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Attack on National Guard base in Mariupol leaves 3 dead

Putin Issues Warning Following 3 Deaths In Ukraine Fight


Posted: 04/17/2014 2:11 am EDT Updated: 04/17/2014 7:01 am EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted overnight raid on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's authorities said.

The Interior Ministry said a mob of around 300 people armed with stun grenades and firebombs were involved in the bloodiest episode to date in the confrontation pitting Ukraine's new government in Kiev against an eastern insurgency tacitly supported by Moscow.

Masked and battle-ready militia bearing sophisticated firearms have been deeply involved in seizing government offices in eastern Ukraine, igniting suspicions that much of the unrest is being stirred with Russia's backing.

But Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed as "nonsense" claims that Russian special forces were fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine.

"It's all nonsense, there are no special units, special forces or instructors there," Putin said.

He did admit - for the first time - that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had captured Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation last month by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

Putin also expressed hope that four-way talks between Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union and Russia in Geneva on Thursday could map a way out of the deepening security crisis.

Ukraine's interior ministry said shots fired by servicemen in the Mariupol base initially proved insufficient to deter the pro-Russian crowd from proceeding with their assault. It remains unclear exactly how the three protesters were killed.

There were no casualties among Ukrainian servicemen, the ministry said. At least 63 people involved in the attack were detained, but local media Thursday morning cited police as saying 38 were later released.

Speaking in parliament, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said a pro-Russian gang carrying automatic weapons attempted to storm the base three times.

APTN footage filmed outside the base on Wednesday night showed an unidentified man acting as an intermediary coming out to speak to masked men in the crowd armed with assault rifles. He told them the military had asked for 10 minutes to think over an unspecified ultimatum.

The masked men insisted they wanted no bloodshed. A short while later, however, a crowd of mainly masked young men armed with bats and sticks began throwing Molotov cocktails at the base's gate and at the trucks parked in front of it. Sounds of gunfire were heard in response.

The skirmish came after the government announced an operation to retake control of the eastern city of Slovyansk, which has emerged as the focal point of the armed insurgency, and government buildings in several other cities in the east.

With tens of thousands of Russian troops deployed just across the border from Ukraine, there are fears the Kremlin might use the instability in the predominantly Russian-speaking region as a pretext for seizing more territory beyond its annexation of Crimea last month.

On Wednesday, hundreds of people in Kramatorsk, 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Slovyansk, encircled a column of Ukrainian armored vehicles carrying several dozen troops. Soon after, masked gunmen in combat gear reached the site and Ukrainian soldiers surrendered the vehicles to them.

At another location near Kramatorsk, troops at 15 Ukrainian armored vehicles were also surrounded by a crowd. To end the standoff, Ukrainian servicemen handed over the magazines from their assault rifles to pro-Russian militia. The Defense Ministry said the infantry vehicles had left the area Thursday and were returning to their base in Dnipropetrovsk, 225 kilometers (140 miles) away.

There appeared little immediate sign of any planned military action by Ukraine forces. In an attempt to contain pro-Russian insurgents, a military checkpoint made of sandbags was built on the northern road to Slovyansk. An Associated Press reporter spotted 30 special forces officers, an armored personnel carrier and military vehicle with an anti-aircraft gun at the site.

Turchynov told parliament on Thursday that the brigade that handed over its vehicles would be disbanded and its members put on trial.

As the new government in Kiev struggles to contain the pro-Russian uprising, the Obama administration has said it is readying additional sanctions against Moscow and a boost in aid for the Ukrainian military in the coming days.

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dwtomczyk April 17 2014 at 8:22 AM

humm.... let me see. russians kiling russians? how far back shoudl we go? czar niclolos? nah.. further back than that

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apollospeaks88 April 17 2014 at 12:21 PM


took an ominous turn for the worse when a defiant Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea on the portentious date March 18: the 145th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain's birth.

Google www.apollospeaks.com for this fascinating and very troubling story.

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rocher54 apollospeaks88 April 17 2014 at 12:27 PM

Well, Putin figured that it was either him, or the wise guys of the US/EU, who were trying to muscle Crimea away from Russia. Putin beat them to the punch. Judo move, see.

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ramonbatt rocher54 April 17 2014 at 12:56 PM

Putin is smart. He is a leader. We have none!

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ajones77 April 17 2014 at 2:09 PM

Will we ever learn to stay home, walk quietly in the world, but carry a big stick just in case?

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rocher54 April 17 2014 at 12:19 PM

The Protesters rule the streets of all the main cities in the East. The Ukrainian Army is safely and cozily inside their bases protecting themselves in self-defense. They have not been able to take the cities away from the pro-Russian rebels, and they're not trying either.

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Camp Bulldog April 17 2014 at 12:14 PM

Yes the big word here seems to be MUSLIMS

You went to a "war" over Libya. (No one has figured that out yet) . To dispose of its President who was very active in fighting terrorism. Only to watch him be executed by his captives in the field.
Many of the West want to send arms to Al Qaeda fighting for the Syrian Rebels....The US even sent a few destroyers...armed and ready.

Not to mention all the aid sent to Yemen...Egypt...on & on

And lets not forget the Bosnian war.

Not to mention the attack on Christain beliefs inside the very borders of the US. Draw all the pictures you want of Jesus...

There is a thing called Normalcy syndrome... If...as you go through your daily life, nothing really changes in its schedule, you a comfortable. The trash is picked up, mail delivered, Family members come home from work...all in a normal time. Life moves along as it normally would.
In the Meantime, you are not aware of big picture. How things are changing outside your immediate surroundings.
By the time you do notice...your comfortable world is absorbed by a more frightening institution..

This is what happened to many of the Jews in 'Brown shirt Germany'... By the time they noticed...it was too late. (there were some who did noticed & fled the country)

Do not make the same mistake..... thinking...OH! That can't happen here!

Stop and look outside your NORMAL World.

Yep! ' Muslims' is the deal breaker.

Why have the Subjects (you are no longer 'citizens') of the American Government decided to ally their Nation so close to the Muslim World? Since when does the US listen for the call of Jihad?

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rreef1993 Camp Bulldog April 17 2014 at 12:23 PM

Since Obama became POTUS and Hilliary & Scary Kerry are Secs of State.

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Bud April 17 2014 at 12:11 PM

Obama needs to Call Putin aghain and tell him this will not be tollerated...Put a Little Humor in it !
Headlines should read..Obama is about to Call Putin Again !

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kscalvino April 17 2014 at 11:25 AM

Crazy, scary
'Jews must register or face deportation,' demands a flyer signed by Donetsk's pro-Russian interim government and handed out Passover evening in the eastern Ukraine city.


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sandinbox April 17 2014 at 11:23 AM

Putin lies, lies and lies. Trying to act like a good guy and this is all Ukraine's fault. He was already blackmailing Yankovch cutting off trade and threatening to increase energy costs if Ukraine didn't go with his Russian Union...Ukrainian president than back away from the EU and that's when the protests started. Ukraine didn't start this Putin did. How anyone can believe anything this man and his regime say is crazy. I agree, anyone who wants to join Russia...put them on a bus and send them there.

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margot_hilaire1 April 17 2014 at 11:15 AM

If those stupid man like Russia so much I would if I would be a Ukrainian official send them to mother Russia. Good riddance.

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jrgumshoe April 17 2014 at 9:23 AM

The s..t is on now. Russia is about to do a full invasion. This is just what they wanted to happen.

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misterfrog jrgumshoe April 17 2014 at 9:44 AM

They won't stop there. We are more interested in protecting "poppy growers" than legitimate governments. Alquiada is growing with Obastard's help.

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