Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov made a troubling admission today.
"I would like to say frankly that at the moment the security structures are unable to swiftly take the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions back under control," he said during a meeting with regional governors.
He admitted security personnel "tasked with the protection of citizens" were "helpless".
"More than that, some of these units either aid or co-operate with terrorist groups," he said.
Mr Turchynov added: "Our task is to stop the spread of the terrorist threat first of all in the Kharkiv and Odessa regions."I don't like how he uses the word "terrorist", when the word "separatists" seems more appropriate.
Ukraine's military forces have been put on full alert in case of a Russian invasion, but that seems like a secondary concern at the moment. If your security forces are "helpless" and even aiding the separatist forces, then that has to be your primary concern.
Pro-Russian forces are currently holding 40 hostages, many of them Ukrainian security forces.
In the meantime, the Donetsk region is moving to break away from Ukraine.
The eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk will not vote in the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine if the majority of residents support independence in a referendum two weeks earlier, a protest leader said Wednesday.It seems more than likely that Moscow is giving some level of support and direction to the separatists, although how much is hard to say.
“We have no plans to take part in our neighbor’s election,” said Denis Pushilin, a leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.
In a related note, the IMF has announced that Ukraine is currently in recession. This is happening at the same time that IMF-imposed austerity kicks in.
Ukraine's debt for Russian natural gas is now $3.492 billion.