Skip to comments.Russia war games over Ukraine prompt US warning
Posted on 02/27/2014 1:54:54 AM PST by cunning_fish
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Russia ordered 150,000 troops to test their combat readiness Wednesday in a show of force that prompted a blunt warning from the United States that any military intervention in Ukraine would be a "grave mistake."
Vladimir Putin's announcement of huge new war games came as Ukraine's protest leaders named a millionaire former banker to head a new government after the pro-Russian president went into hiding.
The new government, which is expected to be formally approved by parliament Thursday, will face the hugely complicated task of restoring stability in a country that is not only deeply divided politically but on the verge of financial collapse. Its fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled the capital last week.
In Kiev's Independence Square, the heart of the protest movement against Yanukovych, the interim leaders who seized control after he disappeared proposed Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the country's new prime minister. The 39-year-old served as economy minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker before Yanukovych took office in 2010, and is widely viewed as a technocratic reformer who enjoys the support of the U.S.
Across Ukraine, the divided allegiances between Russia and the West were on full display as fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russia protesters in the strategic Crimea peninsula.
Amid the tensions, Putin put the military on alert for massive exercises involving most of the military units in western Russia, and announced measures to tighten security at the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.
The maneuvers will involve some 150,000 troops, 880 tanks, 90 aircraft and 80 navy ships, and are intended to "check the troops' readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation's military security," Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.
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Zer0 would rather bend over than fight.
What does Obama think he’s going to do? The actions in Ukraine have had the effect of waking up the Russian bear. People I know who have generally been laid back are now starting to become nationalistic.
Obama and Kerry better be careful. They are stirring the pot.
He’s gonna tell them to stop being mean to poofs.
NONE OF OUR BUSINESS
Does Ukraine have any sort of military? Certainly, if things go bad with Russia, I don’t believe they will be able to defend themselves.
Is the EU and the US ready to send in troops? What will happen to the EU and Ukraine if Russia decides to turn off the gas? The whole situation can get very nasty really fast.
I think in terms of manpower and a number of assets Ukrainian military is among the most formidable is the world or at least in Europe for sure. As for a quality of their troops I’m not sure.
Obama to Putin: “You’d better STOP before I yell ‘STOP’ again!! Or next time, you Russian brute, I’ll send you a double-secret, strongly worded letter of concern! And it that doesn’t work, I’ll stamp my dainty foot!”
Some of the Ukranian nationalists are playing into the hands of Russian separatists in Ukraine. If the linked report is accurate, the attempts to reduce the standing of the Russian language will pour gasoline on separatist movements in the Crimea and the rest of South East Ukraine:http://rt.com/news/ukraine-language-lavrov-asselborn-627/
>>>I think in terms of manpower and a number of assets Ukrainian military is among the most formidable is the world or at least in Europe for sure. As for a quality of their troops Im not sure.<<<
I fact I was wrong. i did a little research to find Ukrainian military was about on par with modern US military in numbers back to 1992 right after independence (780,000 personnel, 6,500 tanks, about 7,000 combat armored vehicles, 1,500 combat aircraft, more than 350 ships, 1,272 strategic nuclear warheads and 2,500 tactical nuclear missiles.)
Today it has deteriorated to 36th in the world.
They are quaking in their boots. . . . . . . . Way to go ZERO that did it. . . .
Warning of a grave mistake is reminiscent of his red line.
Yup. This move aggravated the crisis - without guarantees for minority rights, no one will trust the new government in Kiev.
And Ukraine cannot afford to alienate Russia even if it rejects a “big brother” role for its powerful neighbor. It must rein in anti-Russian extremists and ensure things don’t get out of hand.
I can’t think of a reason why anybody, least of all Vladimir Putin, should take a US warning seriously at this juncture.
As does Al Queda, Syrian "Rebels", Egyptian tyrants, Libyan "Militia", and South African Communists.
This is interesting:
“Putins vision is not to restore the Soviet Union but to restore Russian greatness, said Kathryn Stoner, a Stanford University professor and expert on Russia. Its the Russian empire, which is a very clear political and economic system.
“Stoner called that system Putinism and described it as a complex mix of de facto authoritarianism at home and anti-American obstructionism abroad. It is by no means a Soviet-scale threat to the United States. But experts describe it as a controlling, culturally conservative system that Putin actively promotes to counter what he sees as a degenerate and decadent West.”
Theyre definitely setting themselves up in opposition to the United States, said Fiona Hill, an expert on Putin at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Being the leaders of a conservative coalition of countries who oppose gay rights and gay marriage and those who want to see less of a role for the church, more of a secular society.
There an element of truth in it - the West is flabby, morally decadent and militarily weak. Like the metrosexuals Obama and Kerry, its all bark and no bite. The West simply opposes Russia and sides with fascists because it has lost sight of its own values. There is no reason in the world why Russia should copy the West.
Kerry warns Russia? Let me see, is that the fifth or sixth “line in the sand”? With so many lines, it’s almost like a football field.