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I think the threat of heavy arms for the Ukraine government has forced Putin to stop sending heavy arms to the rebels.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Feb 12th, 2015 at 05:42:36 AM EST
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I can't see how that's correct. Russian regulars armed with heavy equipment like tanks and rocket artillery are constantly in action against Ukrainian units. They are even rotating troops in and out of the battle zone. As late as today I saw pictures of Russian soldiers with strikingly Asiatic (think turko-mongol) features in the area.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Feb 12th, 2015 at 06:06:32 AM EST
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Agreed, but Putin's fiction is that they are not Russian army regulars but "volunteers" (I'm not sure if they are leasing tanks from the army or what).

If he concedes border controls in the negotiations, he won't be able to rotate his troops in and out any more. Or at least, not with the heavy weapons, pretty visible by satellite.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 12th, 2015 at 09:34:14 AM EST
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Putin said it was not the best night in his life, but agreed with "good morning". (Youtube ~20s). The ruble rate improved though.

English speaking Asovians were definitely spotted in Mariupol.

by das monde on Thu Feb 12th, 2015 at 07:05:57 AM EST
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