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Armed men seize Crimea parliament and hoist Russian flag
The Guardian ^ | 2-27-2014

Posted on 02/26/2014 11:56:31 PM PST by Crazieman

Armed men have seized the government buildings in the capital of the Ukraine’s Crimea region and hoisted a Russian flag over a barricade.

The men occupying the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, early on Thursday did not come out to voice any demands. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II. The men also put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia.”

They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions. Phone calls to region’s legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down.

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: armed; crimea; crimean; flag; hoist; men; parliament; putin; russia; russian; seize; ukraine; ukrainian; viktoryanukovich; war; yuliatymoshenko
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1 posted on 02/26/2014 11:56:31 PM PST by Crazieman
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To: Crazieman

Breaking news also reports that Russia warns against any interference with the Russians in Crimea and that the Russian Air Force is on alert. There is little doubt Putin wants to add a successful war to his accomplishments.

Will this be limited to the predominantly Russian areas of south and east Ukraine?


2 posted on 02/27/2014 12:23:44 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Crazieman

> They threw a flash grenade in response to a
journalist’s questions.

I’ve always wanted to do that.


3 posted on 02/27/2014 12:26:04 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: JimSEA

As predicted and it sure didn’t take long, either. Given the competition for resources and pipeline routes , plus the longstanding Russian defense concerns, watch this expand


4 posted on 02/27/2014 12:37:30 AM PST by faithhopecharity (" uri)
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To: JimSEA; Cap Huff

No... Vlad will seize the whole country....a replay of Georgia.


5 posted on 02/27/2014 1:12:15 AM PST by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Crazieman

Will Putin Seize Crimea?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3126684/posts


6 posted on 02/27/2014 1:14:22 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Crazieman

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov qualified his statement about non-interference by saying Russia would not interfere as long as the West observed the same rule. That still leaves Russia with plenty of wiggle room - Russia will decide what constitutes “non-interference.”

The events in Crimea combined with the Russian Armed Forces drill send to Kiev’s new government a message: do not test us.

In any case, the new rulers in Kiev rule over a deeply divided country and they lack legitimacy in half of it. Their rolling back Russian language rights at the best of Ukrainian nationalists was a disastrous mistake. Its only compounded fears among Russophones they in for bad times ahead because they backed Yanukovych.

Kiev is doing a great job of stirring up separatist sentiments without Moscow having to even meddle there.


7 posted on 02/27/2014 1:17:53 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Crazieman
Добро пожаловать
8 posted on 02/27/2014 1:25:00 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

9 posted on 02/27/2014 1:34:40 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JimSEA

He’s already had a successful war...with Georgia.


10 posted on 02/27/2014 1:53:21 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Dog

“No... Vlad will seize the whole country....a replay of Georgia.”

Or maybe pootie will end up with a bigger, badder Chechnya on his hands.


11 posted on 02/27/2014 2:58:21 AM PST by Natufian (t)
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To: Crazieman

Standing by to observe our laughingstock in chief getting schooled on the international stage...


12 posted on 02/27/2014 3:22:45 AM PST by mn-bush-man
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To: mn-bush-man

Has O drawn a red line yet?


13 posted on 02/27/2014 3:55:19 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: JimSEA

Will this be limited to the predominantly Russian areas of south and east Ukraine?


Is there any former Soviet state that doesn’t have a majority-Russian region (filled with thieves and their descendant-beneficiaries)?

I suspect that most nationals would gladly part with the territory and be rid of them.


14 posted on 02/27/2014 4:20:24 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: don-o

“I have drawn a lavender line” Barack Obama


15 posted on 02/27/2014 4:22:37 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Crazieman

“They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions.”

Oh, would I love a Republican to do that to Rachel Maddow and the other lyin’ libs.


16 posted on 02/27/2014 4:36:13 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like the Crimeans seized Crimea for him.


17 posted on 02/27/2014 4:36:39 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Crazieman

Ukraine is headed in the direction of Yugoslavia.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 4:43:43 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I’ve always wanted to do that.

LOL !
(seriesly)

19 posted on 02/27/2014 5:00:02 AM PST by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: Mister Da

The EU & US broke Ukraine. They were going to have elections next year. No one was advocating splitting the country.

EU & US gave billions of dollars to the “opposition”, and lo and behold, armed neo-Nazi thugs with weapons seized power in Kiev. First things the new guys did was ban other languages (including Russian and Hungarian, note that Russia is spoken by about 30% of the population as its primary tongue) and legalize the use of Nazi symbols.

Crimea never belonged to Ukraine until Ukrainian Nikita Krushchev gave it as a gift in the interests of brotherly love, redrawing the internal Soviet administrative boundary. The idea that the EU & US could use neo-Nazi Bandera-OUN-types to seize power and the country would stay as one was fantasy and rank stupidity.

We need to stay OUT.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 5:14:36 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Slings and Arrows

“They threw a flash grenade in response to a
journalist’s questions.”

“I’ve always wanted to do that.”

You should reconsider. That’s what liberals (communist)
want to do when they are asked real and tough questions.
So if you want to see the media get flash-banged just
make them ask the Obama some real questions.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 5:16:10 AM PST by Slambat
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To: Crazieman
A takeover of Crimea by Russia could be complicated.

Turkey might have something to say about that. If Turkey objects, it could limit Russian access to the Bosporus, locking the Russian fleet OUT of the Med. & effectively neutering the Russian naval base at Sevastopol. That would be a disaster for Russian power projection in the area & limit Russia's material support of Syria.

Putin already has Sevastopol & Bosporus access. Annexing the whole of Crimea is unnecessary, internationally risky, & a potential domestic problem, too.

22 posted on 02/27/2014 5:17:05 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Crazieman

One more line to Kerry-Obama slap down, again.
“they get slapped down but they get up again because they
are weak fools”.

There used to be an animated gif. that had Ahmadinejad
punching Obama down continuously. Wonder what happened to it?


23 posted on 02/27/2014 5:20:39 AM PST by Slambat
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To: Crazieman

well... what’s good for the goose...

now lets see how the “new” Ukrainian government is when mobs are taking over buildings.


24 posted on 02/27/2014 5:23:10 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Mister Da

Turkey has its own problems, its currency is crashing and its leadership is being challenged.


25 posted on 02/27/2014 5:26:03 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Army Air Corps
Woke Up this Morning Wondering What News of the Ukraine would bring.

Well, here we go, Figured it would be something like this :/

26 posted on 02/27/2014 5:35:33 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Crazieman
They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions.

I kinda like these guys..

27 posted on 02/27/2014 5:47:27 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Crazieman

Did the men get Sec. Kerry’s permission to do this? If not, boy, are they in trouble now!


28 posted on 02/27/2014 5:56:12 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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Please keep those donations coming in folks.
Woo hoo!! And now less than $7.5k to go!! We can do this.

29 posted on 02/27/2014 6:05:47 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

EU & US gave billions of dollars to the “opposition”, and lo and behold, armed neo-Nazi thugs with weapons seized power in Kiev. First things the new guys did was ban other languages (including Russian and Hungarian, note that Russia is spoken by about 30% of the population as its primary tongue) and legalize the use of Nazi symbols.


So Ruskies in, EU & US out? Is that correct?

Those automatic weapons and flash grenades did not fall off a cabbage truck. Most likely this is a Russian backed op.

You are treading down a slippery slope backing scum like Putin.


30 posted on 02/27/2014 7:01:00 AM PST by lodi90
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To: KC_Lion

Mucho thanks for the ping.


31 posted on 02/27/2014 7:12:02 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Crazieman

Ironic. Ukrainian protesters drove out the President and now they have to deal with Crimean protesters. Russia wants the Ukraine to stay out of Crimea’s business so Russia can get involved in Crimea’s business.


32 posted on 02/27/2014 7:16:44 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

I agree 1000%.


33 posted on 02/27/2014 7:18:55 AM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: meatloaf

Latvia is almost 30% ethnic Russian and a NATO country. Would you be ok with Putin moving in there also?


34 posted on 02/27/2014 7:30:16 AM PST by lodi90
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To: lodi90

I don’t agree with Putin moving anywhere outside of Russia. What’s your point?


35 posted on 02/27/2014 7:42:50 AM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
I agree we need to stay out, if for no other reason than the incompetence of Kerry & Obama.

Crimea has changed hands so many times in the last 500+ years it is doubtful who holds any valid claim to Crimea.

The Russians there, as well as in Ukraine, are the descendants of Soviet colonizers sent to administer & control client countries. The Baltic states have the same problem. These people are as unappreciated as American settlers were to the American Indian. Rightly or wrongly, these people are in exactly the same position as the descendants of European colonizers in Africa. We see what their lot has been - ostracization & abuse.

I'm not surprised the neo-nazis were involved the overthrow, nor surprised that the bumbling West may have financed their participation, though I doubt you could have kept them out of it, financing or not.

I think it is safe to say that there is NO government in Ukraine right now, so there is no one that can legally ban languages or restrict graffiti & symbols of any kind. Certainly, there is no one to enforce such restrictions.

Civil war seems to be the direction the country is heading.

36 posted on 02/27/2014 7:48:50 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Crazieman

Crimea river


37 posted on 02/27/2014 8:16:55 AM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: Crazieman

How do you say ‘anschluss’ in Russian?


38 posted on 02/27/2014 8:25:40 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Crazieman

39 posted on 02/27/2014 8:29:01 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obozo Care is a Trinity of Lies! Obozo Care is probably a serious Black Swan event.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

What is currently called ‘Ukraine’ is not actually located in the Ukraine region. What was once called ‘the Ukraine’ is now entirely within Russia and the country that is called Ukraine is now composed of what used to be Polish territory and territory that was ceded to Ukraine by the USSR in compensation for territory that the USSR seized from Ukraine.

Now the Russians want to take back what they gave away and you’re siding with them.

Nice.


40 posted on 02/27/2014 8:33:44 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Damn! That’s the SECOND time today somebody beat me to the punch!!!
I must be getting old...!!! :^)


41 posted on 02/27/2014 9:53:08 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Slambat; Slings and Arrows

“...You should reconsider. ...”

Still....

It would be REALLY fun to watch... (c’mon... admit it... I KNOW you’re smiling at the thought of it over there....)


42 posted on 02/27/2014 9:55:02 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: miliantnutcase

“...Crimea river...”

Dude... that is REALLY funny!

Excellent!


43 posted on 02/27/2014 9:56:39 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Crazieman

Maybe Putin already seized Crimea and these are Russian SF?


44 posted on 02/27/2014 10:03:36 AM PST by Patriot95
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To: NFHale

Insomnia has its advantages.


45 posted on 02/27/2014 10:24:39 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: tomkat

It’s not funny if it’s not true!


46 posted on 02/27/2014 10:51:45 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
They were going to have elections next year.

They had legit elections last time! "The West" is siding with a coup.

Remember when the neocons would prattle on & on about spreading democracy? Now, time after time, they support the overturning of elections that they don't like.

The neocons are increasingly hysterical in their impotence. I suspect next Sunday, McCain's head will explode on national TV.

47 posted on 02/27/2014 3:53:38 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: Slambat

One more line to Kerry-Obama slap down, again.
“they get slapped down but they get up again because they
are weak fools”.

Yep. One thing about Putin, he ain’t scared of the little stinky turd on a stick in the WH. Congress and the Supreme Court may be scared spit less, but not Puo-Poo. He knows he’s a gay, girlie type....weak and foolish.


48 posted on 02/27/2014 4:17:48 PM PST by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: JimSEA

South and east Ukraine is Russian. Defend it from whom, the Russians?

I think they’re after that part of the Ukraine occupied by the lawless protestors.


49 posted on 02/27/2014 4:30:47 PM PST by Finalmente
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

“We need to stay OUT.”

I agree.


50 posted on 02/27/2014 4:30:47 PM PST by Finalmente
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