Is the war in Ukraine about to get significantly hotter? All signs point to an imminent increase in hostilities and direct Russian involvement. I guess we'll just sit back and watch as there's not much else we can do.
Earlier today, the Russian "humanitarian convoy" crossed the border into Ukraine and there are already pictures of white trucks on the ground in Lugansk.
The Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quick to respond, calling this "an illegal crossing" and a "flagrant violation of the principles of international law": https://mfa.gov.ua/en/press-center/comments/2211-zajava-mzs-ukrajini-u-z...
Recall now what Professor Cohen told us in his segment with John Batchelor 10 days ago...that the convoy had been sent off from Moscow with great fanfare. The Russian government even trotted out a few Orthodox bishops to sprinkle holy water on the trucks in the hopes of blessing them with safe passage. There can be no doubt that this send-off event was staged and orchestrated in order to bring the Russian population completely in line with the mission. https://www.tfmetalsreport.com/podcast/6021/latest-batchelor-cohen-ukrai...
Perhaps this will all work out fine. Perhaps the terrorized citizens of Lugansk and Donetsk will get some food, water and medicine and then the Russian convoy will withdraw. Perhaps Merkel will meet with Poroshenko tomorrow in Kiev and they'll have a wonderful time. Perhaps Poroshenko and Putin will then meet in Minsk next Tuesday and be seen laughing it up, fist-bumping and hugging. Let's hope so.
Perhaps, instead, this has all been designed as a false flag from the get go. Perhaps the convoy, full of Russian goods and driven by Russian citizens (soldiers?), will come under attack at some point this weekend. Perhaps the Ukraine militia, which we already know are only loosely controlled by Kiev, will read the official statement from the Ukraine Foreign Ministry and decide to take matters into their own hands. After all, they're supposedly defending Mother Ukraine, right? Do you not think they consider their mandate an obligation to defend Ukraine from " illegal and aggressive acts of the Russian Federation"?
The full text of the Ukraine statement is below. I've added bold and italic emphasis to the sections that seem the most relevant. Please pay extra close attention to the headlines and your twitter feed today and this weekend. As you know, I've been following these events very closely since February and everything tells me that the situation is about to make a dramatic escalation. For once I hope...and pray...that I'm wrong.
Statement of the MFA of Ukraine in connection with illegal crossing of the state border of Ukraine by the Russian convoy
On August, 22 Russia began smuggling humanitarian aid to Ukraine, ignoring established international rules, procedures and agreements, without the consent and escort of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Although the border and customs services of Ukraine have already started clearance of the Russian convoy, in the morning Ukrainian officials were blocked by the Russian forces and detached from the inspection of the rest of the trucks in the column, despite previous agreements and the fact that they had been invited to the territory of Russia. We are concerned about the safety of our employees. Moreover, deep concern is raised because so far neither Ukrainian side nor the ICRC are aware of the content of the cargo.
The fact that Russian trucks entered the territory of Ukraine without proper border and customs procedures and that the cargo was not donated to the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross indicates deliberate and aggressive nature of Russia’s actions.
As we have previously emphasized the Russian side is fully responsible for the safety of the cargo. It is important to note that the Ukraine has already taken all necessary measures to ensure the security of the cargo.
In order to prevent any provocations we have issued all necessary instructions for the safe passing of the convoy. Despite all attempts by the Ukrainian side the contact between the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the one of Russia, has not been established, which is critical to ensure security along the route. We point out that terrorists carry out mortar attacks along the possible route of the cargo.
We also are not aware of the content of the agreements of the Russian side with Luhansk insurgents and we do not exclude the possibility of any planned provocation.
We consider this act to be another flagrant violation of the fundamental principles of international law, including inviolability of borders, non-interference in the internal affairs of another state and bona fide fulfillment of international obligations by the Russian Federation.
We call on all international partners to join the strong condemnation of illegal and aggressive acts of the Russian Federation.