Skip to comments.Crimeans vote on union with Russia as troops build up rapidly
Posted on 03/16/2014 9:58:15 AM PDT by Errant
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/KIEV (Reuters) - Crimeans voted in a referendum on Sunday on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, with Kiev accusing Moscow of rapidly building up its armed forces on...
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Amazing what fear can do.
All Russia needs now is a legal fig leaf to make its covert troop presence legal.
The referendum will be a prelude to Russian troops openly displaying official patches on their uniforms again.
And they were invited by the Crimeans to protect them.
Have you read the tweets? Start reading them upward from 02:00 EDT. I’m surprised they didn’t bring their chickens to vote also.
The turnout for the referendum in Crimea at 5.p.m. local time was 70%. The vote will be closed at 8.p.m. Fabrizio Berto, a member of the European Parliament, who came to Crimea to monitor the referendum, said: I have seen no violations there. People have been voting as usual. Nothing out of the ordinary. Everything is like at elections in Italy. The way it should be everywhere.
The official referendum turnout to be valid is 50+1%. I think the reported figure is genuine.
Option One should get better than 80%. Its all over but you knew that already.
No, no, no. That picture is of a third world location.
Why would any non-suicidal resident of the Crimea vote to remain in the Ukraine now that Vladimir Putin has made it clear he intends to invade the Ukraine and smash any opposition to a Russian takeover?
One way or another, the Crimeans will be under Russian rule. Their only choice is if they want to be dead or alive when the Russian flag is raised over Kiev. Choosing life means choosing to appease the Russian bear today with a Yes vote.
If life in the new, expanded Russia does not meet with the Crimeans’ approval, they can mount an organized opposition movement — not the kind of ad hoc radical uprising by a crazed mob of arsonists that took place in Kiev and wound up igniting Vladimir Putin’s wrath, which is now leading NOT to freedom and democracy but to the crushing of the entire Ukraine.
In USA, they only gave obamafoams.
On a serious note, what were the other people bribed with?
How many hours is Crimea ahead of the US.?
I believe the real question will be if Russia has its sights on Eastern Ukraine as well.
Looks like they understand the value of strongly worded “threats” from Obama and Kerry...
It's on the Eastern European Time (EET) 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Currently they haven't gone back on daylight savings time, so they are temporarily 6 hours ahead of EDT. They are 1 hour behind Moscow time and 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
I'm fairly certain that since Kiev is the seat of Ukrainian independence, they'll take Kiev and with it, the rest of the Ukraine.
Then Putin will promise that's all he wants, and after all, it was to protect ethnic Russians in Crimea. And Horseface Kerry will get a "treaty" signed stating that's all Putin wanted, and will wave it around in victory, claiming "Peace in our time!"
History repeats itself. Last time, it was The Sudatenland, this time, Ukraine. Same 5#it, different era, only the names and geography have changed.
I believe Russia would do a better job of handling thugs like that than our race baiting JustUs department did.
A couple more hours until the polls close at 8:00 PM their time then.
I think they have their sights on the whole of the former Warsaw Pact countries that used to be Soviet satellites. I've gotten reports that the Russians are sending in lots of men and supplies to Moldova which is located between Romania and Ukraine.
They’re starting already
Are they voting for YES - A or YES - B? NO does not appear on the referendum.