Ukraine accused Russia of a “direct invasion” on Friday as a convoy of more than 200 aid trucks crossed onto its soil without consent and made its way towards a rebel-held city.
Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, said the Russian trucks had entered his country without checks by customs officials or border guards, in a “flagrant violation of international law”
Pentagon Demands Russia Remove Convoy “Immediately” As NYT Reports Russians Firing Artillery In Ukraine
The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, New York Times reported, citing NATO officials. The Russian move, NYTimes reports, represents a significant escalation of the Kremlin’s involvement in the fighting there and comes as a convoy of Russian trucks with humanitarian provisions has crossed into Ukrainian territory without Kiev’s permission. The US is now getting involved, as WSJ reports,
– Pentagon calls on Russia to ‘Remove Vehicles Immediately’ From Ukraine
– Kirby says “very concerned” by Russian convoy in Ukraine.
And NATO is condemning Russia too:
NATO’s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, criticized the Russian moves in a statement issued in Brussels on Friday.
“I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross,” Mr. Rasmussen’s statement said.
European leaders don’t seem to be saying much.
Russian ‘aggression’ is always being denounced in the media these days. But the way I see it, it’s been the EU’s expansion eastward that is the real cause of this crisis, and Russia is just trying to preserve its historic sphere of influence.
Still in Russia, there doesn’t seem to be very good compliance with their new smoking ban.
17% of respondents – they continue to “smoke” everywhere and, if necessary, pay for it fines.
But the key observation staff to analyze these figures: the younger generation of Britons far more aggressively opposed to smoking bans than their fathers and grandfathers. It is also more intelligently, very familiar with the falsification of the facts about the harm of passive (and active) smoking, well-versed in the particulars available on the Internet on this topic, including specialized medical.
I didn’t know that. But then I have almost zero contact with young people.
Yet it’s them who are going to have to live their whole lives under these obscene laws, if they aren’t repealed. I was lucky: I’d reached the age of 60 before they were introduced, so lived most of my life in freedom. Perhaps I shouldn’t be too surprised if they’re more aggressively opposed to smoking bans than their elders. After all, they’ve got a lot more to lose, and they’ve also been brainwashed for a much shorter period than the rest of us.
Aside from that, I’m impressed by the speed at which ordinary Russians put together a resistance movement with multiple websites before their ban was enacted. In the UK, it took me about a year from after the ban was in place before I even found F2C.
In other news, H/T Smokervoter for this article about the CDC proposing workplace smoking bans over the entire USA, indoor or outdoor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking to ban all tobacco use at every work place in the country, including businesses that operate primarily outdoors.
I’ll leave it to my American friends to explain whether or not they can do that.