos show, the situation on Russia’s eastern front is not in any sort of de-escalation as some would have us believe. Just the opposite. Military assets on both sides are now reinforcing the border, and the Russians have even gone so far as to start laying land mines (see pictures below).
No worries though, because as soon as President Obama finishes up the Back 9 at his latest golf outing he’ll jump on the phone (with the Presidential Pen in tow) to hash things out with Vladimir Putin.
Did somebody say de-escalation?
Earlier today, photos were distributed showing the latest military convoy reinforcements heading into the Crimea, accompanies by a Police car demonstrating Moscow license plate numbers, most likely providing further support to the pro-Russian forces in the peninsula.
Supposedly the trucks are carrying troops to reinforces the members of the new Crimean army, pictured below:
While at the same time along the makeshift border between Crimea and the mainland, the Pro-Russian forces are putting down minefields.
However, the Ukrainians, having already been mobilized for over a week, finally appear set to seize back the offensive:
The first clip below captured the 80th Airborne Regiment out of Lviv moving out, direction mainland, preparing to repel foreign attack.
The next video shows what are allegedly Buk SAM batteries deployed in the Donetsk region, a city in Eastern Ukraine which in the past week has swayed between Ukraine and Russian authority.
The clip below shows the 95th Airborne brigade also moving out of their barracks in Zhytomyr in western Ukraine, heading East, with an impressive deployment of trucks and APCs.
2S19 “Msta-S” 152mm Howitzers on the move to Crimea.
Finally, 20 T-64 tanks preparing to depart in Bila Tserkva, a city in central Ukraine:
So where again are all those pundits who were so eager to explain away the Ukraine confrontation as one that will promptly be forgotten, and is by now most certainly priced in?