Russian troops take over Crimea, Ukrainian troops on alert, world powers scramble to respond

By End the Lie

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2009 (Image credit: World Economic Forum/Flickr)

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2009 (Image credit: World Economic Forum/Flickr)

Events have escalated rapidly in the Ukraine in Saturday with Russian troops taking over the Crimea region, the Ukrainian military being placed on combat alert and Putin receiving authorization to use force in Crimea.

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This comes just a day after it was reported that Russian troops seized an airport in Crimea, though Russian officials denied the reports at the time.

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World powers are now scrambling to respond to the events with a United Nations Security Council meeting, a NATO meeting to be held on Sunday and the White House national security team meeting to discuss potential options.

“President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine,” according to the White House.

“President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act,” the White House said, according to The Telegraph. “The United States condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.”

The White House statement continued by stating that the U.S. is calling on Russia to “de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.”

Obama reportedly said that Russia should have international observers dispatched to Crimea if there are concerns about the Russian population there.

“President Obama urged an immediate effort to initiate a dialogue between Russia and the Ukrainian government, with international facilitation, as appropriate. The United States is prepared to participate,” the White House statement said.

Obama said that the move into the Ukraine would “negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community.”

The U.S. will be consulting with several multinational bodies immediately and will suspend upcoming participation in preparatory meetings for the G-8.

“Going forward, Russia’s continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation,” the statement said.

Notably, the statement said that Obama has directed the administration to immediately work with international partners on delivering the new Ukrainian government “urgent technical and financial assistance.”

The Russian account said that Putin drew Obama’s attention “to the provocative and criminal actions on the part of ultranationalists who are in fact being supported by the current authorities in Kiev.”

If any further violence spreads to Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, “Russia retains the right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking population of those areas,” the Kremlin said.

The new Ukrainian government was reportedly powerless to resist the Russian move to fly in additional troops to protect their interests in the Crimea region, according to the Associated Press.

The troop movement might not be limited to Crimea. Voice of America reports that the Russian upper house of parliament gave Russian President Vladimir Putin authorization without specifying where in the country the troops were to be deployed.

RIA Novosti, a Russian state-run news agency, said that there has been a massive spike in applications from Ukrainian citizens seeking refuge.

“The head of the [Russian Federal Migration Service’s] citizenship department, Valentina Kazakova, said 143,000 people had applied for asylum in the last two weeks of February alone,” RIA Novosti reported.

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6 Responses to Russian troops take over Crimea, Ukrainian troops on alert, world powers scramble to respond

  1. Jay Kenney March 2, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    These Ukraine/Russian troubles date back to the 18th Century when Russia ripped away the Tartar territories. We best just stay out of it and let the Russians get themselves mired in a Ukrainian civil war. Supply the Ukrainians with arms and supplies. That’s it.

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  2. From Australia March 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    The US and EU are a piece of shit! THEY started this conflict by funding a Neo-Con uprising, funded to the tune of 5 billion as stated by the whore known as Secretary Of State, Ms Nuland! Not only that, the Neo-Cons don’t represent the whole of Ukraine. It was a staged coup funded by the US. This in itself breaks International Law (subversion and sedition)

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  3. From Germany March 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Obama got it back to front. The US and EU consciously financed and instigated a coup, deposing a democratically elected president. Nuland said as much in her intercepted phone call. And now they expect Russia to respect the outcome coz it suits the interests of the Neocons and Zionists like Soros/Nuland? Why should Putin do that?

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    • Jay Kenney March 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Your response to me makes no sense given what I posted. As a student of history, I am neither shocked nor surprised that the Ukrainian/Russian issue has been revived with the assistance of the US and other Western nations. Hell, we have been doing that for 100’s of years and we keep getting bit in the ass. My point is, if the Ukraine is going to collapse into civil war, Putin and the Russians have no more right to intervene than we do. Like it or not, the Ukraine is a sovereign state. Neither side has any business getting involved. Obama is wrong. Putin is wrong.

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  4. Steven Berry March 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    As an alternative news sources, you’ll know that: “Russia’s Black Sea fleet is stationed in Ukraine under bilateral agreements signed in the late 1990s. They specify that Russia can host up to 25,000 troops, 388 vessels, including 14 diesel submarines, and 106 aircrafts, including 22 military planes, on Ukrainian territory.” Russia pays $98 million annually for this.

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    • Jay Kenney March 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Please edit your comments before you post them…please :)

      Reply

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