More tweets from our deep throat at Kiev Airport:
The military and the border police continue to confiscate equipment that is being sent for the failed National Guard.
All cargo planes are inspected by the
army. From what I can tell, they are of the same opinion as the Air
The military command of Ukraine will
make a decision in the next few days and communicate it to Russia,
and their government, in that order.
70% percent of soldiers in Crimea have
already communicated officially that they are transferring to the
The EU, the USA and their blasted
mother don't recognize the referendum, yet in Kiev most people accept
it and care little or nothing about it.
It's incredible that [the referendum]
is more accepted here than in the rest of the world. Why don't they
leave these people alone, may I ask?
Military neighbors, friends,
colleagues, consider [the referendum] legit and understand it and
accept it. The world that gives opinions about these people, doesn't.
[While everyone is
concentrating on the referendum in Crimea, let's not lose sight of
what's happening in the rest of (formerly independent) Ukraine. As we
already know, the government in Kiev is dead broke; the aid that is
forthcoming from the US is barely enough to cover its debt to
Russia's Gazprom, for natural gas. Ukraine's bond yield has spiked to
50% while $15
billion of these bonds
mature and have
to be rolled over this year.
A lot has been made of the Russian and
Belarussian troops massing all around Ukraine and in Crimea, but so
far little has been heard of the state of the military within Ukraine
itself. But now it appears that Ukraine's military (which has never
been involved in any armed conflict anywhere and is poorly trained
and poorly armed) is mostly on the
Russian side already,
and, in any case, not willing to follow orders from Kiev.
It also appears that the National Guard
goon squads being
hastily organized by the government in
Kiev may be effective at intimidating
civilians, but that they
won't be much of a military force.