Ukraine’s military push eastward stalls as militants seize armored vehicles

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Atlantic Council in March 2014 (Image credit: ImageLink/Dennis Kan/Atlantic Council/Flickr)

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Atlantic Council in March 2014 (Image credit: ImageLink/Dennis Kan/Atlantic Council/Flickr)

The effort of the Ukrainian military to recapture towns taken over by pro-Russian separatists has hit major setbacks as militants seized a column of armored vehicles and another was forced to stop when blocked by unarmed protesters, according to a report.

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Ukrainian news sources reported that six armored personnel carriers were seized by militias and driven to the central square of Slovyansk. However, it should be noted that reports coming out of these regions of Ukraine can vary greatly and contradictory reports are hardly unusual, as seen yesterday.

The New York Times noted that these quite significant setbacks “appeared to reflect new indecision and dysfunction by interim authorities in Kiev.”

The defeat has much larger significance than just the control of a few armored vehicles. Indeed, Reuters said the seizure and flying of the Russian flag “humiliat[ed] …read more