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  • Putin's 'Human Rights Council' Accidentally Posts Real Crimean Election Results

    05/07/2014 11:46:45 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies ^ | 5/05/2014 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    As you may recall, the official Crimean election results, as reported widely in the Western press, showed a 97 percent vote in favor of annexation with a turnout of 83 percent. No international observers were allowed. The pro-Russia election pressure would have raised the already weak vote in favor of annexation, of course. Yesterday, however, according to a major Ukrainian news site,, the website of the President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights (shortened to President’s Human Rights Council) posted a report that was quickly taken down as if it were toxic radioactive waste. According to...
  • Putin’s Crimean Medal of Honor, Forged Before the War Even Began

    04/26/2014 6:21:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04.25.14 | Will Cathcart
    On that side, there’s an emblem of the Russian Federation’s ministry of defense. Below that, this inscription: “For the return of Crimea 20.02.14 - 03.18.14.” Yet how could the dates of Crimea’s “liberation” have begun on February 20th? An image of the medal was quickly removed from the Russian defense ministry’s website after the ceremony on March 25, but the damage was done. How could Crimea have been “liberated” in an operation beginning on February 20, the day on which a bloody assault against the Maidan protesters began in Kiev, killing nearly 100 people? Even more perplexing is that Viktor...
  • Republicans Declare Harry Reid 'Unhinged,' After He Says They May Have Helped Russia Annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 7:42:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-24-14 | Brett Logiuratu
    A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "unhinged" on Monday, after Reid charged Republicans may have had a helping hand in emboldening Russia to annex Crimea. "Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases," Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. "It's impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice." Reid was referring to the stalling of a Ukraine aid...
  • One of last Ukrainian military bases in Crimea falls; commander's whereabouts unknown (UPDATE)

    03/24/2014 5:31:02 AM PDT · by · 3 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 24, 2014, 1:50 p.m. | Lily Hyde
    FEODOSIA, Crimea -- It started at about 4:15 a.m. on March 24, with dull explosions echoing over Feodosia. Russian soldiers and Russian-backed Crimean self-defense forces threw stun grenades into the territory of the Ukrainian 1st Separate Marine Battalion. Two helicopters circled and hovered. There was machine-gun fire from the Russian side, and fists from the Ukrainian side. But the base was quickly taken by three Russian armored personnel carriers full of special-force troops. By then, there were 60-80 Ukrainian marine holdouts left at the base, out of a full complement of 300 marines. However, the marines say their commander, Dmitry...
  • Natalia Poklonskaya she is the Putins new sexy prosecutor assigned by Russian for Crimea

    03/19/2014 10:15:49 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 94 replies
    March 13 deputies of the Supreme Council of Crimea approved the 33-year-old Sexy Natalia Poklonskaya as prosecutor of Crimea Prior to his appointment Poklonskaya served as chief prosecutor of a department of the Main Department of the Attorney General in Simferopol. Immediately after the appointment of Ms. Poklonskaya gave a press conference broadcast STRC “Crimea”, where, in particular, called the Kiev authorities “devils from the ashes.” Geprokuratura Ukraine has accused his former employee of complicity in actions aimed at the seizure of state power, and started her criminal case. Also add that the prosecutor of the Crimea – a passionate...
  • Obama reveals Final Four bracket picks

    03/19/2014 7:45:31 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Obama reveals Final Four bracket picks By: Tal Kopan March 19, 2014 06:12 AM EDT As America settles in for another round of March Madness, its basketball fan in chief is releasing his bracket for the NCAA College Basketball Championships. President Barack Obama’s Final Four picks for the men’s and women’s tournaments were revealed Tuesday night, with the full bracket set to be revealed at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, according to ESPN. Obama chose No. 1 seeds Arizona and Florida, No. 4 seeds Louisville and Michigan State to make it to the men’s Final Four. “I know these are not...
  • Obama Blows Off National Security Meeting to Attend Film Festival

    03/17/2014 4:13:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 70 replies ^ | March 2, 2014 | Jennifer Burke
    The Weekly Standard reported yesterday that, despite the invasion of Ukraine by Russia as well as Putin calling Obama’s bluff after the ‘stern warning’ given to Russia, Barack Obama failed to attend his National Security Team meeting to discuss the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Instead, he was later ‘briefed’ by Susan Rice. According to Todd Starnes from FOX News, rather than attend the security briefing, Obama instead ‘attended a White House Film Festival where pool reporters said he socialized with second graders.’ Prior to the terrorist attack at Benghazi, Obama demonstrated a pattern of missing his security intelligence meetings....
  • Ukrainian government refuses to remove troops from Crimea, prepares for war

    03/17/2014 1:55:50 PM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | March 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. | | Isaac Webb
    In the wake of a March 16 referendum in which Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation, Ukrainian leaders refused to cede any part of the peninsula, calling on their troops to prepare for war. “Crimea was, is, and will be our territory,” said Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh in a statement delivered at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center on March 17. Former heavyweight boxing champion and leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Vitali Klitschko announced that Ukrainian troops would remain at their bases, even after March 21, the end of a peace treaty signed by the interior ministries...
  • How will things change in Crimea if it joins Russia?

    03/16/2014 12:31:40 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 51 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | 3.15.2014 | Tiffany Harness
    Let’s start with money matters. Who will pay the pensions of retirees who paid into the Ukrainian system? Voters are being told that Russia will assume the obligations for all pensions, with a big leap in benefits. For example, the average monthly pension in Russia is said to be about $270, almost double the $150 paid in the average Ukrainian’s monthly pension. And the retirement age will drop by five years, to 60 for men and 55 for women. And what about schools? Schoolchildren are expected to get new history books with a more outsize section on Russian history...
  • Rand Paul’s Crimea Flip Flops Disqualify Him For the Presidency

    03/13/2014 10:42:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    Redstate ^ | March 12th, 2014 at 02:45 PM | streiff
    Just as the last refuge of the poltroon is patriotism, the last refuge of the GOP poltroon is comparing oneself with Reagan. WeÂ’ve seen this play on in humiliating clarity over the past several days with the behavior of freshman senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul concerning the Russian anschluss with Crimea.In the Beginning He Was Pacifist Back when the, we must note, popularly elected government of Ukraine president flamed out in a wave of popular protests, some Republicans, notably John McCain, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be warned not to take advantage of the situation. Rand Paul,...
  • Has Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine?

    03/13/2014 10:41:38 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3-8-2014 | Damien Gayle
    peculation was growing last night that American mercenaries had been deployed to Donetsk after videos emerged of unidentified armed men in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city. At least two videos published on YouTube earlier this week show burly, heavily armed soldiers with no insignia in the city, which has been gripped by pro-Moscow protests. In one of the videos onlookers can be heard shouting 'Blackwater! Blackwater!' as the armed men, who wear no insignia, jog through the streets....
  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest abducted in Crimea

    03/15/2014 12:20:27 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 03/15/2014 | n/a
    In a serious escalation of tension in Crimea, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest was kidnapped on Saturday. Sources in Ukraine say Father Mykola Kvych, a pastor and a Ukrainian military chaplain, was abducted by pro-Russian forces after celebrating the liturgy. Reports Saturday evening suggest Father Kvych may have been released, but those reports have not yet been confirmed. “Every abduction is a terrible event for everybody involved,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak, the Eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy. “It’s a gross violation of human rights and God-given human dignity.” He expressed his grave concern about the repercussions of the...
  • Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector, revolution's enforcers, rails against Putin & Jewish oligarchs

    03/15/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3/15/2014 | Matthew Schofield (McClatchy Foreign Staff)
    KIEV - The man Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast as one of Europe's potential new Adolf Hitlers is a little late for coffee this Saturday morning. Igor Mazur, or Topoyla (Poplar) as he's known because he's 6'7" is the leader of the Ukranian Right Sector at Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square. The Right Sector are the radical nationalists of this Ukranian Revolution. There are others: the right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party, for one, which has an actual political following, 12 percent of the vote in the last elections. It used to identify itself as a national socialist movement, just like the...
  • Ukraine Says It Has Repelled A Russian Army "Invasion"

    03/15/2014 11:58:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With a day left until the critical, if widely expected, results from the Crimean referendum are revealed, it is worth recalling the main footnote in last night's State Department travel alert for Russia: "all U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to the border region, specifically the regions bordering Ukraine in Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, and Rostov Oblasts and Krasnodar Krai, should be aware of the potential for escalation of tensions, military clashes (either accidental or intentional)." See, for the purpose of a military provocation, "accidental" will do. It is therefore not surprising to see that moments ago all...
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of fomenting violence in east

    03/15/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 27, 2014 | By Lina Kushch
    (Reuters) - The new governor of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk on Friday said Russians were behind violent clashes between rival demonstrators in which one man was killed, and accused Moscow of distorting the truth in its account of what happened. Russia warned it could move in to protect compatriots - a similar justification as used in last week's military takeover of Crimea. And Ukraine's acting president raised the alarm over a Russian troop build-up on the eastern border that has fuelled fears in Kiev of a broader invasion by its former Soviet ruler. "Sadly, we note that there...
  • Vlad's Excellent Autocratic Adventure

    03/15/2014 7:00:27 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 7 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 14, 2014 | Dakota Wood
    President Obama with Vladimir Putin. Photo: Pete Souza A great deal of ink has been spilt over the evolving situation in Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s de facto annexation of Crimea. At present, Crimea’s parliament has called for a public referendum to consider formal secession from Ukraine—the vote will be held on March 16.The Ukrainian government holds that Crimea’s upcoming referendum is unconstitutional, but no one in the Crimean government cares what Ukraine thinks. Regardless, the “popular vote” will likely result in Crimea’s separation from Ukraine for four reasons: 1) Crimea’s population is nearly 60 percent ethnic Russian;...
  • 50,000 rally in Moscow against Crimea intervention

    03/15/2014 9:53:41 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/15/2014 | Huw Griffith
    Moscow — Around 50,000 people rallied in central Moscow Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule. Waving both Ukrainian and Russian flags and shouting slogans heard during the anti-government protests in Kiev, the demonstrators urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull troops back from a Cold War-style confrontation. Marchers carried placards reading "Putin, get out of Ukraine" and others comparing Russia's move on Crimea with the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland as Europe rushed headlong into World War II.
  • White House Briefing with Press Sec. Jay Carney(VIDEO)

    03/14/2014 12:18:57 PM PDT · by gooblah · 8 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 14, 2014
    Spokesman Jay Carney said, “we are late in the game” regarding the situation in Crimea & Sunday’s referendum
  • Russia says intercepted US drone over Crimea: arms group

    03/14/2014 12:15:42 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 99 replies ^ | March 14 2014 | No Attribution
    A United States surveillance drone has been intercepted above the Ukranian region of Crimea, a Russian state arms and technology group said Friday. "The drone was flying at about 4,000 metres (12,000 feet) and was virtually invisible from the ground. It was possible to break the link with US operators with complex radio-electronic" technology, said Rostec in a statement. The drone fell "almost intact into the hands of self-defence forces" added Rostec, which said it had manufactured the equipment used to down the aircraft, but did not specify who was operating it.
  • Talks in London between Kerry and Lavrov end with impasse on Ukraine

    03/14/2014 11:24:10 AM PDT · by Errant · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 14 March 2014 | Anne Gearan and Kathy Lally
    Talks between U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the crisis in Ukraine reached an apparent impasse Friday, with Lavrov indicating afterward that the two had reached no “common vision” and Kerry saying that Moscow is determined to let a Crimean secession vote go ahead. Kerry told reporters that after six hours of talks with Lavrov, “the foreign minister made it clear that President [Vladimir] Putin is not prepared to make any decision regarding Ukraine until after the referendum on Sunday.” He referred to a Crimean vote on independence, which Crimean officials have...
  • Kerry Warns of 'Serious' Consequences If Referendum Proceeds

    03/13/2014 10:42:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 13, 2014 | by Andrea Mitchell
    Secretary of State John Kerry warned the U.S. and its allies will pursue a "serious series of steps" against Russia if a referendum on Crimea's status goes forward as planned this weekend. --SNIP-- The secretary also said the European community will meet on Monday, and that Obama had indicated he has a strong list of sanctions at the ready in the event that diplomacy doesn't break the stalemate over Ukraine and the Russian incursion into Crimea.
  • 7 Reasons why the Crimea has avoided bloodshed ....

    03/11/2014 10:20:42 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 21 replies
    Ipress, Ukraine ^ | 03.09.2014 | Alexander Briginets
    7 Reasons why the Crimea has avoided bloodshed and why region was and remains Ukrainian  by Alexander Briginets This top 7 reasons - is the result of my many meetings in the Crimea with people of different views and opinions. I am deeply convinced that the chances of implementation of Putin's scenario in Crimea are slim or nil. The first reason - the right decisions and heroism of Ukrainian soldiers. Russia was expecting 2 options: aggressive response with firearms or defection to the Russian side. All commanders without central guidance made the right decision - passive resistance. This is the...
  • Putin Dismisses U.S. Proposal on Ukraine (decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation)

    03/10/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has apparently rejected a U.S. proposal to resolve the dispute over Ukraine that had been put forward by Secretary of State John Kerry over the past week, according to senior Russian and U.S. officials.</p> <p>Mr. Putin's decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation to meet Mr. Putin in Russia, as early as the beginning of this week in Sochi, to discuss the Ukraine crisis, according to these officials.</p>
  • Russian ambassador: We’re making it easier for Latvian ethnic Russians to get citizenship

    03/10/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week, I warned that the next step for Russia after seizing the Crimea over the status of ethnic Russians would take place in the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia. All it would take, I argued, would be for Moscow to foment unrest in those ethnic-Russian communities, antagonize the governments in both states, and then insist that Russia had to intervene to protect them. More than a quarter of the population in both countries consist of ethnic Russians, while in Ukraine it only came to 18%.Now it looks like Moscow will skip over the unrest pretext and demand the...
  • Blocked by sunken Russian ships, Ukraine's navy stays defiant

    03/09/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/9/2014 | Katherine Haddon
    Russia has deliberately sunk three of its own ships to block Ukrainian navy vessels entering a lake off the Black Sea, officers say, highlighting Moscow's determination to wear down the morale of Kiev's forces in Crimea. The Ochakov -- a Soviet-era warship decommissioned in 2011 and set to be sold for scrap -- was towed to the entrance to Lake Donuzlav on Crimea's western coast from the Russian base at Sevastopol on Thursday and blown up. It capsized and, along with two smaller Russian vessels, is now blocking the narrow gap between two spits of land, its hull beaten by...
  • US deploys fighter jets to Poland, Lithuania (a massive force of 12 F-16s!!!)

    03/09/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/9/2014
    The United States is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets to Poland as a part of a training exercise, amid continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Polish defence ministry said on Sunday. Three hundred US service personnel will also be sent to Poland as part of the exercise. The deployment will be completed by Thursday. Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of State for Defence, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak agreed the deployment during a phone call, according to a statement from the Polish ministry. "The unit will be composed of 12 F-16 planes and will transport 300 soldiers,"...
  • Russian Troops Unload In Crimea As Russian Minister Rules Out Dialogue

    03/08/2014 12:05:27 PM PST · by Fennie · 122 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | March 8, 2014
    SEVASTOPOL, UKRAINE - Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists. The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter trailed one military convoy Saturday afternoon from 40 kilometres west of Feodosia to a military airfield at Gvardeiskoe north of Simferopol, over which a Russian flag flew. Some of the army green vehicles had...
  • Readout of President Obama's Call with President Putin

    03/06/2014 6:33:47 PM PST · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The White House ^ | Thursday, March 6, 2014
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 06, 2014 Readout of President Obama’s call with President Putin of Russia President Obama spoke for an hour this afternoon with President Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners. President Obama indicated that there is a way to resolve the situation diplomatically, which addresses the interests of Russia, the people of Ukraine, and the international community. As a part of that...
  • Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang'

    03/07/2014 2:21:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    reuters ^ | March 7, 2014 | BY STEVE GUTTERMAN AND ANDREW OSBORN
    (Reuters) - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm Russian-American relations, the foreign ministry said on Friday. "Sanctions...would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang," it added.
  • For First Time, Kremlin Signals It Is Prepared to Annex Crimea

    03/07/2014 2:11:30 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03-07-2014 | Rick Gladstone
    MOSCOW — Russia signaled for the first time on Friday that it was prepared to annex Crimea, significantly intensifying its confrontation with the West over the political crisis in Ukraine and threatening to undermine a system of respect for national boundaries that has helped keep the peace in Europe and elsewhere for decades. Leaders of both houses of Russia’s Parliament said that they would support a vote by Crimeans to break away from Ukraine and become a region of the Russian Federation, ignoring sanctions threats and warnings from the United States and other countries that a vote for secession would...
  • Obamas Arrive In S. FL For Visit At Coral Reef Senior High

    03/07/2014 11:21:04 AM PST · by maggief · 21 replies
    CBS Miami/AP ^ | March 7, 2014
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Students at Coral Reef High School in Southwest Miami-Dade will receive a presidential visit Friday. President Barack Obama, along with the First Lady Michelle Obama, arrived right on time at 1:40 p.m. at Homestead Air Reserve Base. The President pay the magnet high school a visit Friday afternoon to kick off a new effort to help students take the first step toward getting a college education. “It’s a historic event,” said student Sumaiya Khandaker. Mr. Obama, in a speech to the school’s seniors, will announce a new initiative to help students complete the Free Application for Federal...
  • OH NO! Obama may have to cut third vacation THIS YEAR ...

    03/07/2014 10:39:45 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 13 replies ^ | 4/7/14 | Eric Owens
    OH NO! Obama may have to cut third vacation THIS YEAR short because of Ukraine President Barack Obama, his wife and the first daughters may have to cut their latest vacation short because of Russia’s meddling in Ukraine. The Obama family’s current plan for the weekend is to escape the cold, snowy doldrums of Washington, D.C. for some rest and relaxation in sunny Key Largo, Fla., reports the Daily Mail. However, despite Obama’s earnest invocations of international law, pro-Russian forces and the Russian government are making swift military and political moves in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Consequently, the Key Largo holiday...
  • Ukrainian military abandoning bases in Crimea after being warned they are now “enemy combatants”

    03/06/2014 5:40:12 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 52 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | 3-7-14 | Charles Miranda
    RUSSIA has scuttled a decommisioned vessel in waters off the Crimean town of Myrnyi, effectively blocking access for five Ukrainian Naval ships harboured there. In the early hours of Thursday Russian naval personnel scuttled the decommissioned ship, Ochakov, blockading access for five Ukrainian Naval vessels now trapped inside the Southern Naval Headquarters. Russian war vessels continue to patrol the coast. The move by Russia’s navy comes amid reports that Ukrainian military in Crimea appear to be abandoning their bases. In an extraordinary development to the crisis now politically engulfing most of Europe, the Crimean regional government declared Ukrainian soldiers to...