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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tensions rise as Ukraine’s military hardware pulls up to eastern border with Russia

Prophecy Sign:  Rumours of Wars

In one of our other blog entries of today we noted the growing instability of some of the world's simmering geo-political hotspots and how these hotspots could boil over into war.  One such area is that of the Eastern European region bordering Russia.  Many of these countries have sizeable Russian speaking populations that in the case of Crimea, desire to rejoin mother Russia.  However that would require many of these newly independent nations, (Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Lithuania), to carve themselves up which is not going to sit well with their respective national governments, (as is the case with Ukraine and the Crimea).  Meanwhile Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin sits on the borders of these East European nations with hunger in her eyes as Putin looks to grow the Russian federation in population and land mass.  How the world will deal with Putin's expansionist goal is the million dollar question.

When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away. Luke 21:9 NIV

Tensions rise as Ukraine’s military hardware pulls up to eastern border with Russia
Ukrainian heavy military equipment, including armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles are heading towards the Russian border, while the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk are protesting the entry of Ukrainian military hardware. Residents have uploaded various videos of the heavy military equipment moving through the eastern Ukrainian regions. The process triggered protests which erupted in the cities of Kharkov, Donetsk and Lugansk.

Ukraine mobilises its army as Kremlin ups the ante with warning to America: 'We can reduce you to radioactive ash'
The Crimean crisis moved a step closer to all-out war today as Ukraine mobilised its armed forces and a firebrand Kremlin mouthpiece warned America to stay out of its business, declaring: 'We could turn you to radioactive ash.' Since a referendum called for Crimea's annexation to Russia last night, tensions between Russia, Ukraine and the rest of the world have risen faster than at any point since the stand off erupted three weeks ago. As dawn broke this morning, the Ukrainian parliament approved the deployment of 40,000 battle-ready soldiers as it vowed to 'defend our homeland' from any incursion. But with a pool of just 160,000 active frontline personel, the Ukrainian armed forces are dwarfed by a Russian army that includes more than 700,000 men and women and many more in reserve. 

China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'
China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We don't want this."

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