posted on Mar, 4 2014 @ 06:34 AM
God the propaganda from Russia is never ending.
Apparently Putin is now stating there are no Russian forces in Crimea. All forces present are Ukrainian self defense forces. So if something sparks
an encounter, Putin will play it off as Ukrainian government attacking ethnic Russians.
Apparently the total number of self defense force volunteers in Crimea range upwards of.... wait for it..... 6,000 members.
Self-defense forces ranks swell in anticipation of Crimea showdown with radicals
The Crimean popular army made up of locals and former Ukrainian armed forces braces for possible impact with right-wing radicals making their way
toward the region.
The situation at checkpoints in the south-Ukrainian autonomous republic is tense. There are growing local fears of a collision between the popular
self-defense forces and the right-wing separatists from the mainland. Two roads lead into the region. A growing number of locals of all walks of life
and varying military experience are beginning to man the checkpoints.
“We want peace in our country, we don’t want what was happening in Kiev, we don’t want people to be hit with Molotov cocktails, or be shot or
killed,” Aleksandr, a local resident, told RT.
“I don’t want war, but if it happens, no one will ask us, I guess.”
They team up with members of the disbanded Berkut security forces and other units loyal to the Crimean government. Just the past week has seen
officers resigning en masse to join up with this people’s army. Even Cossacks in their traditional wear have started popping up among the ranks.
Click link for remainder of article.
Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea
Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President
Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the
Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are "local self-defense forces."
What's more, anything Russia has done, Putin said without offering specifics, has been part of a "humanitarian mission" to protect ethnic Russians
But even as he said that no Russian troops have been involved in the latest events in Crimea, Putin drew comparisons that would seem to indicate they
had been. "Our actions are often described by the West as not legitimate, but look at U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya," he said,
according to a BBC translation of his comments. "Our actions are legitimate from the point of view of international law, because Ukraine's
legitimate president asked us for help. ... Defending these people is in our interests ... we do not want to 'enslave' anyone."
Putin made the claims about a lack of involvement by Russian forces even though Russian military helicopters have been seen in the skies over Crimea,
Russian trucks have been seen moving the armed men to key locations, and the soldiers in unmarked uniforms speak Russian and in some cases have told
reporters and local residents that they are members of the Russian military.
Other Highlights -
— Is Putin concerned about a war breaking out? "No, because we will not go to war with the Ukrainian people." (The Guardian)
— Does he think that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia last week, has a political future? No, "and I have told this
to him. ... He would have been killed in Ukraine had we not helped him." (BBC News)
— Sanctions against Russia would make matters worse. "All threats against Russia are counterproductive and harmful," he said, while adding that
Russia is ready to host the G-8 summit in June — but if western leaders do not want to come, "they don't need to." (Reuters)
— Russia is not going to try to annex Crimea, Putin said. (BBC News)
The Russian leader's news conference followed word from Moscow that "tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near
Ukraine's border," inside Russia, are returning to their bases.
I don't know how this man can talk and people in the room not laugh at him.