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Russian upper house approves use of force in Ukraine
CNN ^ | March 1, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark. Diana Magnay and Ingrid Formanek

Posted on 03/01/2014 7:10:27 AM PST by maggief

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To: maggief

Islamist terrorist?


151 posted on 03/01/2014 10:55:48 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: SevenofNine

LOL. Yep.


152 posted on 03/01/2014 10:57:28 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: maggief

I never have understood the process.

You have to love Putin he is a great chess player! this was his first move. Every good invasion need agitators to get the people in line.

Russia Ups the Ante in Crimea by Sending in the ‘Night Wolves’

The leader of Russia’s favored nationalist biker gang lands in Crimea amid rumors of a Russian takeover of this autonomous Ukrainian republic

Read more: Ukraine: Russia Ups the Ante in Crimea | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2014/02/28/crimea-russia-putin-night-wolves/#ixzz2ujsNtSt0


153 posted on 03/01/2014 10:59:16 AM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: reagandemocrat

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/01/crimea-crisis-deepens-as-russia-and-ukraine-ready-forces-live-updates

6.46pm GMT
Russia Today has accused a Ukrainian nationalist leader of calling on a Chechen leader to make common cause against Russia. The evidence is a screen grab of an unconvincing Russian social media page.

A leader of the Ukrainian radical group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), Dmitry Yarosh, has called on Russia’s most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov to act against Russia in an address posted on Right Sector’s page in VKontakte social network.

The statement points out that “many Ukrainians with arms in the hands” supported Chechen militants in their fight against Russians and “it is time to support Ukraine now.”

The message, signed “leader of Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh” then calls on Umarov “to activate his fight” and “take a unique chance to win” over Russia.


154 posted on 03/01/2014 10:59:33 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

(same link)

6.59pm GMT
The diplomatic interventions are coming fast. The first two snaps from Reuters are from NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the last three are from Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy representative.

URGENT NEED FOR DE-ESCALATION IN UKRAINE’S CRIMEA; NATO ALLIES CONTINUE TO COORDINATE CLOSELY - RASMUSSEN

RUSSIA MUST RESPECT UKRAINE’S SOVEREIGNTY, INCLUDING WITH REGARD TO MOVEMENT OF RUSSIAN FORCES IN UKRAINE

EU’S ASHTON SAYS DECISION TO USE RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES IN UKRAINE IS UNWARRANTED ESCALATION OF TENSIONS

EU’S ASHTON CALLS ON RUSSIA NOT TO DISPATCH TROOPS BUT TO PROMOTE ITS VIEWS THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS

EU’S ASHTON SAYS UNITY, SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF UKRAINE MUST BE RESPECTED BY ALL SIDES


155 posted on 03/01/2014 11:00:44 AM PST by maggief
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To: crosslink

Unconfirmed:

UCRANIA - Reports that Russian troops have crossed Chonchar peninsula into Zaporizhya ie mainland #Ukraine http://tyzhden.ua/News/103674


156 posted on 03/01/2014 11:05:15 AM PST by maggief
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To: sunrise_sunset
"The second it happens, China makes it move in East Asia."

That may happen even without a move from the US.

The dragon is stirring as we speak.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

157 posted on 03/01/2014 11:05:45 AM PST by expatguy (Donate to "An American Expat in SE Asia")
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To: maggief

AFP Photo Department@AFPphoto Unidentified armed men patrol in front of the Crimean Parliament in Simferopol on March 01, 2014. #Ukraine #AFP pic.twitter.com/UDartYvtuh

158 posted on 03/01/2014 11:11:58 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

159 posted on 03/01/2014 11:18:20 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

This is from http://osnetdaily.com/2014/03/breaking-us-sixth-fleet-moves-toward-crimea-nato-troops-land-in-western-ukraine/

I do not know how good the source is as I have not read OSNETDAILY?

Remember those US warships who were so eager to “protect the Sochi Olympics” ? According to Russian sources they have now been detected moving in the black sea towards Crimea (according to their motion vector). As Russia rapidly completes its takeover on the Crimean peninsula, those ships will be able to survey the situation and gather intelligence for the Pentagon. Simultaneously, NATO troops have arrived at the Lviv region in western Ukraine, possibly in expectation for a Russian backed military coup against the NATO installed puppet regime in Kiev. It remains to be seen to whom the Ukrainian army itself is loyal to – Russia or NATO (it is known, however, to be based on Russian military hardware and tactics). If it decides to declare an emergency situation and martial law in order to neutralize the new regime and sweep the Svoboda Nazi gangs (who have just threatened to “resume Ukraine’s nuclear status” vs. Russia) out of the way, NATO could be facing a major strategic defeat, at least in eastern Ukraine.


160 posted on 03/01/2014 11:18:29 AM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: maggief

Ha! Obozo should send the homo Olympic delegates again...that will show them!


161 posted on 03/01/2014 11:25:56 AM PST by rainee (Her)
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To: crosslink
I read similar reports.

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via twitter:


162 posted on 03/01/2014 11:43:04 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/03/8-things-obama-must-do-about-ukraine-104128.html#superComments

8 Steps Obama Must Take to Punish Russia
By MARCO RUBIO March 01, 2014

(snip)

First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it is: a military invasion. The Obama administration must publicly acknowledge that its “reset” with Russia is dead. The president must now accept that the only way to deal with tyrants like Vladimir Putin is with a clear understanding that they can’t be trusted and that only decisive action will deter their provocative moves.

Second, President Obama should dispatch Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Kiev to show U.S. support for Ukraine’s transitional government, and urge our allies in the European Union and NATO to send representatives there as well. The United States should convene an emergency meeting of NATO to develop a strong united response from the trans-Atlantic alliance. And we should send high-level delegations to our allies in Central and Eastern Europe to reinforce the fact that we are standing by them. As part of this work with our allies, we should develop a series of economic and security assurance measures to help the transitional government in Kiev remain stable and carry out a democratic transition.

Third, the United States should rally our allies to boycott this June’s G-8 summit in Sochi, Russia. And if Russian troops do not leave Ukraine immediately, Russia should be expelled from this group altogether.

Fourth, any and all discussions and negotiations with Moscow on any issue unrelated to this crisis, including trade and other matters, should be immediately suspended.

Fifth, the U.S. and our allies should put forward a condemnatory resolution in the United Nations Security Council. A Russian or Chinese veto would make clear to the world the hypocrisy of these governments, since they say they oppose foreign intervention into the affairs of sovereign countries—unless of course they are the ones intervening.

Sixth, we should renew a push for eventual membership in NATO by the Republic of Georgia and aim to provide the country with some of the defensive capabilities the Georgians have requested ever since they were invaded by Russia in 2008.

Seventh, the Obama administration should immediately add more Russian officials to the Magnitsky list, which places travel bans and other sanctions on them – something President Obama failed to do in December. Living in Miami, I have seen in recent years the wave of Russian tourists coming to our city and state to spend money and buy property. Many are government officials or allies whose wealth stems from allegiance to Putin, and we should limit their ability to travel here.

Finally, in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid should immediately halt his effort to force a Senate vote on Rose Gottemoeller next week to be under secretary of state for arms control and international security. As I, Sens. John Cornyn and Jim Risch said yesterday, we shouldn’t even be thinking about arms-control negotiations with Russia anytime soon. And especially not negotiations led by a State Department official, such as Ms. Gottemoeller, who has tried to play down and potentially kept information from Congress and our allies about Russian violations of arms-control agreements.

(snip)


163 posted on 03/01/2014 11:46:19 AM PST by maggief
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To: crosslink

164 posted on 03/01/2014 11:55:57 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

WHOA that new twitter report


165 posted on 03/01/2014 11:56:37 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: maggief

Move along nothing seen here LOL!

COME ON Freepers move along LOL!


166 posted on 03/01/2014 11:57:32 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: onyx

If you really want rub in Obama relationships

Reggie Love is more manly this President LOL!


167 posted on 03/01/2014 11:58:25 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: maggief

I see about how many checkmate on this thread LOL!


168 posted on 03/01/2014 11:58:55 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: maggief
Russian Movements on Crimea, Ukraine..as of March 1st, 2014


169 posted on 03/01/2014 12:05:18 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/01/crimea-crisis-deepens-as-russia-and-ukraine-ready-forces-live-updates

8.05pm GMT

NATO will now meet at the behest of Latvia and Lithuania. Latvia’s population is almost 30% Russian, rising to more than 40 per cent in the capital Riga. Lithuania’s Russian minority is around 6%.

James Mates @jamesmatesitv

Latvia+Lithuania have invoked NATO art. 4 in response to #crimea NATO now obliged to hold emerg council meeting. Only 4th time in history
1:23 PM - 1 Mar 2014


170 posted on 03/01/2014 12:08:15 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

SENATOR TED CRUZ’S STATEMENT ON THE UKRAINE INVASTION:

EXCELLENT AND STRONG: UNLIKE OBAMA’S PATHETIC, GELDING WIMPOUT

The situation unfolding in Ukraine right now is a harsh lesson that no matter how great the victory, we must never rest on our laurels. After the United States won the Cold War and the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991, many on both sides of the aisle believed that the Soviet threat to freedom was a thing of the past and that the new, democratic Russia would be a reasonable partner and even an ally.

The events of the last seventy-two hours demonstrate this is not case. Vladimir Putin barely waited for the flame of the Olympic torch in Sochi to be extinguished before he turned his attention to crushing the most recent attempt of the Ukrainian people to move towards freedom and the West. Despite warnings and expressions of concern from the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Advisor, the Ambassador to the United Nations and even the President of the United States, Putin apparently feels he can act with impunity in what he considers to be his exclusive sphere of influence.

He has good reason to do so. Over the five years of his presidency, President Obama has done nothing to help the people of Georgia reclaim the some 20 percent of their sovereign territory that was violated by the 2008 Russian invasion, instead instructing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to attempt to “reset” the relationship with Russia in the hopes of pursuing more arms control agreements rather than forcefully defending American national security interests, and those of our allies.

This evening, President Obama spoke about his deep concerns about reports of Russian military action in Ukraine, and urged Putin not to violate international laws. But as the President and his national security team are apparently the last to learn, Putin has scant regard for international norms when they run counter to his goal of re-establishing Soviet-style regional hegemony over unfortunate states like Georgia and Ukraine who have the temerity to want a more free, prosperous future for their people. And Putin is under no illusions that the President’s vague threats mean any more than his infamous ‘red line’ in the Syrian desert.

If we were serious about standing up to Putin’s power grab, we would immediately suspend Russian membership in the Group of Eight (G-8), which should consist of nations that can contribute to a civilized order. And if the Russians persist in this aggressive action, we should look into additional measures such as suspension from the World Trade Organization and even the United Nations Security Council.

The United States stands with Ukraine


171 posted on 03/01/2014 12:08:29 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA200UG20140301?irpc=932

TOP NEWS
Ukraine puts forces on combat alert, warns of war
Sat, Mar 01 14:42 PM EST
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine put its armed forces on full combat alert on Saturday and warned Russia that any military intervention in the country would lead to war.

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Twitter:

The #Ukraine spends 2 billion $ on the armed forces, Russia 90.....


172 posted on 03/01/2014 12:12:55 PM PST by maggief
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To: crosslink

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/01/crimea-crisis-deepens-as-russia-and-ukraine-ready-forces-live-updates

8.19pm GMT

Two Russian warships have been spotted near Sevastopol, according to Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/01/ukraine-crisis-warships-idUSL6N0LY0R720140301

KIEV, March 1 Sat Mar 1, 2014 3:20pm EST

The source said the two vessels, part of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, had been sighted in a bay at Sevastopol, where Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet has a base.


173 posted on 03/01/2014 12:22:06 PM PST by maggief
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To: SevenofNine

http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/114404-iran-cautions-against-foreign-intervention-in-ukraine

Iran cautions against foreign intervention in Ukraine
Political Desk

On Line: 01 March 2014 18:15
In Print: Sunday 02 March 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says foreign interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine has not helped improve situation in the crisis-hit European country over the past few months.

He made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski in Tehran on Saturday.

“The Islamic Republic is anxious about the recent developments in Ukraine,” Zarif said, expressing hope that the Ukrainian people would determine their own fate.


174 posted on 03/01/2014 12:25:53 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

louis charbonneau @lou_reuters
Inside UNSC meeting on #Ukraine, US, UK & France push for open meeting, #Russia wants it closed; procedural banter - diplomats tell @reuters
1:55 PM - 1 Mar 2014

louis charbonneau @lou_reuters
UN Security Council may hold rare procedural vote on whether to hold an open or closed meeting on #Ukraine - diplomat tells @Reuters
2:01 PM - 1 Mar 2014


175 posted on 03/01/2014 12:28:06 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief; caww

I just read two subs also were on the surface in the area.

Funny the Iranian message is stronger that Bambi LOL

Good to have CAww on the thread.


176 posted on 03/01/2014 12:30:39 PM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: maggief

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/120872-greek-fm-to-visit-ukraine-on-sunday

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, whose country currently holds the European Union presidency, will travel to Ukraine on Sunday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported in an interview with the minister.

Venizelos will first travel to the city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov near Crimea, where there is a large ethnic-Greek community, and then to Kiev, it said.

“The first thing is to avoid a civil war and avoid a return to the Cold War,” said Venizelos, who is also Greece’s deputy prime minister and was taking part in a congress of European social-democrats in Rome.

“The second is to organize the situation internally with an inclusive government. Inclusive not just in the political and social sense but also in regional and ethnic terms,” he said.

The next priority is “to organize a global plan for the economic and financial situation in Ukraine with the participation of all parties including the EU, U.S. and Russia to avoid an uncontrolled default not just of the economy but of the state and of civil society,” he said.


177 posted on 03/01/2014 12:34:06 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
Putins making all the right moves for what he intends to gain from this.....regardless of how this ultimately ends...Putin is once again center stage. The US has little they really can do about Putins moves....and Europe wants the nation secure no matter who is in charge. Putin doesn't care what they say as we know.

We'll of course see all the diplomatic chit chats from various nation leaders, both together and seperately...but in the end I think Putin will look like the man of the hour once again.

Obama simply has no clout...other nation leaders simply acknowledge his voice out of political politeness but he welds no respect let alone power....and he's earned this all by himself.


178 posted on 03/01/2014 12:47:17 PM PST by caww
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To: crosslink

http://rt.com/news/navy-warship-syria-mediterranean-800/

Russia to expand Mediterranean fleet to 10 warships – Navy chief
Published time: September 13, 2013 05:12

(snip)

Russia began military build-up in the Mediterranean in 2012, and starting from December last year the Navy established a constant presence in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.

On May 1, 2013 all Russian battleships operating in the area were assigned to a single task force under special offshore maritime zone operation command.

Currently there are seven warships deployed in the area: landing craft carriers ‘Aleksandr Shabalin’, ‘Admiral Nevelskoy’, ‘Peresvet’, ‘Novocherkassk’ and ‘Minsk’ from Russia’s Black and Baltic Sea Fleets, as well as the escort vessel ‘Neustrashimy’, and large anti-submarine ship ‘Admiral Panteleyev’.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173578#.UxJHkHkvvlI

Russia Sends Most Powerful Ships to Mediterranean
In show of force, Russia radically expands Middle East presence by sending ‘aircraft carrier killer’, nuclear battleship to Syrian shores.

By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 11/4/2013, 10:16 AM

Reuters
On Saturday, Russian news agency RT reported that the “Varyag,” flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, and “Pyotr Veliky” (”Peter the Great”), the nation’s most powerful nuclear-powered battleship, were moved into the Mediterranean Sea.


179 posted on 03/01/2014 12:48:30 PM PST by maggief
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To: dfwgator

CNN: Obama not in meeting with National Security Team.


180 posted on 03/01/2014 12:50:52 PM PST by maggief
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To: caww; melancholy; hoosiermama
Good to see you! Pinging others.

++++++++++++++++


181 posted on 03/01/2014 12:53:48 PM PST by maggief
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To: crosslink; thouworm; kristinn; LucyT

CNN: POTUS skipped Ukraine meeting with National Security Team at White House


182 posted on 03/01/2014 12:58:17 PM PST by maggief
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People seen leaving the National Security Team meeting at the White House on Ukraine - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director John Brennan, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and James Clapper, director of national intelligence.


183 posted on 03/01/2014 12:59:02 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

Well look like Iranians check in

Nice to knowwwww LOL!


184 posted on 03/01/2014 1:00:25 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: maggief

Maybe interfering with his golf time LOL!


185 posted on 03/01/2014 1:04:09 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: maggief

That just wrong on sooooo many level Maggie


186 posted on 03/01/2014 1:04:49 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: maggief
Obama warns Putin about Ukraine...Putins reaction


187 posted on 03/01/2014 1:04:50 PM PST by caww
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To: maggief
Obama warns Putin about Ukraine...Putins reaction


188 posted on 03/01/2014 1:04:50 PM PST by caww
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To: maggief

Where’s Reggie ?


189 posted on 03/01/2014 1:07:15 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: SevenofNine

Cue the video ....

Zeke Miller@ZekeJMiller

Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team.
2:34 PM - 1 Mar 2014


190 posted on 03/01/2014 1:09:54 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
...."POTUS skipped Ukraine meeting with National Security Team at White House".....


191 posted on 03/01/2014 1:13:47 PM PST by caww
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To: caww
Already starting to regret that whole "macho, bare-chested" Putin thing.

Better to follow what the man actually does, rather than make some kind of hero out of a very questionable figure.

192 posted on 03/01/2014 1:19:15 PM PST by x
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To: maggief

http://thepunditpress.com/2014/03/01/live-video-of-un-security-council-on-ukraine/

Live Video of UN Security Council on Ukraine
by Thomas • March 1, 2014

Scheduled to start at 4:15 EST. The meeting has been delayed for over two hours as there was a large disagreement about how to actually run the meeting. Russia demanded that the meeting be behind closed doors. Both Russia and Ukraine is expected to speak. Also watch Ukrainian news

(Also on C-SPAN)


193 posted on 03/01/2014 1:29:48 PM PST by maggief
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To: caww
I was thinking the Nicholas Cage gif...


194 posted on 03/01/2014 1:31:32 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: maggief

Ukraine’s ambassador to the @UN says 15,000 Russian troops are in Crimea - @cnnbrk https://twitter.com/MaximEristavi/status/439874721103228928 /u/uptodatepronto

Ben Rhodes: POTUS has been briefed by his national security team and spoken to several foreign leaders throughout the day on #Ukraine. Readouts to come https://twitter.com/rhodes44/status/439872796227694592


195 posted on 03/01/2014 1:31:44 PM PST by maggief
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To: x

I know exactly the situation concerning who Putin is.....however the press and Russian people have long time now accepted the “hero” that he’s projected as.

The fact is Obama continues to show our nation weak....after all what President wold have ‘ever’ announced to A Russian leader they would have more flexibility after the election without appearing very weak to that leader?

Putin IS a hero to Russians....but we know exactly who he is and what he’s up to. ..and he’s certainly unconcerned that we are....he has his agenda and He will not be stopped by words.

Frankly Putin will only go so far...probably annex Chimea and that’s about it...it won’t be a full military war there...too much on all sides to loose..including Europe and Russia.


196 posted on 03/01/2014 1:34:26 PM PST by caww
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To: x

I know exactly the situation concerning who Putin is.....however the press and Russian people have long time now accepted the “hero” that he’s projected as.

The fact is Obama continues to show our nation weak....after all what President wold have ‘ever’ announced to A Russian leader they would have more flexibility after the election without appearing very weak to that leader?

Putin IS a hero to Russians....but we know exactly who he is and what he’s up to. ..and he’s certainly unconcerned that we are....he has his agenda and He will not be stopped by words.

Frankly Putin will only go so far...probably annex Chimea and that’s about it...it won’t be a full military war there...too much on all sides to loose..including Europe and Russia.


197 posted on 03/01/2014 1:34:26 PM PST by caww
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To: dfwgator

That too...haha!


198 posted on 03/01/2014 1:36:08 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

Putin isn’t stupid...getting Crimea is low-hanging fruit...He knows the rest of the world won’t lift a finger to stop that.

Now he has a better bargaining chip..he knows Ukraine will be independent, but he just wants to get what he can before it happens.


199 posted on 03/01/2014 1:38:06 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: COBOL2Java

Thanks.


200 posted on 03/01/2014 1:40:54 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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