Skip to comments.Ukraine Puts Troops on High Alert, Threatening War
Posted on 03/02/2014 10:58:00 AM PST by Navy Patriot
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday in response to Russias move to seize control of the Crimean Peninsula, and it threatened war against Moscow if the Kremlin made further incursions into Ukrainian territory as Western powers scrambled to find a response to the crisis.
This is the red alert, this is not a threat, this is actually a declaration of war to my country, Ukraines prime minister, Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, told reporters in English, a day after Russias parliament approved the deployment of troops to any part of Ukraine where Moscow deems Russians are in danger. He warned that Ukraine was on the brink of disaster and appealed to the international community to stand by Kiev.
As Ukrainians gathered in central Kiev for a large patriotic rally, Russian troops without badges and pro-Russian self-defense forces surrounded some Ukrainian military bases in Crimea, urging the soldiers and sailors to defect to the new authorities not recognized by Kiev. There was tension and discussion, but no violence from either side.
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the Ukrainians are crazy if they start a fight with the Russian Army . Don’t even go there . Better to partition the country along ethic and linguistic lines peacefully and show the world it can be done . Like Czechoslovakia. No shame , orderly division and new , separate national identities. Stop trying to force square pegs into round holes .
That’s what I have been saying! After all, 58% of the people in Crimea are ethnic Russians, and Crimea was part of Russia until 1954.
Only reason Crimea is part of the Ukraine, is Khrushchev, who was still locked in a power struggle after Stalin’s death, wanted to make nice with the Ukrainians he brutally ruled over.
Just curious, are you referring to Czech post cold break-up or are you referring to Hitler's advance on Czech "to protect ethnic German's". Because we all know how peace in our time worked out so well then...
no no , I am referring when the Czech’s decided to partition into the Czech Republic and Slovakia , and internal initiative , as Ukraines could be also , and entirely peaceful . No blood shed
The “Velvet Divorce”.
Havel was a great man for acknowledging the realities and didn’t fight it. Too bad there aren’t more like him.
***Only reason Crimea is part of the Ukraine***
Why is this a US problem? It should be a British-French problem as they have been there before. Send in the Light Brigade!
Western Ukraine will ask for Western military intervention, several vetoes will disable the UN, then European NATO nations get to volunteer to be the battlefield.
By inviting in ethnic groups from “diverse” countries we have set ourselves up for the same partitioning along ethnic lines. No, diversity is NOT good. Nobody ever fought because they were too similar.
I agree, these issues should have been settled back in the 90s, did the Ukrainians really think Russia was going to give up their claims on The Crimea and the Donetsk region?
I just got off the phone with my friends in Europe. Interesting conversation, it seems that the area where Putin is sending in troops is ethnically 75% Russian, who speak Russian not Ukraine. In 1954 Krushchev gave that territory to the Ukraine, which my friends think was while he was under the influence of too much vodka. It is also a strategic location for Russia as it is there that they have access to their naval assets. (But we already know that.) They don’t think Putin wants all of the Ukraine, just a guarantee that he has unrestricted access to the ports. Sorta reminds me of 1939 Danzig, hopefully it will end peacefully.
Big difference. Hitler just didn't want Danzig...That was just a pretext for destroying Poland as a whole.
Putin truly just wants the primarily Russian speaking regions. I think then he doesn't care what the rest of Ukraine does.
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True, Khrushchev needed to consolidate his power, so he favored Ukraine to make up for past abuses, and gain their support. It wasn't just a whim, and there was little ethnic compatibility among the consolidated groups.
If the West accepts the partition of Ukraine, with Russia keeping the South, East and all seacoast, there will be no war.
You be right.