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Biden Threatens Russia as Ukraine Ceasefire Looks Unlikely

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Well, that didn't last long. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday announced plans for a ceasefire with the pro-Russian militants who control parts of eastern Ukraine. Fighting has already resumed, and NATO claims that Russia is again building up troops along the Ukrainian border. Vice President Joe Biden today weighed in on the situation. 

Biden warned today that the U.S. will "impose further costs on Russia" if the country doesn't rein in the separatists. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a similar threat earlier this week when insurgents shot down a Ukrainian military plane, killing all 49 people on board. The U.S. has been expanding its economic sanctions against Russia since mid-March. 

Reuters reports on today's action:

Both Ukrainian government and rebel accounts of the fighting suggested a major battle involving armoured vehicles including tanks. One military source said 4,000 separatists were involved, while rebels sources in Donetsk said Ukrainian infantry supported by 20 tanks and many other armoured vehicles were storming the village of Yampil, about 12 kilometres east of Krasny Liman.

A top rebel commander, Igor Strelkov, reported "heavy losses" in equipment and arms among the separatists, faced with a huge superiority in heavy armour on the government side at Yampil.

"We beat off the first attack and destroyed one tank. But it is difficult to take on 20 tanks. The battle is going on. Our people are holding but we can't rule out that they [government forces] will break through," Strelkov, who is also known as Girkin, said in a video statement. He urged Moscow to "take some measures."

On top of this setback to Poroshenko's peace plan, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen asserts that Russia is only fanning the flames:

I can confirm that we now see a new Russian military buildup — at least a few thousand more Russian troops deployed to the Ukrainian border — and we see troop maneuvers in the neighborhood of Ukraine. … If they're deployed to seal the border and stop the flow of weapons and fighters that would be a positive step. But that's not what we're seeing.

Likewise, last week the Ukrainian government said that several tanks had crossed the border from Russia through a separatist-held checkpoint, a claim that NATO backed up with satellite images. There is evidence that some of the fighters for the so-called people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are actually hired mercenaries from Chechnya and Ingushetia

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  1. Go git ’em, Joe!

  2. I hope he stamped his foot and held his breath until he turned blue. That’ll show that mean old Putin.

  3. Now you’ve done it Putin. You pissed off the gaffinator. Expect 2 warning shots from a double barrel shotgun any minute, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    1. “We won’t send Team USA to the 2018 World Cup.”

  4. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen asserts that Russia is only fanning the flames:

    So how do you describe what NATO is doing?

    Pouring gasoline on the fire?

    What a pile of shit.

    1. So how do you describe what NATO is doing?

      Insignificant and not worth mention next to Russia’s gross interference.

      1. Don’t you have a 3rd war in Iraq to pimp?

        1. “I can’t counter his point-I’ll resort to snotty diversions!”

          And I win. No surprises here.

  5. OT:

    Sunbathing really IS addictive: Catching rays has ‘similar effect to heroin’ on the brain

    Sunbathing produces feel-good endorphins which have a heroin-like hold
    Sun eased pain in mice who, when deprived of it, had withdrawal symptoms
    May explain why we can’t resist sunbathing – despite the skin cancer risk

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/hea…..eroin.html
    Ban sunbathing! It’s more addictive than heroin and it causes cancer!

    1. I buy this. I fucking love sitting out in the sun. It’s fantastic.

      1. I fucking hate it. Gives me headaches and burning skin.

        Study FAIL.

        1. Look, Micks aren’t human so they don’t count as part of the study anyway.

    2. Don’t give them any ideas.

      Actually, what am I talking about. I’d bet 100 dogecoin that there’s a state legislator right now writing up that very bill.

      1. I’d bet 100 dogecoin

        So that is like .005 cents right?

    3. I know sunbathing causes pleasurable feelings for me.

      No, not me sunbathing but college coeds doing so absolutely makes me feel better

    4. The sun gives me a headache…and after my whole body aches like i have the flu for a whole day.

    5. I just found my victim status. I am completely devoid of melanin. The sun is “othering” me. Where’s my money and social security disability check?

  6. The Bolton Doctrine demands that we invade Russia NOW.

  7. Joe Biden has spoken.

    Things are going to get exponentially worse.

  8. The thought of Jostlin’ Joe threatening anyone is priceless. Man I hope Obama gets impeached (for many reasons) just so we can have Joe as President. It’ll be Matt and Trey’s That’s My Bush!, but in real life.

    1. +1 guard bear

  9. Sunbathing produces feel-good endorphins

    No shit, Sherlock.

  10. The good news is that Ukraine’s forces are winning. They are taking back the border at an accelerating pace.

  11. Vice President Joe Biden today weighed in on the situation.

    A sentence that is always followed by a good laugh.

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