Did they? Did they not? Well the Pentagon claims they did?
Pentagon claims - without providing details. It’s not clear what the intent was.
Or if this really happened?
Second- Webster Tarpley. Give it a listen! Interesting background information
Guns and Butter "Ukrainian Crisis In Historical Context" with Webster Tarpley. Citizens of Ukraine unwilling to fight on behalf of the fascist coup; Ukraine as a creation of the German General Staff in WWI; etc.,
The WP article, in line with NATO propaganda, claims Russia is escalating. Since there doesn’t seem to be any real proof of that claim, we are just going to look at the indications that the Kiev coup regime never had any real control of the nation. And in fact parts of Ukraine are slipping away.
The "pro-Ukraine activists” (Actually right sector thugs) struck before dawn Thursday while the separatists were fast asleep, retaking city hall after nearly two weeks of occupation and notching a small but critical victory in the struggle to keep this country’s eastern half from slipping into Russian hands”Regarding right sector thugs and their baseball bat assault on the federalist movement
Yulia Lasazan, a spokeswoman for Mariupol's police department, told the AP about 30 masked men armed with baseball bats stormed the building before dawn Thursday and started beating the pro-Russia protesters.
Those masked men with baseball bats are the ones that the lying Washington Post calls" pro-Ukrainian activists", which is NATO speak for the fascists..Svoboda, Right Sector- Fascist Neo-Nazis- the NATO media lies on their behalf. Our freedom loving media...
The police were soon called in,(after the fascists beat the protestors with baseball bats) and the defeated pro-Russia demonstrators were escorted out. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov took to Facebook to trumpet the liberation, calling it “good and right” and vowing to continue “the process of normalization.”
“But victory was fleeting: By Friday, the pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic had been reinstated in this heavily industrial port city of half a million. Inside city hall, the separatists were busy — restocking supplies of molotov cocktails, brokering deals with the local police and vowing not to yield until they win their freedom from the government in Kiev”Victory. Fleeting.
As soon as the fascist thugs were gone...likely stealing everything in sight
The tide was already turning back toward the separatists. As the demonstrators negotiated with city authorities, a crowd of sympathizers gathered around the building.
Others suggested that the government simply didn’t have the will to keep the motley crew of demonstrators — some in their early teens, many in their 50s or above — from returning.
“The police are supporting us now,” said Evgeniy Pomazan, 50, a sailor who identified himself as the deputy commandant of the occupying force.
On Friday,(today) demonstrators controlled the building’s grounds and four main floors. A small number of police officers stood watch on the top floor and did not interfere as the protesters filled the basement with molotov cocktails.
The demonstrators said they intend to stay until the government holds a referendum on whether to make eastern Ukraine autonomous from Kiev.
And the demonstrators are taking care of the properties they occupy
Pomazan emphasized that he and his fellow demonstrators had taken excellent care of the government property they had seized, regularly sweeping the floors and laying out mattresses in the hall so as not to disturb the contents of offices.Unlike Maidan!
“After the referendum, this will all be ours,” Pomazan said. “So why should we destroy it?”
This episode reflects the massive challenge that Ukrainian authorities face as they try to reassert their authority in a region where government buildings remain in separatist hands
The Ukrainian government’s loudly advertised “anti-terrorist campaign” — dependent on weak security forces of questionable loyalty — has foundered.
That’s cause people don’t want to kill their extended families
“The state is weak. That is the main problem,” said Yevgeny, a pro-Ukraine activist in Mariupol who is too concerned about retribution to allow his last name to be printed. “The city authorities don’t know what to do. They don’t want blood. They don’t want conflict. And so the Donetsk People’s Republic is back.”The state is weak thanks to the fascists thugs are acting as dividers, rather then unifiers The state is weak thanks to the US. The EU. NGO's and many others actors- Who can forget Victoria F the EU Nuland ?
The army's first attempts to assert a presence in the east have been disastrous. South of Kramatorsk last Wednesday, CNN encountered a column of a dozen armored personnel carriers stranded either side of a railway line. Some 100 soldiers of the 25th Airborne Brigade, exhausted and dejected, were being harangued by local people, as the leader of a pro-Russian group negotiated terms for their release. Eventually they gave up much of their equipment and were allowed to leave, and the next day, Turchynov disbanded the unit. Six armored personnel carriers (APCs) from another unit were seized and paraded in Slavyansk.
CNN followed one military convoy of some 70 vehicles for two hours across a rural swathe of Donetsk region. Several of its vehicles broke down; most were of Soviet vintage and in poor repair. Stragglers were left behind. Morale seemed brittle at best.
Federalists capture bus containing International Observers
“ Slovyansk, where a pro-Russia militia captured a bus containing eight members of an international observer mission as well as five Ukrainian troops and their driver, according to Ukraine’s interior ministry.
“This is not a civil mission, because they are soldiers,” the mayor told Russia’s Life News TV. “So they are spies. Also they had a map with all checkpoints, which proves that they are spies.”
Earlier Friday, separatists blew up a Ukrainian government helicopter at a restricted airfield near the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Ukraine’s defense ministry said it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.