Pro-Russian militants with the Novorossiya) flag in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

The Voice of America’s Moscow Bureau seems to be anticipating some rough times, especially in rural areas.

The VOA is looking for someone to provide a “Heavy Duty Vehicle for VOA Moscow Correspondent Bureau,” according to a solicitation listed in Fed Biz Opps last week.

The solicitation seemed fairly innocuous at first. They want you to “include trade in of current vehicle, 2001 Jeep, against the purchase price of a new vehicle.” (Pretty standard stuff.) They note the Jeep’s in “poor” condition.

And they’re looking for a vehicle with “intelligent all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Advance Trac, including a system to prevent tipping (RSC), Hill-start assist uphill (HSA),” plus power steering and air conditioning and such.

Hmm. Moscow can get hot in the summer, but you really don’t need air conditioning. And there’s the city’s famous Seven Hills, but they’re not huge. So maybe they’re thinking of trouble further south in more mountainous terrain? Maybe garden spots like Dagestan or Ingushetia or back to Chechnya?

We thought perhaps we were overreacting, but then there’s this:

(vi) Vehicle must withstand riot situations or crashes and have the ability to get into, and out of difficult physical situations in rural areas.

Uh-oh. Sounds like they have some inside info on Putin’s real plans for Novorossiya. Is Donetsk hilly?