Skip to comments.Ukraine sacks defence minister over Crimea
Posted on 03/26/2014 6:11:27 AM PDT by Zhang Fei
Ukraine's parliament sacked the crisis-hit country's besieged defence minister Tuesday after his forces began a humiliating withdrawal from Crimea without firing a shot against Russian forces who claimed the Black Sea peninsula.
Crimea's effective loss -- though recognised by no Western power -- has dealt a heavy psychological blow to many Ukrainians who have already spent the past years mired in corruption and economic malaise.
Ukraine's ground commanders in Crimea had complained bitterly of confusion among the top brass in Kiev since Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision on March 1 to seek the right to use force against his neighbour in response to last month's fall in Kiev of a pro-Kremlin regime.
Some 228 deputies in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada parliament supported Igor Tenyukh's dismissal after the acting defence minister tendered his resignation in an emotional address broadcast live to the nation of 46 million people.
Tenyukh also admitted that 14,500 of Ukraine's 18,800 soldiers in Crimea had informed their superiors they would prefer to remain on the peninsula as part of the Russian military -- a massive majority that underscores the demoralised state of Kiev's force.
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Almost 15,000 of the 18,000 Ukrainian troops stayed in Crimea.
Your offering is unworthy, I will exchange it for you, ...for a price.
The guys trying to save his skin. Has “0” to do with money.
I read that about 80% of Ukraine’s armed forces were loyal to Yanukovich and not the neo-Nazis who seized power in Kiev.
These numbers bear that out.
This is why the regime is now handing out guns and APC’s to West Ukrainians who are willing to fight for the regime.
That high a level of troop defection should be headline news in the West, but it isn’t.
“That high a level of troop defection should be headline news in the West, but it isnt.”
It says a LOT about what has been going on in Ukraine, for a while. People don’t make that kind of decision lightly.
And remember, this isn’t something that just came up overnight. The corruption in Ukraine has been on a scale that would make a Russian Oligarch blush for some time now.
Probably because it isn’t true.
No, I don’t think he’ll ever get over Crimea.
Yeah, you read it alright. Right out the Russian propaganda playbook, Putinist.
I read that almost 18,000 of the 15,000 Ukrainian troops stayed in Crimea.
That’s that “new math” stuff I’ve heard about, isn’t it?
Lots of Soviet apologists on Freerepublic these days. I guess 8 million starved Ukranians wasn’t enough to convince them of the “benevolence” of Ukraine’s Russian masters.
For a time, I thought I was the only one thinking that.
It pays to actually read the article before commenting doesn't it?
Sorry, I was looking at the word, “stayed.”
Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked, have been sacked.