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reply to post by doompornjunkie
If he is allowed to take the Crimea without a fight what's stopping him from taking the rest of Ukraine and expanding his territory into other eastern block countries..
reply to post by ukranianprincess
8000 or so i believe... the real number doesn't actually matter. Its more than enough to blow the world to # several times over.
Edit: according to wiki it's 8,500 as of 2013
edit on 4-3-2014 by doompornjunkie because: (no reason given)
President Putin press conference at residence in 20 minutes time but foreign press not allowed in!
Russia has put an end to army drills near the Ukrainian border and ordered troops to return to their bases, after a day of international pressure and the threat of US sanctions.
reply to post by andy1972
Why stop at a little when you have the oppertunity to take the lot.
We have also taken the historical and contemporary factors of the Ukraine issue into consideration.
Stop trying to exclude Russia from the political crisis they failed to mediate.
We had previously warned that Putin's "trump card" had yet to be played and with Obama (and a quickly dropping list of allies) preparing economic sanctions (given their limited escalation options otherwise), it was only a matter of time before the pressure was once again applied from the Russian side. As ITAR-TASS reports, Russia's Gazprom warned that not only could it cancel its "supply discount" as Ukraine's overdue payments reached $1.5 billion but that "simmering political tensions in Ukraine, that are aggravated by inadequate economic conditions, may cause disruptions of gas supplies to Europe." And with that one sentence, Europe will awaken to grave concerns over Russia's next steps should sanctions be applied.