The U.S. military’s top commander in Europe spoke of Russians training pro-Russian separatists from Ukraine at the Pentagon last month. “What we see in training on the east side of the border is big equipment, tanks, APCs [armored personnel carriers], anti-aircraft capability,” Air Force General Philip Breedlove said, referring to the Russian side of the Russian-Ukrainian border. “And now we see those capabilities being used on the west side of the border”—inside Ukraine.
“Anti-aircraft capability”? Did that mean that Russian separatists inside eastern Ukraine had shot down a Ukrainian helicopter a week earlier, killing nine?
“It’s a very good likelihood,” Breedlove responded, “but we haven’t tied the string directly together yet.”
There’s also no hard proof yet that Russian separatists inside eastern Ukraine downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. But there is a very good likelihood.
Russian and Ukrainian forces also have the kind of…
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