UPDATE 5 May 2015: Once again intensifying combat is reportedly raging in and around Slovyansk, and Ukrainian special civil police forces have been deployed to the southern city of Odessa. Another Ukrainian helicopter was shot down today, but the pilot survived the ordeal. There is also a report of Ukrainian paratroopers jumping into the the Slovyansk battle.
2 MAY 2014: On the start of the 5th day since Ukrainian military forces surrounded Slovyansk and a Russian effort to relieve the city did not materialize as expected, Ukraine launched a full-scale assault early this morning to take the city back from its Russian Spetsnaz and pro-Russian occupiers. Without question the Russian invasion of Ukraine has now entered a far more deadly and destructive phase; it may be only a matter of time at this point until direct full-scale conflict is joined between Russia and Ukraine across a broad front along their mutual border with the Battle of Slovyansk becoming the first contact of this expected war.
Russia has further compromised any possible alibi in this blatant invasion of sovereign Ukrainian territory as its Spetsnaz forces under the command of a GRU Colonel (details below) have met the Ukrainian offensive with top of the line MANPADS (man portable air defense) weapons being used to shoot down two Ukrainian assault helicopters killing a pilot of one and a crew member of another in this morning's first contact.
Mid-Day Update: The Ukrainian offensive in Slovyansk has apparently progressed from the many roadblocks on the outskirts into more urban areas of they city where the Spetznaz and their insurgent allies have taken to using homes and businesses as defensive positions. Some might refer to this tactic as using the general population of Slovyansk as human shields. This appears to have brought the Ukrainian forces to a quick-halt in their counter-insurgency operation as their commanders reassess options in pressing forward into the city center. The Ukrainian president reported many of the opposing forces have been killed or captured. Facing this onslaught Russia issued the even more bellicose threat of "catastrophic consequences" for the Ukrainian action on its own soil and then promptly called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council.
Ezekiel's Prophecy and Current Reality
To my knowledge no one has ever addressed or posed any level of inquiry about why Ezekiel's prophecy on the coming attempt that will be made to sweep down seize a peaceful and secure Israel is, according to the full extent of the text, tantamount to a "one and done" military expedition. Gog of Magog has the Divine khäkh (i.e. rings, hooks) placed in his jaws thereby drawing his massive but loose confederation of forces to their doom on the mountains and fields of Israel... and that is it, end of story, no further battles, and no prolonged campaign or continuation of war except for the massive amount of plague. blood, and an overflowing rain of hail, fire and brimstone sent by the Lord upon these invaders on that particular day.
This important prophetic detail may well have its basis in the current state of affairs of Russian military landwarfare forces, particularly since the collapse of the Soviet Union and its feared military machine 23 years ago and the steady deterioration of those forces ever since. Granted, some modest modernization and specific defense systems have continued in their progression, but the basic bulk of the Russian military that used to exist is exactly that - a thoroughly extinct beast. Russian landwarfare forces are capable of one or possibly two strategic strikes or lightning land campaigns as is being threatened in against eastern Ukraine, but that's all they've got. There is no prolonged warfighting capability in Russia due to an acute lack of any sustainment for a long-haul campaign such as would ensue if Vladimir Putin were stupid enough to take NATO on directly with an invasion of the Baltic states.
This is the great, but not-so-well-kept secret behind what is occurring at the present time in the continuing Russian aggression against Ukraine. At most the once mighty Russia has mustered perhaps 40 to 50 thousand troops whose task thus far has been to intimidate and parade their wares on Russian territory. All of the real combat operations have been undertaken by a newly modernized special operations force of perhaps 500 men based at Rostov-on-Don. These men are led by a GRU intelligence officer who operates under the nom de guerre of Igor Strelkov, but whose true identity is 44-year old Colonel Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin. These facts came to light in a recent Special Operations Forces Report (SOFREP) by a veteran Canadian trooper of 14 years, Jonathan Wade, who saw combat in Afghanistan.
The only thing keeping NATO from going full-tilt in halting Russian aggression is the existing Russian military doctrine which authorizes the immediate first use of weapons like the one in the image above - nuclear-armed strategic missile forces. You may recall I noted a Russian test launch of just such a weapon during the Crimean crisis. This is what Russia has as its trump card, and this is why NATO will only offer token resistance to Russian aggression against an indefensible Ukraine which is also ridden through and through by a 5th Column of pro-Russian Ukrainian traitors and turncoats. Should a major war be forced upon the parties in the Russia-Ukraine crisis, then the military sustainment shortcomings of the Russian forces would all but guarantee a first use of their strategic nuclear forces to "repulse armed aggression, if all other means of resolving the crisis have been exhausted," and "in case of a threat to the existence of the Russian Federation" which would occur in the event of a prolonged NATO versus Russian Federation war breaking out.
I think now we may now begin to more fully come to grips with one of the finer details of Ezekiel's inspired prophecy in chapters 38 and 39; why it will be a "one and done" military adventure for Gog of Magog and his entire military force. They have an appointment with the Lord on the mountains of Israel and not with NATO in Europe.