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  •  There is plenty of evidence that these people (10+ / 0-)

    are Russian soldiers. But it's difficult to NYT reporters to get access to them (for obvious reasons) and photo evidence is pretty weak.

    •  The guys without masks actually are a motley (9+ / 0-)

      collection of Russian and Crimean Cossacks with some Ukrainian pro-Russian nationalists sprinkled in between, and with some having Russian Neo-Nazi connections.

      It's the masked guys in the old Spetznaz uniforms who are likely to be the actual Spetznaz operatives and they will never take off the masks in public.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 11:25:34 AM PDT

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    •  A link about the mercenary/Cossack (5+ / 0-)

      crew running around without masks:

      Insurgents Identified: The Green Men of VKontakte

      by Mat Babiak - tagged: Cossacks, Donetsk, Military, Separatism, Sloviansk

      Ukrainian intelligence produced and presented a dossier of photographs to the OSCE last week. The images, and official accusations, point to Russian “sabotage-reconnaissance groups” being involved in the recent armed insurgency in eastern Ukraine – Donetsk region specifically. According to a New York Times article, the photos and their descriptions were “endorsed by the Obama administration,” but who are these men? With the power of crowdsourcing, but mostly with the power of social networking and public profiles, the identities of a series of Russian insurgents in Donetsk have been uncovered. Men have been comparing the size of their guns since the invention of gunpowder, and thankfully these few decided to flaunt just that. Publicly. On the internet.

      ‘Terek Wolf Company’ insignia seen on several militants

      From the identified militants, a few notes can be made from the following gunmen who appear to be connected to the raids in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. For one, not all are from Russia. While some may be local radicals, others appear to come from Belorechensk in Russia, or have connections to related neo-Cossack groups. This does not necessarily exonerate Russian state involvement, however. While it’s been known that military veterans and Russian ‘tourists’ have been actively involved for some time, the presence of Registered Cossacks of the Russian Federation connects Russia officially to the ongoing crisis. Registered Cossack organizations enjoy financial and organizational support from the authorities, including monthly salary as police auxiliaries. This, of course, isn’t the first controversial deployment of Cossack forces, who made a name for themselves on the world stage enforcing the law in Sochi.

      There's a really interesting video posted in the comments section that shows one of them in a confrontation... a really "wonderful" character.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 11:45:48 AM PDT

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    •  Evidence only you have access to (0+ / 0-)

      How convenient. Maybe you and Timeaus should publish all your special secret knowledge in a huge tome of arcane 'knowledge'.

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