Tortured Bodies Put Ukraine Back on Warpath
President orders new round of 'anti-terror' ops
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2014 5:30 AM CDT
Updated Apr 23, 2014 7:50 AM CDT
Reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a pro-Russia gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk last week.   (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

(Newser) – Tensions in Ukraine are rising dangerously again despite last week's diplomatic agreement: The country's acting president has ordered security forces to resume "anti-terror" operations against pro-Russia militants in the country's east after the tortured bodies of two people allegedly abducted by insurgents were found in the city of Slovyansk, the AP reports. The militants "are beginning to torture and kill Ukrainian patriots," said Oleksandr Turchynov. "They are impudently rejecting the calls of not only our country but of all the world's society when they demonstratively mock the decisions taken in Geneva." One of the victims, he said, was a member of the city council in Slovyansk and a member of his own party. More:

  • The Ukrainian government appears emboldened by Joe Biden's visit yesterday, Reuters notes. "We have obtained the support of the United States, that they will not leave us alone with an aggressor," the deputy prime minister said when announcing the "liquidation of illegal armed groups" in the east. "We hope that in the event of Russian aggression, this help will be more substantive."
  • Slovyansk is emerging as a major flashpoint: Ukrainian defense officials say one of their planes was shot at during a flight over the city. The Antonov-30 was hit by several bullets but landed safely.
  • The Pentagon says it is sending hundreds of extra troops to Eastern Europe to reassure allies as the Ukrainian crisis heats up. Companies with around 150 troops are being sent to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, with the first troops set to arrive today, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Apr 23, 2014 7:29 PM CDT
Anyone who are still confused about the situation in Ukraine ask yourself this simple question. Out of 4 parties involved who would benefit the most from conflict, fragmentation and/or civil war in Ukraine? Besides Ukraine who will lose the most?
Apr 23, 2014 3:13 PM CDT
Sounds fake... Why would"pro Russian" forces tortured? To make everyone even more crazy and get at them even harder?! Usually it is the existing regime role to do something like that when there is trouble and unrest in the country.
Apr 23, 2014 2:11 PM CDT
And Biden warns Russia to stop supporting “men hiding behind masks”. As opposed to the “freedom fighters” in Tunisia who wore balaclavas? As opposed to “seekers on liberty” in Egypt who wore keffiyehs over their faces? As opposed to insurgents in Libya, supported with American money and arms, who fought with masks on? As opposed to insurgents in Syria, maintained by American weapons and money, fighting their government while wearing balaclavas? As opposed, say, to U.S. troops or even police on SWAT teams, many of whom wear balaclavas? Note the, unannounced, utilization of a common tactic of the liar. Pro Russian separatists are described as “torturing” individuals then killing them. Blame “the enemy” for atrocities, even if you have to manufacture them yourself, playbup every fault and pimple of “the enemy” you can find, make certain never to admit the abomination “our side” engages in, then leave it to the target audience of the morons and imbeciles to believe that what they hear from the “news” is real and what the “news” refuses to mention never occurred.