On August 14, 2014 two British newspapers, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, reported sighting a column of Russian military vehicles crossing into Ukraine. Shaun Walker of the Guardian reported seeing a column of 23 armored personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates. 
“Aha! It is the ‘Trojan Horse’, disguised by the Putin humanitarian convoy!” many quickly decided.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that “much of the armoured vehicles which entered Ukraine have been destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery.” 
“What is extraordinary in all of this is the fact that, to date, not a single piece of evidence proving the existence of a military convoy has been produced—let alone evidence of its destruction.” 
Ersjdamoo’s Blog has surmised that Shaun Walker had actually encountered a folkloric figure, “Big Ivan and Phantom 309.” Like “vanishing hitchhiker” stories, from time to time local inhabitants will claim to have seen the ghostly Big Ivan and his APC. (Further background: Putin’s Convoy and the Phantom APCs, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of August 18, 2014.)
In the context of Putin’s convoy and propaganda wars over the Ukraine crisis, lost has been widespread news of actor Steven Seagal’s appearance in the drama. On the weekend of August 9-10, 2014, the martial arts expert and star of such films as Under Siege (1992) and Above the Law (1988) played a concert in the Crimean peninsula, appearing on a stage adorned with the flag of pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine. In a March 2014 interview with a Russian newspaper, Seagal was quoted as saying that President Vladimir Putin’s desire to protect Russians in Crimea was completely reasonable. 
Steven Seagal, as it turns out, is a good friend of Vladimir Putin. The two share a common interest in the martial arts.
Reportedly, the U.S. State Department has become “concerned” about Steven Seagal’s frequent trips to Russia. Also on the State Department’s “concerned” list is actor Mickey Rourke, star of such movies as Angel Heart (1987), Barfly (1987), and The Wrestler (2008). Mickey Rourke had reportedly worn a t-shirt with the image of the Russian president and had openly declared his admiration of Putin as a politician. 
“After such revelations, Washington apparently decided that it was time to do with the ideological education of Hollywood stars. It transpired that the actors started receiving calls with a requirement not to publicly express their sympathy for Russia.” 
“Furthermore, the State Department promised to keep track on how American companies comply with anti-Russian sanctions. Marie Harf said that the US authorities generally trust business, but they would still keep an eye on potential troublemakers.” 
Around November 2013, Steven Seagal had been interviewed by Oksana Boyko of the Russia Today network. Among other things, Seagal accused the CNN Network of being “bought and paid for.”
The free thoughts of Steven Seagal and Mickey Rourke are clearly not in line with the recent State Department/Mainstream media bombardment of anti-Putin/anti-Russian propaganda. But where is “freedom” when the federal government exerts pressure to prevent people from speaking their minds?
——- Sources ——-
 “Still no evidence of Russia’s alleged military incursion into Ukraine”, by Chris Marsden. World Socialist Web Site, August 19, 2014. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/guar-a19.html
 “Steven Seagal plays at concert for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine”, Guardian (UK), August 10, 2014
 “America loses and denounces itself in an anti-Russian frenzy”, Pravda, August 18, 2014. http://english.pravda.ru/society/showbiz/18-08-2014/128300-america_anti_russian_frenzy-0/