Pro-Russian Rebels Make Big Gains In Ukraine

Ukraine town hit by Rebel Shells

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Heavy shelling hit a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the third day of an assault that has forced government troops to spread their ranks thinner along the Russian border. Ukraine claimed the shelling was coming both from pro-Russian separatists and from Russia itself.
A meeting between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday seeking a solution to the conflict appears to have made little impact on the ground.
More than 20 shells were fired in one hour Wednesday at the government-held town of Novoazovsk. Plumes of black smoke rose above the town, which was also hit repeatedly by shelling Tuesday that damaged a hospital and wounded four people inside, mayor Oleg Sidorkin said.
The resort town lies on the Azov Sea on a road running from Russia to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol and west to Crimea. That has raised fears the separatists are seeking to create a land link between Russia and Crimea, which Russia annexed in March. If so, that could also give the rebels or Russia control over the entire Azov Sea and any oil or mineral riches it contains.
Government forces in Novoazovsk told an AP reporter the town remained under their control but warned they were expecting further attacks.
 My view:

Despite western media report of the Ukraine army "having the rebels surrounded", it appears that the rebels have the upper hand.  Eastern Ukraine, which is predominantly Russian speaking, does seem to be heading down a path of re-unification with Russia.  The ports on the Black Sea are key strategic assets for Russia.  A land bridge to Crimea would make sense from both a military and economic view.

It seems that CIA agitation in Kiev in the over the past two years has backfired.  The current president of Ukraine is rapidly losing credibility with ridiculous propaganda like statements, and complete obstinance regarding negotiations with the rebel groups.  This is the most significant conflict in Europe in 20 years.