MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) – The situation in Ukraine’s southeast border town of Novoazovsk is calm and there are no signs of Russian military forces, according to CNN.
For a town at the epicenter of what Kiev calls a direct military invasion on the part of Russia, “Novoazovsk could not feel more peaceful,” the CNN reported Saturday.
There are no signs of “marauding” Russian Army in the town, with locals being much more concerned with the Ukrainian military, according to CNN reporter.
“I heard rumors about some Russian tanks but no one could prove them either way. I’m more scared of the Ukrainian Army anyway. They come through here on motorbikes, with guns. Sometimes they are drunk,” a local resident said.
The militia forces seized the town from the Ukrainian forces on Wednesday and want to take Mariupol, a major port on the Sea of Azov.
“It’s a question of training, and my men are better trained than the Ukrainian forces,” an independence forces commander told CNN, underlining that the tanks the militia have been using are spoils of war and not Russia-issued.
Since April, Ukrainian authorities have been conducting a military operation against the independence supporters in eastern Ukraine who refused to recognize the legitimacy of new Ukrainian government.
The West has repeatedly accused Russia of building up forces on its border with eastern Ukraine and supplying independence supporters with weapons, a claim Moscow has rejected.