In the early hours of the thirtieth of April, a fleet belonging to Nulli Secunda Alliance deployed Sovereignty Blockade Units in the R3-K7K system, Providence region.
The fleet, comprising some seventy pilots, mainly in Harbinger class Battlecruisers with Logistic support and assorted Strategic class Cruisers, entered the R3-K7K system around 1:00 EVE Standard Time and deployed the Sovereignty Blockade Units. Providence Bloc forces which were assembled at the time in an eighty pilot strong Naga class Battlecruiser fleet with Logistic support quickly responded to the threat and moved to engage the Nulli Secunda force.
A battle developed with Providence Bloc forces taking heavy losses but incurring some losses in return for the Nulli Secunda side as well. In the end, however, Nulli Secunda managed to hold the field, allowing it to finish deploying the Sovereignty Blockade Units and force both the Infrastructure Hub and the Station in the system into reinforced mode.
This will mark the third time the Providence Bloc will be facing a defensive sovereignty war in the last year, with the first being the Northern Catch Pocket dispute between Against ALL Authorities Alliance and Providence Bloc. That war resulted in a loss for the Providence Bloc, as the ERVK-P system fell into the hands of Darkness of Despair Alliance, an ally of Against ALL Authorities at the time.
The second war was between the Providence Bloc and Insidious Empire Alliance, with the 9UY4-H system, Providence region, a major crossroad, being contested. Ultimately the system was saved and Insidious Empire forces retreated.
Whether this is mainly an attempt to illicit fights from the Providence Bloc or a precursor to a full scale invasion is still unclear at this point, but prudent pilots have already started evacuating non-essential ships and modules. Though at the time it seems that Nulli Secunda is operating independently, both Pandemic Legion and Northern Coalition(dot) Alliances have been known to operate in the neighboring regions of Catch and Curse, and have been observed moving both Titans and Mothership class ships around Low Security Space near the Providence region.
Until further notice, a full scale mobilization of the Coalition is in effect, with Call to Arms planned and announced to defend the region. The EVE Scribe will continue to update you as the situation unfolds.