“The ruthlessness of the policies the imperialist powers are pursuing in Ukraine was highlighted by the leak of a document purporting to be a report of the US intelligence-linked RAND Corporation offering policy proposals to the Kiev regime,” reported the World Socialist Web Site on July 7, 2014. 
The alleged RAND Corporation document “provides three stages for the conduct of a military operation in eastern Ukraine,” reported Global Research News :
- Total isolation of the region; all local citizens presumed to be terrorists or sympathizers;
- “Mop-up”: This includes air strikes and the use of non-conventional arms;
- “Back to normal”: Borders strengthened; refugees placed in internment camps and screened before being released.
More specifically the phase one dictates: “The Region should be encircled with troops and sealed off entirely from any flow of goods and persons. Broadcasting services, Internet connection, telephone and mobile communications in the region shall be shut down.” 
“Broadcasting” (news) services are to be shut down in phase one of the purported RAND Corporation memo involving tactics in eastern Ukraine. To implement phase one, it would be necessary for reporters to be intimidated, bullied, terrorized, and even killed by forces of the Kiev so-called government. That way, a curtain would be drawn around eastern Ukraine, shutting it off from the eyes and ears of the world.
The above puts into context the abductions and killings of reporters in eastern Ukraine. There may be a definite policy intended to frighten away news coverage, thereby turning the lights out for worldwide witnessing of what is to happen in the phase two “mop up”.
In this regard, the latest news regarding two news personnel, one from CNN and one from Russia, is significant. CNN has called for the release of a local producer, Anton Skiba, who worked with CNN’s crew in eastern Ukraine, who they claim has been abducted by anti-Kiev militants. And Graham Phillips, a contributor to the Russia Today network, has been abducted by the Ukrainian army and tortured and beaten, according to Vadim Aksyonov, a cameraman for ANNA news agency. 
First they came for the reporters, but I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t a reporter…
Meanwhile, back in Kiev, home of the “glorious revolution” of February 2014, all is not well. Arseniy Yatseniuk, nicknamed “Yats” by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, resigned his post of Prime Minister on July 24, 2014.  In early February 2014, Victoria Nuland, in a leaked phone conversation with the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, was famously (or infamously) heard to say, “F**k the E.U.” Nuland also said, in the leaked phone conversation, “I think Yats is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience.” And Lo! As if Kiev bowed to Nuland’s wishes, “Yats” (Arseniy Yatseniuk) became Prime Minister! (Further background: Ukraine Is April Fool?, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of April 10, 2014.)
But now “Yats”, apparently not happy with the job Nuland gave him, has quit! It remains to be seen whether Victoria Nuland can twist the arm of the so-called government in Kiev and install either “Yats” or someone else of her liking as the next Prime Minister.
——- Sources ——-
 “US-backed regime retakes Slavyansk, threatens bloodbath in eastern Ukraine”, by Alex Lantier. World Socialist Web Site, July 7, 2014. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/07/ukra-j07.html
 “President Poroshenko Uses RAND Corporation ‘Action Plan’ for Eastern Ukraine including Ground Assaults and Air Strikes”, by Global Research News. July 4, 2014
 “Journalist captured in E. Ukraine released, RT stringer remains in detention”, Russia Today, July 24, 2014. http://on.rt.com/nkgx64
 “Ukraine’s PM resigns amid deadly rebellion complicating MH17 probe”, by Dario Thuburn with Hui Min Neo in Kiev. AFP, July 24, 2014.