Putin recognizes Crimea as independent state as Crimea moves closer to joining Russia

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Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk meet with Secretary of State John Kerry (Image credit: usembassykyiv/Flickr)

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk meet with Secretary of State John Kerry (Image credit: usembassykyiv/Flickr)

The Crimean parliament formally requested Moscow to annex the region on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized Crimea as a sovereign independent state.

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On Sunday, Putin said that the Crimean people expressed their will in accordance with international law and the United Nations charter, while President Barack Obama said the international community will “never recognize” the results of the referendum.

On Monday, the United States and European Union imposed sanctions on Russian officials just as promised earlier this month.

The decree signed by Putin on Monday officially recognized Crimea as a “sovereign and independent state” as the result of the “will of the people of Crimea” expressed in the referendum, ITAR-Tass news agency reported, according to USA Today.

Kiev responded to the latest events by mobilizing tens of thousands of reservists in an effort to counter the “blatant aggression” of Russia in Crimea, USA Today reports. The mobilization is also part of an effort to protect from potential Russian troop movement into southern and eastern Ukraine.

“What has taken place is a seizure, blatant aggression, the seizure by Russia of parts of the territory of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol,” Ukrainian defense minister Andriy Purubiy said.

Purubiy said that said that 40,000 have already volunteered to join the new government’s national guard, which was just established days ago.

“Many paramilitary groups such as Pravy Sektor, an extreme-right group present at anti-government protests that toppled Ukraine’s former president in February have also been independently preparing for war,” USA Today reports.

Despite the Crimean referendum, Ukrainian leaders have said they will not cede any part of the peninsula and have called on troops to prepare for war, according to the Kyiv Post.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said the new Ukrainian government would do “everything possible” to bring about a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

However, Turchynov announced that there has been a partial mobilization of Ukraine’s armed forces.

He said Ukrainians “have to unite in one big family, which is ready to protect its home,” according to CNN.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told CNN that there is “a strong possibility” of Russia invading Ukraine.

Turchynov said that while his country was willing to hold talks with Russia, they “will never accept the annexing of our territory.”

The Daily Beast reports that the Security Service of Ukraine arrested a group led by a Ukrainian citizen who were allegedly scoping out three of the most critical military divisions in Kherson, a city in Southern Ukraine.

“In Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, press reports from the ground say that Russian provocateurs have attacked Ukrainians who organized anti-Russian street protests,” The Daily Beast reports.

Unnamed U.S. officials reportedly told the Daily Beast that the forces behind the operations are likely Spetsnaz, the Russian special forces.

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One Response to Putin recognizes Crimea as independent state as Crimea moves closer to joining Russia

  1. Jay Kenney March 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    What does the “international community” want. Objective international observers who were, “boots-on-the-ground,” reported no government coercion; i.e., Russians. 80% of registered Crimean voters, voted 95%+ to exercise their right to self determination.

    EVERYBODY OUT! Let Ukraine and Crimea work this out for themselves. This situation will undoubtedly descend into civil war, and neither the US or Russia has a stellar record when it comes to involving themselves in another nation’s civil war. I “think” Bob Dylan wrote something about this.

    j

    :(

    Reply

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