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Kremlin Clears Way for Force in Ukraine; Separatist Split Feared [Russia Seizes Crimea!]
NYTimes ^ | March 01, 2014 | ALISON SMALE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

Posted on 03/01/2014 10:48:58 AM PST by Steelfish

Kremlin Clears Way for Force in Ukraine; Separatist Split Feared By ALISON SMALE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN MARCH 1, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As Russian armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Saturday, the Russian Parliament granted President Vladimir V. Putin the authority he sought to use military force in response to the deepening instability in Ukraine.

The authorization cited a threat to the lives of Russian citizens and soldiers stationed in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine, and provided a blunt answer to President Obama, who on Friday pointedly warned Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty.

Even before Mr. Putin’s statement in Moscow, scores of heavily armed soldiers had tightened their grip on the Crimean capital, Simferopol, surrounding government buildings, shuttering the airport, and blocking streets, where they deployed early Friday.

Large pro-Russia crowds rallied in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donestk and Kharkiv, where there were reports of violence. In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, fears grew within the new provisional government that separatist upheaval would fracture the country just days after civil unrest ended in the ouster of President Viktor F. Yanuovych, a Kremlin ally who fled to Russia.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; russia; ukraine; ukrainecrisis; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko

1 posted on 03/01/2014 10:48:58 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Well, this is what happens when a true leader protects his country’s interests and frankly, he is backing the democratically elected president so once again, he is on the right side and we have been on the wrong side. imho, Putin is putting the hammer down on another arab spring type of event.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 10:51:25 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Steelfish
What would Ronald Reagan do?
3 posted on 03/01/2014 10:54:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Steelfish

So who thinks Congress should now pass a formal declaration of war? Well, besides the military-industrial complex and the McCains in Congress.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 10:55:13 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: ex-snook

I hope congress does not do anything of the kind. Our metrosexual leadership could not take it.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 11:00:26 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Steelfish
Wasn't Crimea part of Russia, until Nikita Khrushchev inexplicably made it part of the Ukraine in the 1950s?

(The Russian legend is he was drunk when he did it)

6 posted on 03/01/2014 11:02:14 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: ex-snook
Hey, our Guy is leading again,....from behind... lets see what Europe does,.
7 posted on 03/01/2014 11:03:42 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Steelfish
No worries NYT and the rest of the world! We here in the US are enjoying our Happy Hour with the 1st World President Obama who is busy lowering the world's oceans, yada, yada, yada.

Oh yes, and to earn his Nobel Peace Prize, he reducing our military to before WW2 strength. Happy Days are here again!

8 posted on 03/01/2014 11:04:51 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: nickcarraway

Yup. And now Ukraine is rapidly unraveling as a country. Its too soon to say how all this will play out but I don’t expect the crisis to be resolved any time soon.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 11:05:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: nickcarraway

Khrushchev was still involved in the bitter power struggle that took place after Stalin’s death.

He was Premier of the Ukrainian SSR under Stalin, and Ukrainians held him responsible for much of what went on there.

So as a gesture, he wanted to win them over by a cheap political gesture of “giving” Ukraine The Crimea....Although in the Soviet Union, it really didn’t matter which SSR had control, Moscow was still going to call the shots there.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 11:06:15 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Steelfish
"PRESENT!"
11 posted on 03/01/2014 11:12:22 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Steelfish
The comments are interesting. The left just doesn't get it. A true Reaganesque leader has a tone that demands respect. That tone is backed up by one hell of a stick that will be wielded if necessary.

Obama is a brat child that was elected and then reelected by brat children. In left wing verbiage, brat children are “Knuckleheads”.

12 posted on 03/01/2014 11:15:01 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: DonaldC

I’m sure you would have agreed with Hitlers occupation of the Sudetenland too.


13 posted on 03/01/2014 11:20:05 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: Kozak
I’m sure you would have agreed with Hitlers occupation of the Sudetenland too.

And you DON'T? The Germans needed LIVING ROOM! Let GERMANY BE GERMANY!!!!1!!

14 posted on 03/01/2014 11:22:22 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Kozak
"I’m sure you would have agreed with Hitlers occupation of the Sudetenland too."

Do you think we should formally declare wsr against Russia?

15 posted on 03/01/2014 11:23:04 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Steelfish

There is nothing the US can or should do in Ukraine, unfortunately, given our current leadership.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 11:24:06 AM PST by Argus
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To: ex-snook

Why a declaration of war?

We haven’t passed one since 1941.


17 posted on 03/01/2014 11:25:30 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: Argus

What we should have been doing is arranging for fair negotiations between the two countries when there was still a chance to properly resolve the “Crimea Question.”


18 posted on 03/01/2014 11:25:46 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Come on, Kerry has been busy threatening countries if they don’t bend over for gays.


19 posted on 03/01/2014 11:28:44 AM PST by dforest
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To: 353FMG
"Why a declaration of war?"

It unites the Country per the Constitution.

20 posted on 03/01/2014 11:29:38 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: dforest

I did say “when there was still a chance”, which meant before January of 2009.


21 posted on 03/01/2014 11:32:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Argus
There is nothing the US can or should do in Ukraine, unfortunately, given our current leadership.

Sure there is (had we started 5 years ago). From the NYT article comments section: "The Obama administration has been in total disarray regarding foreign affairs (domestic affairs need not pertain to this discussion) since it came into power. Held hostage by the left, this administration has not been willing to recognize that fossil fuels are a geo-political weapon the West can employ to effect desired foreign policy goals of expanding freedom and democracy. Had Obama fully leveraged the growing energy output that the US currently enjoys, he, in concert with our allies, could have reduced Putin's execrable petro-state significantly by influencing global commodity markets. Sadly, Obama and his less than competent staff do not understand how to effect policy in a nasty world and his ineptitude only magnifies his impotence."

In other words, we could have won this war without firing a shot, had someone competent been in charge. Sarah Palin comes to mind, she saw this coming all the way from her house in Alaska...
22 posted on 03/01/2014 11:45:28 AM PST by lump in the melting pot (Half-brother is Watching You!)
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To: nickcarraway

Was he not drunk? Ever?


23 posted on 03/01/2014 11:50:47 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: dfwgator

That would be Mrs. Clinton who was busy dancing about the globe with natives. Can’t think of anything significant she ever did.


24 posted on 03/01/2014 12:16:24 PM PST by dforest
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