A few days ago ten Russian paratroopers were said to have accidentally crossed the Ukraine border. Now a few thousand Russian troops are supposedly spending their vacations there. But those tanks aren’t loaded with coolers and beach chairs.
East Ukrainian pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said 3-4,000 serving Russian soldiers, on leave from their posts, are fighting Ukrainian troops alongside the rebels, Russian state television reported.
“Among us are fighting serving soldiers, who would rather take their vacation not on a beach but with us, among brothers, who are fighting for their freedom,” said Mr Zakharchenko in an interview posted on Vesti.ru, the website of a Russian state television station.
Russia’s military fired Grad rockets into the town and its suburbs before sending in two convoys of tanks and armored personnel carriers from Russia’s Rostov region, it said in a statement.
“Ukrainian troops were ordered to pull out to save their lives. By late afternoon both Russian convoys had entered the town. Ukraine is now fortifying nearby Mariupol to the west,” the NDSC said.
Vacations. At last we’re dealing with something in Obama’s skill set.