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Ukraine crisis: Crimea leader appeals to Putin for help
BBC ^ | March 1, 2014

Posted on 03/01/2014 6:45:23 PM PST by Jim Robinson

The unofficial pro-Moscow leader of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace.

A Kremlin source said it would "not leave unnoticed" the request from Sergiy Aksyonov.

Reports speak of a clash overnight in Crimea's capital and an attempt to seize a Ukrainian missile base.

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, accused Russia of seeking to provoke an escalation.

He was speaking at the first meeting of his cabinet, installed after the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych. New Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh accused Russia of "recently" deploying 6,000 extra soldiers to Ukraine.

US President Barack Obama warned Moscow against any military intervention as unidentified soldiers, thought to be Russian, fanned out in the south of the peninsula, surrounding airports and communications centres.

According to Mr Aksyonov, soldiers from Russia's Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea are helping to guard strategic buildings. But the fleet's press service only told a Russian news agency Ria-Novosti it would help guard fleet installations.

Under the agreement governing the presence of the fleet in Crimea, the Russians must co-ordinate all troop movements outside the fleet's base areas with the Ukrainian authorities beforehand.

The head of Russia's upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, said she could not rule out the dispatch of a "limited contingent" of troops to Crimea to "guarantee the security of the Black Sea Fleet and Russian citizens living on the territory of Crimea".

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


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

1 posted on 03/01/2014 6:45:23 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
Obama foreign policy in theory and practice...


2 posted on 03/01/2014 6:46:33 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: caww; maggief; Chode; Jet Jaguar; All

Ping a roo


3 posted on 03/01/2014 6:47:57 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Jim Robinson

4 posted on 03/01/2014 6:50:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Exactly what is an “autonomous republic?”


5 posted on 03/01/2014 6:51:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SevenofNine

Send lawyers, guns, and money...


6 posted on 03/01/2014 6:51:18 PM PST by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: SevenofNine

Bump


7 posted on 03/01/2014 6:51:20 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Joe 6-pack

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” - Yogi Berra


8 posted on 03/01/2014 6:52:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DanielRedfoot

I think be in 3 2 1 on Lawyers


9 posted on 03/01/2014 6:52:59 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: BenLurkin

Ukraine is a unitary state so autonomy was given to the Russian Crimea to calm separatist passions.

For awhile it helped. But Russians were never happy about the arrangement and they chafed living in someone else’s country.

No worry; Mother Russia has the fix for it.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 6:54:45 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ex KGB as savior and protector of the oppressed of the west. Half the world will buy it.


11 posted on 03/01/2014 6:59:22 PM PST by No One Special
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To: Jim Robinson

Anschluss.


12 posted on 03/01/2014 7:04:08 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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13 posted on 03/01/2014 7:05:11 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: BenLurkin
An autonomous republic might be what the Bosnian Serbs have as a result of the Dayton Accords--technically still part of Bosnia but I think effectively free of any control from Sarajevo. I could be wrong about that.

Closer to home, parts of Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia) are occupied by Russian troops and effectively outside the control of the government of Georgia. That could be what Putin has in mind for the Crimea. He may not care if the rest of the world recognizes the de facto arrangement. Or the control of Crimea may be meant to be a step towards bringing all of Ukraine under his control.

14 posted on 03/01/2014 7:19:42 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: BenLurkin

Yogi Berra is the greatest living American philosopher.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 7:21:05 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

I think Putin wouldn’t go that far.

But there’s no way the Russians would allow Ukraine to go completely free without getting the Crimea back...Any Russian leader who allowed this would have been overthrown faster than you could say “Borscht.”


16 posted on 03/01/2014 7:21:33 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SevenofNine
here it comes...
17 posted on 03/01/2014 7:22:37 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: goldstategop
How about the 25%.ethnic Ukrainians and 15% Tartars ( who will HATE being part of Russia)?

Putins playing a dangerous game considering this...

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18 posted on 03/01/2014 7:38:03 PM 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

Russia is a multinational state. That is how it has defied predictions of a breakup. Russians are the core of the state but there are more than 100 different nationalities in Russia. So the complex nature of Ukraine is not new for the Russians.


19 posted on 03/01/2014 7:46:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dfwgator

Yes. In all of Russia there’s only one warm water port... Crimea.

Obama’s meddling in Ukraine has, and could only have, brought disaster upon the Ukrainians.


20 posted on 03/01/2014 7:47:54 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Right on cue, just the way he and Putin rehearsed it.


21 posted on 03/01/2014 7:48:13 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Jim Robinson

Germans “under attack” in Czech Sudetenland?


22 posted on 03/01/2014 9:00:11 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: jobim

mein gott!


23 posted on 03/01/2014 9:01:23 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Wo De Tian! (Mien Gott in Chinese, the 2nd language I know)


24 posted on 03/01/2014 9:14:59 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: jobim

sounds like a good name for a rock ban

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25 posted on 03/01/2014 9:16:49 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: jobim

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26 posted on 03/01/2014 9:20:43 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: goldstategop

Russia has been known as the “Prison of Nations” since Tsarist times. You don’t think many of those ethnic groups within Russia don’t long for a nation of their own or unification with an existing national state? They’re just good at imperialism.


27 posted on 03/02/2014 3:41:54 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

And Ukraine call up their military reserves

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/ukraine-calls-up-all-military-reserves-201432102620995825.html


28 posted on 03/02/2014 8:26:42 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Jim Robinson
Crimea:

1. Autonomous republic within Ukraine
2. Transferred from Russia in 1954
3. Ethnic Russians - 58.5%
4. Ethnic Ukrainians - 24.4%
5. Crimean Tatars - 12.1%

Source: Ukraine census 2001

So, what would be wrong with returning Crimea to Russia and letting the rest of Ukraine remain independent?

29 posted on 03/02/2014 9:03:08 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus
So, what would be wrong with returning Crimea to Russia (like it was until 1954) and letting the rest of Ukraine remain independent?


30 posted on 03/02/2014 9:07:28 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus
So, what would be wrong with returning Crimea to Russia and letting the rest of Ukraine remain independent?

A Ukrainian might argue, reasonably, what would be wrong with returning California to Mexico and allowing the other 49 states to remain in the USA?

31 posted on 03/02/2014 9:11:38 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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