To me this is just another farce, that can lead to serious consequences but a farce nonetheless, RS stepped over someone's else interests, since smuggling business is serious business in Ukraine, and now Kiev is trying to twist they arm into obedience.Khepesh wrote:Twenty pravy sektor went into Mukachevo, ten remain at large and will likely not be in Transcarpathia now but Lvov or Rivno. Against ten men is only an ATO in the sense that an operation against a few terrorists in Dagestan is technically an ATO. But here ATO is being used as a major military operation against not terrorists, but a rebellion. So, if this really is against ten men it is ridiculous, if not, then it could be a repressive operation to stop a rebellion before it happens, a warning to any who are discontent with Kiev junta.
Look how different things are in Odessa were they're trying to reorganise the smuggling business via a face lift since they know the regions is "susceptible to separatism" Misha dixit.
Zakarpattia is a different political animal, nationalism is high there and they feel that Kiev has not done enough for their cause mainly because a big chunk of the population continue being dependent on smuggling to survive. RS or more precisely the local organisations that form RS are run like family businesses in the traditional mafiosi style. RS have driven many local caciques out of business because they were too greedy and that has assured them popular support because their racketeering practices have been welcomed as a lesser evil.
Hungary playing hardball handing out passports left and right does not help either since what once was seen as shortcut to EU today is becoming a serious political option in contradistinction to Kiev policies, obviously not to the extent we have seen in other regions but it's a start.
Kiev in a difficult position and if they unleash this ATO against locals they're going to feel the consequences one way or another. They failed to curb separatism and now they're failing to curb nationalism, the situation appears be worrisome enough for Kiev to intensify bombardment in the East and call for a telephonic conference among the Normandy quartet.