Another media provocation: Russian news agencies come up with reasons to ask for a Russian invasion and ways to further aggravate the situation even during Easter.
Yuriy Butusov, editor of censor.net, wrote this in Facebook:
“I was about to go to church, and then… (they will not settle down even on such a day…) A media provocation – the Russian news agencies keep coming up with reasons to ask for a Russian invasion and ways to further aggravate the situation even during Easter. “Four people were taken to hospital after a shootout at a checkpoint in Sloviansk, a doctor of a central city hospital told RIA Novosti. On Sunday morning, one of the leaders of the people’s self-defense of Sloviansk told RIA Novosti that during the night a shootout killed three residents at a checkpoint.” In turn, TV channel Rossiya 24, referring to its own correspondent, reported that two of the attackers were also killed. Moreover, the correspondent of Rossiya 24 informs, “two cars were captured, in which the symbolics of the Right Sector were found, together with a large number of weapons that are not used in the service of the Ukrainian Army.”
1. 2,000 arms were distributed in the last week among the unknown number of men who took over the city, its offices, and so on. To speak of Ukrainian right extremists is at least problematic without an in-depth investigation.
2. There are shootings in the city every day. Right now, the city has no police on duty and no other government to control the situation. The local residents do not go outside after darkness.
3. Local residents report that, indeed, there was a shooting in one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods of the city and that it was a standoff of two criminal gangs. Based on varying reports, 6 or even 10-12 people were delivered to hospitals for emergency treatment, but many of them refused hospitalization and left. Local sources argue that some of them were “little green men” and gangsters.
4. Based on the fact that Russian media had reporters immediately at the scene, it is not too far of a stretch to assume that this could have been a staged shooting to incite fear and panic, and to show that there is chaos in the region as to justify a possible Russian invasion. [Editors note: The first source to report on this was the notorious Dmitriy Kiselev, famous for his manipulation of facts and warmongering propaganda on Russian TV.] Or just to upset the holiday for us.”