April 8, 2014 12:01 pm -

Russia is telling Ukraine that if they amass troops in the East they could provoke a “civil war.” But if they’re not the same country, how can it be a civil war? An invasion would be more like it.

Pro-Russia protesters [pictured] in recent days have occupied local government buildings in three eastern regional capitals, calling for Russian peacekeeping forces to be sent in and scheduling a referendum for at least one of the regions to secede to Russia.

In a statement posted on its website, Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged Kiev to “immediately stop military preparations” and noted as “particularly alarming” the presence of “American” mercenaries and Ukrainian ultranationalist militants from the Right Sector group, which was implicated in violence in the Kiev protests.

Russia’s warning comes a day after Daniel Baer — U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a security alliance that comprises nearly all European states — told reporters after an emergency meeting that Russia had amassed “tens of thousands of forces on the border,” Reuters reported.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.