On July 8th ridiculous reports from Russian news agencies came in that the rebels had captured a SU-25 from the Ukrainian air-force.
SelfDfce forces in SE.Ukr seized weapons &a Su-25 assault plane from the army. #LPR Dfce Minister says
— PaulaSlier_RT (@PaulaSlier_RT) July 8, 2014
#Luhansk (pro) RU cmdr says they have a SU-25 jet. Overall, they seem to be upbeat about new Russian mil hardware & apparently RU commandosThey don't even have an airfield...
— Ukraine Reporter (@StateOfUkraine) July 11, 2014
But we have seen this before. When the first three Russian tanks crossed the border into Ukraine (see this blog) on June 12th, three days earlier similar false reports appeared that the rebels had captured three tanks:
The (false) news article can still be found here.
So this only means one thing: Russia is going to extend it's operations in Ukraine with air-strikes. As always, they pretend to cover this up with some fake stories. Don't be mislead though. Russia is escalating the conflict and brings it to the next level.
Russian Air Force use disguise to Attack Ukraine! Kremlin LIES: "Su-25 seized from Ukrainian Air Force" ITAR TASS http://t.co/SwerAwF2hq
— GorseFires Collectif (@GorseFires) July 14, 2014
Pro-Russian rebels claim they have successfully attacked Ukrainian positions with a SU-25 jet http://t.co/KYtMaxKI9Q pic.twitter.com/av4n0I3nFa
— Olaf Koens (@obk) July 13, 2014
The Russian in #Ukraine claim to have *airstriked* 6 ukrainian's tank. Where do their SU-25 take off ? from highways in #donestk ?
— Pierre Jean Duvivier (@pjduvivier) July 14, 2014
ITAR-TASS reporting Pro-Rus communique: "Our Su-25 destroyed six Ukrainian tanks in a ground attack in #Luhansk area" http://t.co/fBbUf6WQC8There is a good chance that this '6 destroyed Ukrainian tanks'-story is not true. But this is to appease the international community. When they find out it is not true, they think: oh fortunately. But meanwhile they are getting used to the idea of airstrikes. So next time when it IS real... it seems already 'normal'.
— Giuseppe Stilo (@GiuseppeStilo3) July 14, 2014
This is the frog-in-the-pot style of heating things up...
UPDATE JULY 15th
Tymchuk reports on his facebook page that the Russian airforce attacked civilian targets in Shizhne:
@StateOfUkraine AIRSTRIKE BY RUSSIA IN SNIZHNE https://t.co/dDnsvqc23V
— Андрій (@AndrijUKR) July 15, 2014
Nat Sec & Def Council: An unknown plane hit #Snizhne with an air-strike, Ukrainian aviation hasn't been in up the air since July 14Shiznhne is here:
— Myroslava Petsa (@myroslavapetsa) July 15, 2014
This is a video of the aftermath:
And another one: