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Russia invades Crimea to 'protect its Black Sea naval fleet' as Ukraine tensions soar
Mirror News ^ | Feb 28, 2014 21:13 | Don Mackay, Nick Sommerlad

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.

Ukraine’s interim leadership denounced the “armed ­intervention” on its ­southern territory – a key strategic area where Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet is still based.

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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.

Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia of trying to provoke Kiev into “armed conflict”.

(Excerpt) Read more at mirror.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; war; yuliatymoshenko
Moscow admits it is an invasion of the Crimea, any resistance by Ukraine will be used as an excuse for retaking all of the country. Here is video of Russian helicopters going into Crimea.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=287_1393605865

Putin does not screw around. We got a real Soviet despot on our hands.

1 posted on 02/28/2014 5:30:29 PM PST by BurningOak
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To: BurningOak

‘Ukraine’s 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


2 posted on 02/28/2014 5:33:15 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: BurningOak

Czar Vladimir the Belligerent


3 posted on 02/28/2014 5:33:17 PM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: BurningOak

I wonder how Obi is enjoying this “3:00 AM phone call”


4 posted on 02/28/2014 5:36:19 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: BurningOak

Hasn’t he heard? “There will be consequences”.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 5:36:58 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Fai Mao

Oh, stop it. Someone presently will be by to post photos of Vlad bare-chested. Get with the program.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 5:37:43 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BurningOak

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=287_1393605865


7 posted on 02/28/2014 5:37:54 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: BurningOak

Sudetan Russians stirring it up. Barack Chamberlain and Lord Kerry are hard at work.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 5:39:24 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: BurningOak

Ah, but CNN said it wasn’t an invasion. It was an uncontested arrival.

***SNORT***


9 posted on 02/28/2014 5:40:29 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: BurningOak

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.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 5:40:36 PM PST by apoliticalone
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To: BurningOak

well they had better not use any chemical weapons...or else.


11 posted on 02/28/2014 5:41:58 PM PST by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: BurningOak

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.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 5:42:56 PM PST by buwaya
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To: BurningOak

Obama will respond vigorously if...
the Ukrainians don’t welcome and respect the rights- to free food, shelter and voting- of these immigrants.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 5:45:41 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: buwaya

Why this remind me or 1990s breakup of Yugoslaiva


14 posted on 02/28/2014 5:45:59 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: apoliticalone

George Washington warned us about entangling alliances shortly after he signed a treaty with France.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 5:47:06 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BurningOak

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.


16 posted on 02/28/2014 5:47:08 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BurningOak

I can just hear Putin saying that “this is how real communism works”, rather than the classroom studies of the petulant man-boy.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 5:48:49 PM PST by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: apoliticalone

“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.


18 posted on 02/28/2014 5:51:19 PM PST by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak
Putin can and will retake the entirety of the territory held by the USSR as long as his comrade Hussein Baraka subverts the office of POTUS.

Putin literally has Carte Blanche.

Germans beware.

19 posted on 02/28/2014 5:54:04 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: BurningOak

Oh, not to worry, O’bummer will intervene and his supporters, the anti-war protesters will volunteer.


20 posted on 02/28/2014 5:54:30 PM PST by Vinylly
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To: BurningOak

It’s just like old times, innit?


21 posted on 02/28/2014 5:54:43 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Viennacon

“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.


22 posted on 02/28/2014 5:55:48 PM PST by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: skeeter
Hasn’t he heard? “There will be consequences”.

The news media is using the term "costs", like Obama is going to retaliate by sending Putin an invoice for billable hours.
23 posted on 02/28/2014 6:00:21 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: LeoWindhorse

I am computer illiterate, how do you post links?


24 posted on 02/28/2014 6:00:54 PM PST by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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25 posted on 02/28/2014 6:02:23 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SevenofNine

Partly.
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.


26 posted on 02/28/2014 6:05:21 PM PST by buwaya
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To: BurningOak

copy>paste
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


27 posted on 02/28/2014 6:07:07 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: muir_redwoods
I wonder how Obi is enjoying this “3:00 AM phone call”

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.

28 posted on 02/28/2014 6:09:36 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: fatnotlazy

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.


29 posted on 02/28/2014 6:13:45 PM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: bravo whiskey

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.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 6:50:01 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: BurningOak
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32 posted on 02/28/2014 6:54:42 PM 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: BurningOak

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.


33 posted on 02/28/2014 7:14:00 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: BurningOak
Not Soviet, Tsarist.

Putin doesn't do red stars anymore, but Romanov double-headed eagles.

34 posted on 02/28/2014 7:19:27 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: buwaya

Yep, a lot of folks on here don’t understand Russia or Putin very well these days.


35 posted on 02/28/2014 7:22:16 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: BurningOak
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.

So what would you have us do? Attack Russia with our severely weakened military?

36 posted on 02/28/2014 7:25:10 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

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.


37 posted on 02/28/2014 7:30:09 PM PST by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak
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!

38 posted on 02/28/2014 7:34:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: BurningOak

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.


39 posted on 02/28/2014 8:00:14 PM PST by apoliticalone
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To: BurningOak

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


40 posted on 02/28/2014 8:28:44 PM PST by PGalt
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To: crosslink

It’s more about hard dollars from the gas pipelines. This link illustrates this point.

http://www.businessinsider.com/ukraine-conflict-in-one-map-2013-12


41 posted on 02/28/2014 8:58:48 PM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Fai Mao

I figured he would do this immediately after the Olympics concluded...


42 posted on 02/28/2014 9:56:07 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: 1rudeboy

Ironic seeing as they probably love Uncle Vlad for his supposed displeasure of homosexuality. Then again...


43 posted on 02/28/2014 9:59:44 PM PST by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way)
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To: buwaya

I think you are right on 1930 situation


44 posted on 03/01/2014 9:42:00 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: buwaya

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.


45 posted on 03/01/2014 9:44:21 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: BurningOak
Brings to mind a book from the '80s, when Russia was still Soviet:

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.

46 posted on 03/01/2014 9:53:28 AM PST by x
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To: dfwgator

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.


47 posted on 03/01/2014 10:05:41 AM PST by buwaya
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To: x

Could have happened, possibly, if the Whites had run their war better.


48 posted on 03/01/2014 10:07:02 AM PST by buwaya
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To: x

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!


49 posted on 03/01/2014 2:48:38 PM PST by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak
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.

Hmmmm ...

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.

50 posted on 03/02/2014 11:43:25 AM PST by x
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