This is Ukraine today – August 30

Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!

War, not the expected peace arrived at the doorstep of Great Britain and France when they gave up Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938. War is happening right here at home and not in faraway Europe – the United States were harshly reminded about this at Pearl Harbor in 1942. War descended on Ukraine and thus is now much closer to Paris and Berlin, because Europe and the US haven’t supported Georgia in 2008. War showed up in the homes of Dutch, British, French, German, Australian families because Europe and the US weren’t courageous enough to lend a helping hand to Ukraine in 2014. It is impossible to run away from war and overwhelming aggression, it is impossible to buy yourself off. The war will catch up with you if you don’t stand up to it with utmost determination.

August 30 – Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius has said that the French government has the evidence of Russian troops invading Ukraine (France 24)

August 30 – On August 29, the Russian army shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft Su-25 using an air-defense system. The pilot ejected himself from the aircraft.

August 30 – Relatives of Russian soldiers claim that approximately 200 soldiers, who are located in Rostov region, are being forced to sign a contract to fight in Ukraine (Russian TV channel “Dozhd”).

August 30 – After they were surrounded by Russian troops, Ukrainian troops near Ilovaisk have begun to break through the entrapment. Ukrainian units have suffered significant personnel losses.

August 30 – Carl Bildt: Very little doubt now that Russia will use also its regular armed forces to try to carve out a Novorossyia semi-state from Ukraine. Second day of informal EU Foreign Ministers meeting here in Milano”. The discussions are dominated by situation in Ukraine and Russia.

August 30 – The Russian army is employing more and more new weapons against Ukrainians. Today “the Russians have used guided anti-tank missiles against our troops”, – informs ATOD press-center.

August 30 – The European Council (EU summit) must make a political decision about a new phase of sanctions at its meeting on August 30, – stated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Brussels at a joint press conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

August 30 – “Ukraine is able to protect itself, and we do not expect that the soldiers of other countries will fight for us here”, -said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. He also explained that he expects military-technical assistance, particularly in the form of intelligence sharing.

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Taras Voznyak

Culture expert, political scientist, editor-in-chief and founder of Independent Cultural Journal "Ї", Co-founder and Head of the Board of Directors of Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), Member of the Board of Directors of International Renaissance Foundation, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Center of International PEN-Club
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