Russian President Vladimir Putin's stealth war of attrition may be paying off. As evidence mounts that pro-Russian separatists are being supplied with new weapons from across the border, some Ukrainian soldiers are now refusing to fight.
In Novoazovsk, a Ukrainian unit staring down tanks, artillery and infantry personnel responded to shelling by sitting down, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
"Anybody who refuses to fight, sit apart from the others," a commander from the 9th Brigade from Vinnytsiaordered, The Times reported. Eleven men obliged.
"Some troops were in a full, chaotic retreat: A city-busload of them careened past on the highway headed west, purple curtains flapping through windows shot out by gunfire," The Times said.
Editor's note: An earlier report from Reuters that we ran incorrectly characterized Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's reasoning for canceling his trip to Turkey. He did not call the situation in Donetsk an "invasion" by Russian troops. The full presidential statement is linked to this note. - Aaron
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DONETSK, DONETSK OBLAST, UA
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cancels working visit to Turkey due to deteriorating situation in Donetsk region - Interfax via @KyivPost
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European shares accelerate losses as investors digest events in Ukraine and consider monetary easing from European Central Bank - @CNBCWorld
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