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reply to post by trinityschild
I'll have to go looking for it, but late last night I came across a reputable source that Netenyahu had said US had not been tough enough over what's happened in Crimea, it sounded like a 'veiled threat' and I can't remember the details, but somehow it was linked to Syria.....I'll see if I can find it. I know it worried me a bit when I read it.
The United States Tuesday suspended operations of the Syrian Embassy in Washington D.C. and two other consulates telling diplomats and staff who are not U.S. citizens to leave the country. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the time has come
At the cabinet meeting Yatsenyuk asked his first vice PM Vitaliy Yarema and Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh to fly to Crimea immediately to de-escalate the crisis and try to prevent the conflict from turning into a military one.
The officials are on their way to the airport now.
by Philippa Stewart 5:36 AM
Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said on Wednesday that senior Ukrainian officials dispatched to the region by the government in Kiev amid tension between military forces would not be allowed to enter, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
"They are not wanted in Crimea. Nobody will let them into Crimea, they will be sent back," Interfax quoted Aksyonov as saying.
by Philippa Stewart 5:51 AM
reply to post by MyMindIsMyOwn
I'd be very surprised if that situation doesn't change. I might be wrong, but I suspect Putin will be advising "keep your enemies closer....talk with them"
Unconfirmed reports coming in that the gates of Novozyornoe base have been rammed down by a tractor being driven by pro-Russian forces.
Ukrainian soldiers remain inside for now.
by Philippa Stewart 6:25 AM
Members of Svoboda barged their way into the offices of Aleksandr Panteleymonov, the acting president of the National Television Company of Ukraine on Tuesday night.
They were angry that public broadcaster, First National Channel, had broadcast the Russian Parliament signing a treaty with Crimea on Tuesday.
reply to post by ProfessorT
I feel sorry for the Ukranian soldiers left/stranded in Crimea as they are getting no direction from Kiev. Secondly, as one of my earlier posts, Putin has made it very clear where Russia stands on Ukranian soldiers in Crimea. So no doubt the Ukranian soldiers are standing their ground and Russian soldiers (I don't want to get into the argument whether the secession was legal or not) can now leave the bases they were 'protecting' and get them 'orff of their land'.
It's that grey area while the dust settles, and I sincerely hope it is done amicably and diplomatically.
I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.
As Russia moved to annex Crimea, defying the US and Europe, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France would consider cancelling a €1.2 billion contract to sell the Russian Navy two Mistral helicopter carriers.
14:41 Russia's strategic submarine forces guarantee Russia's security - commander-in-chief of Russian Navy (interfax.com)
Western states violated promise to respect Ukraine's sovereignty under 1994 agreement by 'indulging coup d'etat' in Kiev-@Reuters
Constitutional Court found intl treaty on joining Crimea to Russia in line with Constitution - Zorkin (interfax.com)
Putin orders increase of Crimean pensions to Russian levels
Russian Transport Ministry plans to choose best project to build Kerch Bridge by yearend
Bridge over Kerch Strait should carry motor, railroad transport - Putin (interfax.com)
Might be a little paranoia on my side, but the only reason I see in the the urgency to build the bridge, is to prepare an invasion. If you don't have a powerful logistic air-force, railroads and highways are the best option for massive military movements.
Russia is simply putting in place the legal framework under which military action can be sanctioned efficiently as possible if the need rises. It also serves as a stark warning that if Ukrainian military forces attempted to secure positions in the Crimea it would risk facing perfectly legal retaliation from a military near infinitely more capable.
There was another Tweet similar to the one above last night and nothing happened so don't be surprised if this is someone just trying to gain more followers on Twitter. The source is a freelance journalist according to his Twitter profile. I'll try and look for some official confirmation. It does appear today that Russian forces are staging targeted attacks on Ukrainian military bases judging by other reports.
@Reevellp - "Officer at Ukrainian base at #Evpatoria says large number of Russian troops preparing to storm them."
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday ordered state-road building corporation Avtodor, or Russian Highways, to create a subsidiary company that will oversee the building of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, connecting Crimea with Russia's Krasnodar region.
In December 2013, Russia and Ukraine signed a series of bilateral agreements, one of which was dedicated to the construction of the bridge, and despite the collapse of working-relations between Moscow and Kiev over the current crisis in Ukraine, Medvedev expects the deals to be honored.
Negotiations about the bridge are long-running and date back to 2004 when they were halted due to political reasons. They got back under way again in 2010.
Authorities in Crimea denied entry to Ukraine's defense minister and another official Wednesday when they tried to travel to the peninsula to defuse tensions, a Russian news agency reported, as militiamen stormed the Ukrainian navy's headquarters and took it over.
The several hundred militiamen who captured the base in Sevastopol didn't meet any resistance. Sevastopol is also the home port of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, and tens of thousands of Russian-led troops are now patrolling Crimea.
It came a day after a confrontation between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian militia left two dead.
It is called a hearts and mind campaign.
First you take over, do something nice like raise the Pensions and then you give something that the previous guys have had on the books for the past decade. You show the people some good old fashion love and goodwill!
Papa Putin makes like Papa Smurf!
It may also be a signal that Putin does not intend to advance further, Since if he did, he would not need the bridge!