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Rogers: Troop movement, 'covert operation' suggests Putin not finished in Ukraine
FOX News ^ | March 30, 2014

Posted on 03/30/2014 8:54:42 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing telltale signs that he intends to extend his control over Ukraine and perhaps elsewhere in Eastern Europe, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday.

Beyond assembling military armor and tens of thousands of troops along the Russia-Ukraine border, Putin is moving troops in northern Georgia and planting intelligence officers in Ukraine, the Michigan Republican told “Fox News Sunday.”

He said Russian troops in the northern region of Georgia, known as South Ossetia, are on the move, perhaps to go into Armenia or toward the Baltic Sea.

“There’s no way I’d take this as any other way than [Putin] is working for a land bridge,” Rogers said.

He said the Russian president also is engaged in a more “covert operation” by sending intelligence officers and special forces into eastern Ukraine to try to convince citizens to allow Russia to annex their country, like Putin did with Ukraine’s Crimea region earlier this month.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: bhorussia; crimea; federalukraine; mikerogers; obama; putin; russia; ukraine; ukrainecrisis

1 posted on 03/30/2014 8:54:43 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

There are demonstrations - FSB organized no doubt, in eastern and southern Ukraine calling for a federal solution.

Russia is covertly pushing events in Ukraine in the desired direction.


2 posted on 03/30/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GeronL; txhurl; nuconvert; KC_Lion

Ping.


3 posted on 03/30/2014 8:57:48 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Jim Robinson

But, but, but Obama’s golf game is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than Russian aggression! Why don’t the serfs in this country realize that??? (do I really need a sarcasm tag here?)


4 posted on 03/30/2014 9:00:20 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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Rogers has announced that he will not seek re-election after his current term is up. He also will not run for the Senate seat opened up by Levin's retirement.

Mike Rogers has announced that he is going to start a national radio program.

I no longer care what Rogers has to say.

5 posted on 03/30/2014 9:09:05 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Nazis were moving a lot of units around on the Russian border in June 1941, on the pretext of replacing “exhausted troops”.

We all know where that went ...


6 posted on 03/30/2014 9:09:57 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Jim Robinson

Putin see’s three more years of weakness as a green light to do whatever he wants. IMO he is going to push further than most realize, secure in the knowledge that there will be no resistance, consequences or any cost to pay. Putin has measured Obama and Europe and found them to be pushovers.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 9:16:21 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Jim Robinson
Complex nearby situation:


8 posted on 03/30/2014 9:20:20 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Yo-Yo

I can’t help but think there are reasons for Rogers quitting Congess other than wanting to start a radio talk show. Whatever, I’m glad he’s going. He’s the only congresscritter I ever asked for help, and I didn’t even get the courtesy of an acknowledgment and, yes, I’m in his district.


9 posted on 03/30/2014 10:46:29 AM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: Jim Robinson

Russian troops on the move in Georgia now! Where is the MSM? Covering the lost airplane and the bodies in the mud in WA and pretending that Putin bowed to pressure from Barry when Putin initiated the most recent call.

Spineless Barry and toothless EU has spread the US military son thin in theater that Putin has decided to grab as much of the old USSR as he can before the next US sheriff arrives in Jan. 2017...just as Palin and even Romney predicted.

Don’t think for a minute that the Russians aren’t aware that 70 years ago this month the Soviets were liberating Moldova, including Trans-Dniester and large parts of Ukraine from the Nazis. Millions of Russians lost their lives losing and then winning back the Ukraine.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 11:42:55 AM PDT by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: be-baw
and, yes, I’m in his district.

As am I.

11 posted on 03/30/2014 1:08:33 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Jim Robinson

And don’t forget that Putin has Russian troops in motion in Transnistria (yes, it’s a real place) less than 10 miles from the WESTERN border of Ukraine.

http://www.ibtimes.com/russia-conducts-military-exercises-moldovas-breakaway-region-transnistria-near-ukraines-western


12 posted on 03/30/2014 2:43:09 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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On the strategic level, would this not be the perfect time for Russia to go on the offensive, in a massive way?

Nobody has a truly war-ready military. What military force is left over from the Cold War is now reaching obsolescence, with no nation (except perhaps China) having more new equipment than old.

Worse, both Europe and the U.S. have given up so much industrial and financial capacity that it would take months or even years to build a war capacity.

With what they have on the ground right now, Russia could gain a lot of real estate before anybody could hope to stop them. Putin holds a lot of cards!


13 posted on 03/30/2014 7:36:29 PM PDT by DNME (This is the government our Founders warned us about.)
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