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Spetsnaz! Lenin would be pleased.
Those events in Ukraine transpiring almost exactly was the case during the Red October of 1918.
As was reported by the NEWS HOUR this evening. Strategy Page also with a more detailed analysis of the situation from the military standpoint.
A clear and consistent pattern has emerged and is understood first from events in Crimea and now in the eastern part of Ukraine, where the Russian speaking population is in the majority.
The model of a Soviet style uprising, that small but dedicated and inspired band of revolutionaries occupying key governmental and civilian installations, fomenting rebellion most successfully.
Insurgents as have been noted and observed consisting of:
* First a small group of Russian speaking and professional military men, no more than twenty in number, but heavily armed, wearing standard but unmarked uniforms with battle kit. These are the MASKED MEN! Those professional military men NOT locals, presumably citizens of Russia. Troops more than likely also Russian Spetsnaz. Special operations, ranger/commander type units and forces acting under the command of Russian military intelligence [GRU].
* A second similarly attired and armed contingent of LOCALS numbering about fifty or so personnel. Probably NOT professional military men.
* A third group of men armed but not dressed in uniform, this group about five hundred LOCALS obviously not professional military men having the appearance of a spontaneous and not rehearsed reaction to events.
A provisional government favorable to the Russian Federation subsequently declaring itself, calling for sham and rigged elections, partition, annexation and a fait accompli the result, opposition quashed and silenced.
Soviet style insurrection NOT REQUIRING A LONG AND PROTRACTED CAMPAIGN BY A LARGE ARMY OF ADHERENTS. THE SMALL BUT HIGHLY COMPETENT MILITARY FORCE ABLE TO ACHIEVE RESULTS QUICKER AND WITH A MINIMUM OF DISRUPTION.
Then, when in power, use brute force to maintain yourself in power. Steamroll all that oppose you, and that is that!