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    OSCE Monitors Concerned About Convoys in E. Ukraine

    Unmarked military vehicles are parked on a road outside the separatist rebel-held eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne, 80 kilometers from Donetsk, Nov. 8, 2014.
    Unmarked military vehicles are parked on a road outside the separatist rebel-held eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne, 80 kilometers from Donetsk, Nov. 8, 2014.
    VOA News

    European monitors in Ukraine said they are very concerned after seeing convoys of heavy weapons and tanks in separatist-controlled areas of Ukraine.

    Swiss foreign minister and current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Karl Erjave, said he is worried about a resurgence of violence.

    Erjave urged all sides Saturday to do all in their power to further consolidate the cease-fire and stay away from acts that could lead to a new escalation.

    Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Beijing Saturday the U.S. and Russia agreed to exchange information about developments in Ukraine.

    When it comes to sanctions against Russia, Kerry said choices Moscow makes on Ukraine will decide what happens.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who met briefly with Kerry, said it is up to the separatists and Ukrainian government to finalize the cease-fire.

    Ukraine says Russia has sent dozens of tanks, heavy weapons, ammunition and soldiers into Kremlin-backed eastern Ukraine.

    NATO sources said that the vehicles appeared to be unmanned. But a spokesperson said they "represent a potential for significant reinforcements of heavy weapons to the Ukrainian separatists."

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    by: Biranzi Ibrahim Billy from: Uganda Kampala
    November 20, 2014 8:26 AM
    This things will expose the world not being realistic because when France went in Benghazi not one no nothing told them to go back, In Iraq not even in Gaza ! So is Islam the a big problem to America and Co.

    by: linda from: US
    November 09, 2014 10:26 PM
    To: M from: UK
    What a strange question. Slovaks? How is that relevant to Ukraine?
    Ethnic Ukrainians are the majority population in Eastern Ukraine not Russians. Most of the elder Ukrainians barely speak Russian.
    So is it your expectation that Putin's Moscow-born- ethnic -Russian terrorists have the right to come into Ukraine and force ethnic Ukrainians to vote to abandon their country –Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Government is supposed to lets that happen?
    The real crime here is not liberating Ukrainian citizens who have been taken hostage by Putin's terrorists. The longer the terrorists control parts of Eastern Ukraine, the more that populations suffers.
    Ethnic Russians have a homeland called Russia, Ukrainians have only one country and that's Ukraine.

    by: Hmmmm from: Murica
    November 09, 2014 11:28 AM
    The US should make sure that some sophisticated weapons "show up" to reinforce the Ukrainian government. Of course the US would know nothing about these mysterious US-made weapons and the American soldiers manning them. They would simply be pro-Ukrainian rebels
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    by: billbo from: uk
    November 09, 2014 12:38 PM
    too right mate, putin is at it again, its a war by proxy, putin of course will deny everything

    by: Dellstator from: US
    November 09, 2014 9:45 AM
    UNMANNED TANKS! Are we kidding? And a news service reports this without comments? Tanks DO NOT MOVE UNMANNED! To quibble and say Russia sent in tanks (but unspokenly removed the crews after parking them) beaks any credulity left with Russia, or news services.
    I like the pic of the "not Russian convoy" I see Russia has used the cease fire productively, and instead of painting neat white circles over their insignia, have now given every vehicle brand new shiny paint jobs so there is no evidence of their ever having been any insignia on the vehicles at all. Not even Ukrainian - which is where Russia insists they all come from.
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    by: Aarky from: Ft Smith, AR-USA
    November 09, 2014 12:33 PM
    That convoy of trucks look like the six wheel drive Zil Russian trucks and I also notice no ID or license plates.

    by: Anonymous from: Germany
    November 09, 2014 1:37 AM
    It's very interesting that EU pays billions of dollars every month by buying Russia's gas and thus financing regime of Putin. There is no guarantee that Russia's tanks won't target EU itself...
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    by: hlc from: Tampa
    November 09, 2014 6:07 PM
    Sharing information with the Russians! Thank God the Republicans control Congress. Maybe the two military assistance bills will pass and lethal/defensive weapons will be delivered.
    Obama is such an embarrassment. History will not be kind to him.
    SAM: EU is financing Russia because all deliveries are in dollars/Euro and with a declining Ruble they are able to finance Ukrainian separatists and military modernization. We can only hope for a mild winter and oil prices slipping to $85/barrel. Then you will see a change in Russian policy.
    How about a little consideration towards other opinions!
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    by: sam from: USA
    November 09, 2014 12:23 PM
    EU is not financing Russia it just pays for service delivery. Read before you open your mouth, They call it demand and supply.
    In Response

    by: Dmitry from: Crimea
    November 09, 2014 9:46 AM
    It is difficult in the short term to change sources of oil and natural gas. They are investigating alternative right now I am sure. But for the US to say that they are "sharing" info with Russia must mean that the US and Russia must have come to some agreeement on splitting up of our country for the sake of their own profits.

    Let's look at their options: Frozen conflict = Ukraine loses, Donbass loses, and Russia wins; Ukraine recaptures all areas = Ukraine wins; DPR gains independence = Russia wins. Most likey Russia will win but not until many more are killed.

    However, in the long term Russia is the ultimate loser as no one in the west trusts Russia and are looking to buy oil and gas elsewhere. Russia will be isolated. Russian economy crashes and burns. EU economy rebuilds with the "bread basket" of Europe (Ukraine) in the mix.
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    by: Vadim from Russia from: Khabarovsk
    November 09, 2014 8:41 AM
    Just relax and sleep soundly.

    by: Aarky from: Ft. Smith AR--USA
    November 09, 2014 12:07 AM
    The US is lying on this one. They have satellite technology that can show us the color of Russian soldiers hair and certainly show tanks. We then see only very poor quality NATO fotos that appear to be taken from five miles up. One story that made it past the censors stated that the satellite photos showed that the rebels who shot down the Malaysian flight with a BUK missile were wearing a certain type of clothing. The US needs to show the world some close up satellite videos and call out the Russian lies.
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    by: Tuvarish from: Odesa
    November 09, 2014 9:51 AM
    Where you hear that? LOL. Satellites move around because they are in space. They can capture an area for limited time frame - naturally US do not tell what time. They do not take pictures of hair because no satellite can do that. The photos are grainy because they are taken through space -- you know with clouds and atmospheric obstruction and are a long way away ... you know, as far as outer space! Also, the world can call out Russia with very solid evidence and Kremlin will lie like the Kremlin has always done - so what is the difference. Everyone knows Russia has soldiers and war machines in Ukraine. That is not stopping them.

    by: John Macassey from: New Zealand
    November 08, 2014 10:20 PM
    I am disappointed that the US and the EU are not in the least helping the East Ukranians in their struggle for autonomy and to be more free from the somewhat dodgy West Ukraine government/rule/control. It seems Poroshenko and his team are still considering a military invasion which would be tragic for the mainly Russian speaking people of the Donbas. I am grateful that they well may be protected by Russia. What ever happened to the US support of people wishing to be free such as the people of Kosova who eventually won their independence from Serbia.
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    by: hlc from: USA
    November 09, 2014 6:16 PM
    John, Unfortunately we are living with a US President who is a socialist at heart. Hopefully, with a Republican led Congress two bills providing lethal and defensive weapons will be passed.
    If Obama sent secret letters to Iran you know he has made some deal with Putin. I just hope Obams continues his Executive Orders bypassing Congress and will be impeached.
    The EU should remember Churchill's words:"You accepte Shame to avoid war now you have both"--
    In Response

    by: Linda from: US
    November 09, 2014 6:14 PM
    The Kiev Government offered decentralization and more Autonomy but Putin's terrorists from Moscow demand more.
    Step 1, Putin's Moscow terrorists demand Independence from Ukraine
    Step 2, Putin Moscow terrorists will demand annexation to Russia

    If the rules have changed and every group on demand can set-up its own "Republics" and demand Independence and when the Siberians, the Chechen, the Novogorodians all have the same rights, perhaps Putin's terrorists could make a claim in Ukraine.
    But, in fact, Putin and you Russians apply these rules only to Ukraine, therefore the Ukrainian Government has to protect Ukrainian citizens and land against those Putin's Russian terrorists who brought war to Ukraine.
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    by: M from: UK
    November 09, 2014 1:51 PM
    So could someone explain WHY the east Ukrainians can't decide to leave the dysfunctional country?
    It was allowed to the Slovakians, to every country left the soviet union (no one complained about the fact Russia left the USSR) or for countless other minorities.
    Why the US fight for the right of the west Ukrainians to shell and kill the citizens in the east of the country?
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    by: John Doe from: Australia
    November 09, 2014 10:05 AM
    Why would you say the West Ukraine govt is dodgy? You somehow think the Russian controlled rebels are less dodgy?

    The current leader of the DPR is an Coal Mine Electrician by trade. He was in the military and is a trained killer. He is good at that and so he was perfect since he was from Ukraine. He was installed as Prime Minister by a Russian citizen called Igor "The Shooter" Strelkov - who is a Russian NSB specialist who specializes in taking over other countries (see Moldova, Georgia, Crimea/Ukraine as some accomplishments) after Borodai, who is another Russian citizen, was sacked because Russia saw that having Russian citizens be leaders of Donbas was likely quite problematic. You see how it all went down? Russia is in control - so why should US and EU help Russia take over Ukraine and steal their resources?

    US has been trying to stay out of it, just like the beginning of WWII, but Russia is intent on blaming US and pulling them into it because it gives the rest of the world some cause for going against US - even if it is only in their minds
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    by: Rick from: Canada
    November 09, 2014 9:47 AM
    The east is being conned into "independence" Russia is creating the entire conflict. That much is very clear

    by: mr nobody from: USA
    November 08, 2014 9:38 PM
    Sharing information with Russia has only served to impune Americans and Ukrainians (at the same time if possible). Whilst putting them in harms way.

    Russia has intentionally infiltrated the Ukraine for years. They are no partner.

    It is time to stop sharing information with Russia.

    by: mr nobody from: USA
    November 08, 2014 8:50 PM
    "if confirmed, these actions would be yet another blatant example of Russia's disregard for international law, and further evidence that Russia is not abiding by the commitments it signed up to in the Minsk agreements."

    Another blatant disregard for its commitments, like the Budapest nuclear arms agreement? In which America, England Northern Ireland and Russia promised to protect The territorial integrity of the the Ukraine. Come to think of it, America, England and Northern Ireland may be liable too...

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    November 08, 2014 6:48 PM
    What the heck is the US Secretary of State John Kerry doing? Is he agreeing to provide information of the military movements of the Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine to Russia? Is he the spy of Putin? Is the US President Obama subjugated by Putin?
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    by: voice_trooper from: London
    November 10, 2014 4:01 AM
    Laszlo Viski
    Hopefully the paid killers and stability undermining units that work in Ukraine today will take you at your words of praise.
    Steered by your cheering and staying well clear of Ukraine perhaps they should rather be aiming at Budapest directly. Have the Kremlin tanks and murder machines "embrace" your city with some shelling...otherwise of course you are just a hypocrite writing somewhere from the comforts of EU/US backed deterrent called NATO(no matter how irrelevant /inadequate it looks today).
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    by: Tuggy from: Free World
    November 09, 2014 1:22 AM
    Reminiscent of Patton racing to Bastogne to relieve Easy Company.
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    by: Laszlo Viski from: Budapest
    November 09, 2014 1:00 AM
    During the cold war, I was cheering for the US and the West in general. As the US and the West in general have lost their credibility, I should be cheering for the Russians. Especially in respect of this Ukrainian situation. The West is lying too much.

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