Skip to comments.Russia invades Crimea to 'protect its Black Sea naval fleet' as Ukraine tensions soar
Posted on 02/28/2014 5:30:29 PM PST by BurningOak
Tension in the Crimea grew tonight as the Russian government finally confirmed it had sent soldiers into the troubled region.
Ukraines interim leadership denounced the armed intervention on its southern territory a key strategic area where Russias Black Sea naval fleet is still based.
Reports claimed 2,000 Russian soldiers had landed in the region, while armed militia carrying Russian flags earlier seized the international airport near the Crimean capital Simferopol and a military base close to Sevastopol.
Unconfirmed reports emerged suggesting that a convoy of armoured vehicles was moving towards Simferopol.
Roads to the airport were also blocked by unidentified troops.
Ukraines acting president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia of trying to provoke Kiev into armed conflict.
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Putin does not screw around. We got a real Soviet despot on our hands.
‘Ukraines interim leadership denounced the armed intervention on its southern territory’
They have essentially ceded the territory with this statement. Calling it an ‘intervention’ is the clue
Czar Vladimir the Belligerent
I wonder how Obi is enjoying this “3:00 AM phone call”
Hasn’t he heard? “There will be consequences”.
Oh, stop it. Someone presently will be by to post photos of Vlad bare-chested. Get with the program.
Sudetan Russians stirring it up. Barack Chamberlain and Lord Kerry are hard at work.
Ah, but CNN said it wasn’t an invasion. It was an uncontested arrival.
Is it time already for another war that has nothing whatsoever to do with defending America.
George Washington was so correct when he said to stay away from “entangling alliances”. They are used by those that use manipulation and deception to involve us in stuff that is none of our business. It makes Americans poorer and indebted, and the profiteers rich.
Our government fails to defend America as the banksters and elites and commie libs manipulate their media to support our invasion. Our country is filled with traitors that keep us divided and poorer.
well they had better not use any chemical weapons...or else.
Soviet, no. Russian, yes.
Russia was usually an aggressive player in the great power game, and Putin is a Tsar that likes his chances.
They will annex the Crimea.
The spot to watch is Perekop. Thats the narrow penninsula thats the gateway to the Crimea. If the Russians have it, the Ukraine will never get it back.
Obama will respond vigorously if...
the Ukrainians don’t welcome and respect the rights- to free food, shelter and voting- of these immigrants.
Why this remind me or 1990s breakup of Yugoslaiva
George Washington warned us about entangling alliances shortly after he signed a treaty with France.
hearing this obama went out to play golf, an re-affrm that no one must be allowed to slander the prophet of islam. and all you christians sign up for obamacare and pay your jizya taxes. or don’t and pay your jizya penalty.
I can just hear Putin saying that “this is how real communism works”, rather than the classroom studies of the petulant man-boy.
“Is it time already for another war that has nothing whatsoever to do with defending America.”
A resurgent Soviet Union is not something to be ignored. Do we really have to wait for him to take Poland? Isolationism is BS, we would all be typing this in German/Japanese if previous generations took no interest in outside world.
Putin literally has Carte Blanche.
Oh, not to worry, O’bummer will intervene and his supporters, the anti-war protesters will volunteer.
It’s just like old times, innit?
“They have essentially ceded the territory with this statement. Calling it an intervention is the clue”
Big words like “war” or “invasion” are used by nations with power to resist, Ukraine is in no position to talk tough, the talk could be interpreted as an actual declaration of war.
I am computer illiterate, how do you post links?
The Serbs of the Krajina seem to share some similarities with the Russians of the Ukraine.
So do both with the Sudeten Germans, or a lot of the Austrians during the Anschluss.
More like the 1930’s I think. In the Crimea a Russian takeover cannot be opposed because there is a very limited anti-Russian population and the territory is extremely discrete and well defined. Geography is everything.
In the Sudetenland the Germans seized the defensible terrain around Bohemia, and I believe you will soon hear that the Russians have seized Perekop.
For some odd reason , a pasted link will not show up as ‘hot’
if you place it in the initial comment made by the post originator. You need comment to yourself in the post as a second comment to get the additional link to show up as hot
It's a good thing it's after 5:00 on a Friday, since he's off until Monday morning. That'll give him a chance to recharge and tackle the issue and focus like a laser.
if the russians are sending in troops to defend their bases in crimea it isn’t an “invasion”. all the major NATO countries border western russia. this is what NATO is for, not sudan or iraq or afghanastan.
and no i don’t support russia but i also believe very little from the OMG. better news from uk.
Ukraine though is not a member of NATO. And the government’s writ does not run in half the country. Its has no army to speak of, which is friendly to Russia and does not want to get involved in fighting its own people. Due to geography, none of Russia’s neighbors are going to put up up a fight with it.
The Crimea is already lost! Man up and move on.
Putin isn’t a Soviet despot—he’s worse—he’s a Czarist Imperialist who wants to reform the old Czars Empire. This man is cold as ice—he doesn’t bluff—he doesn’t screw around. He has the support of a majority of his people—most people in Crimea support such moves—violence might not be a wise policy here.
Putin doesn't do red stars anymore, but Romanov double-headed eagles.
Yep, a lot of folks on here don’t understand Russia or Putin very well these days.
So what would you have us do? Attack Russia with our severely weakened military?
You have to understand that while the Soviet Union started communist, it quickly degenerated to basically a much more oppressive version of the old Czarist order. Stalin could care less about liberating the proletariat from the oppressing capitalists, he was basically just a modern Ivan the Terrible.
The key with Russia is that regardless if it currently calles itself a monarchy, a communist dictatorship, or a pseudo-democratic cleptocracy; it is still Russia. Their default government is a strongman who suppresses individual liberties, centralizes economic power, and expands the empire by military force. All Russian regimes look the same regardless of what they call themselves.
Oh, come on. If you say that then you really don't understand what Communism was!
We needs to defend our own borders, and get our finances in order. Until then it is time to end foreign aid and those entangling alliances that our founding father warned us about. Those entangling deals are highly susceptible to the devious guile of others who suck us into their web of war that is not in our interest.
There was a German in the WW1 era that played the USA like a fiddle to involve us in WW1 because of a supposed plan to bring Mexico into Germany’s side. http://europeanhistory.about.com/cs/worldwar1/p/prazimmermanbio.htm
He also was involved in the overthrow of Russian czars for the Commies. An Irish Revolution. etc.
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
It’s more about hard dollars from the gas pipelines. This link illustrates this point.
I figured he would do this immediately after the Olympics concluded...
Ironic seeing as they probably love Uncle Vlad for his supposed displeasure of homosexuality. Then again...
I think you are right on 1930 situation
It should have been handled way back in 1992, like the Czechs and Slovaks did.
Crimea should never have been part of Ukraine in the first place, only a drunken Khrushchev trying to make nice with the Ukrainians he so brutally persecuted under Stalin. Of course it was more of a symbolic gesture back in the days of the Soviet Union...but now the chickens have come home to roost.
Aksyonov's starting point was that if Crimea were an island, it could have become to the Soviet Union what Taiwan/Formosa was to the PRC.
You are probably right.
Still, this should have been handled through a proper political process and not through multi levels of thuggery. If the Russians wanted merely to have the Russian regions re-attached then they could have worked with the locals in the Ukraine to that limited end. Instead they have been attempting to control the Ukraine as a whole, using the local Russians as their instruments.
Could have happened, possibly, if the Whites had run their war better.
I was going to mention this book but I figured nobody heard of it. Want to hear about a funny/spooky coincidence? The Putin stooge who has just been put in charge of Crimea and is inviting in the Russians in named... Aksyonov! No, not the same guy just same name.
How is that for an Illuminati conspiracy!
Sergey Aksyonov, the Crimean leader, was actually born in Moldova, so he's a Russian nationalist born in Moldova who lives in the Ukraine. And his party is called Russian Unity. Again, pretty strange for a party in one country to take another country's name in its own. And they have 3 seats out of 100 in the Crimean Parliament.
Vasily Aksyonov went back to the Old World and died in Moscow in 2009. His return to Russia would have been hard to foresee 30 years ago, but I'm reminded that his novel did end with a Soviet invasion of Crimea, so he did get that part right. Looking back, though, (if I remember correctly) Aksyonov's Russian Civil War story of how his fictional Crimea became independent was the best thing in the book.