6:09 PM EASTERN U.S. TIME ON 31 MARCH 2021 — Numerous reports are beginning to come in claiming “Very large numbers” of Ukrainian Army Troops are now on the move toward the border of breakaway states Luhansk and Donetsk, collectively referred to as “The Donbas.”
One source explicitly stated it appeared to him to be 35,000 troops and 300 tanks.
Earlier this afternoon, scattered reports came in claiming there was gunfire heard along the line of contact.
Within the past hour, other reports started claiming “Heavy gunfire” along those same areas.
Updates WILL APPEAR BELOW AS WE GET THE INFO.
UPDATE 6:32 PM EDT —
As of today, the situation in Ukraine looks like this on the map below:
UPDATE 7:12 PM EDT —
Ukrainians have begun to set up minefields on the outskirts of the city of
Ukrainians began to set up minefields on the outskirts of the city of Popasnaya, which is under the control of Kiev on the Donbas contact line. The scalable map below lets you see the area, zooming in or out as you desire to understand the scope and locations:
This was announced by the spokesman of Luhansk, who revealed that the Ukrainians have placed at least 100 mines in the area.
“We have information that the Ukrainians are very active on the eastern outskirts of this city where they have deployed about 100 TM-62 anti-tank mines,” he said.
“We have asked the Ukrainians to report the minefields to the OSCE. We told them not to place mines near residential areas.”
This is Hal Turner from his show today giving a fair-enough background to the history of the conflict over Ukraine that has been foisted on the region by NATO, the US and the West. What he says seems to be accurate enough to be taken seriously – more seriously than the silence and propaganda of the western media.
Russia sending 56th Airborne Brigade to Crimea
The ceasefire agreement in Eastern Ukraine between Russian forces and government forces expired today, March 31, 2021. Earlier, at a meeting between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine asked Russia to extend the cease fire and to guarantee it beyond April 1. Russia said “no.”
Tonight we can confirm that Russia is sending the 56th Airborne Brigade to Crimea as part of an unprecedented military mobilization amid the ongoing crisis with Ukraine, which has been escalating dangerously in recent days, with heavy exchanges of heavy weapons taking place in recent hours.
The movements of forces in the area may be frequent and recorded this time, but this is not the movement of a random military group.
The Russian Select Brigade moving to Theodosia, Crimea is one of the most experienced and ruthless formations of the Russian Army with an emphasis on offensive moves rather than defensive struggle.
The unit played a leading role both in the war in Afghanistan and in the two raging wars in Chechnya, where the ferocity of the fighting can only be compared to the great patriotic war, as it is called in Russia.
More specifically, the 56th Brigade fought in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1988, While in 1985 it was awarded the First Class Order of the “Patriotic War” in the first war in Chechnya between 1994 and 1996 and in the second war by from 1999 to 2004. It is the only unit of the Russian Army after the war with hundreds of dead, but also the one that victoriously “sealed” the war in Chechnya.
It is therefore a formation that has been forged through constant fighting and has by nature a clear offensive orientation.
This unit is now being sent to the Crimea by the Russian General Staff, in consultation with Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, with all that that may entail.
Intel reports have been coming in all day and the following is of note:
19:14 UTC – Heavy Gunfire is being reported on the Frontlines of Donbass between the Ukrainian Military & Russian Separatists.
19:17 UTC – Meanwhile Russia has turned down the offer to secure a truce in Donbass from April 1
19:35 UTC – Mortar fire reported on the outskirts of Donbass
This is the message Russia sent to the West a few days ago. They mean busness.