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A 'country' isn't being blocked from leaving, if anything...i'd guess the idea was to prevent something from entering that area, not leaving it.
There are no Ukranian naval warships or military assets stationed there as far as i can tell. A few rusty clapped out boats, and a decommisioned tanker looks to be all that's there.
Your analogy about Japan doesn't work.
If an autonomous region in Japan had a population of 60% Americans where 1,200,000 Americans who lived there were fearful a newly installed fascist government in Japan was about to place jack boots on their necks, and asked for help from US troops stationed in nearby bases and the USA...then it might be somewhat similar.
A large number of those ethnic Russians have officially requested assistance from the Russians stationed in Crimea
The Russians don't have to ask the forces in that part of Ukraine to join forces with Crimean militias, let alone force them to as they are doing pretty well enough on their own
"After Ukrainian independence"
The threat of instant death is a powerful motivator.
he American soldiers are “military advisors”, ostensibly members of Blackwater private army (renamed Academi); a few hundred of them patrol Kiev while others try to suppress the revolt in Donetsk. Officially, they were invited by the new West-installed regime. They are the spearhead of the US invasion attempting to prop up the regime and break down all resistance. They have already bloodied their hands in Donetsk.
What is our biggest concern? We see the rampage of reactionary forces, nationalist and anti-Semitic forces going on in certain parts of Ukraine, including Kiev. I am sure you, members of the media, saw how one of the governors was chained and handcuffed to something and they poured water over him, in the cold of winter. After that, by the way, he was locked up in a cellar and tortured. What is all this about? Is this democracy? Is this some manifestation of democracy? He was actually only recently appointed to this position, in December, I believe. Even if we accept that they are all corrupt there, he had barely had time to steal anything. And do you know what happened when they seized the Party of Regions building? There were no party members there at all at the time. Some two-three employees came out, one was an engineer, and he said to the attackers: “Could you let us go, and let the women out, please. I’m an engineer, I have nothing to do with politics.” He was shot right there in front of the crowd. Another employee was led to a cellar and then they threw Molotov cocktails at him and burned him alive. Is this also a manifestation of democracy?
reply to post by Xcathdra
Your question: Whats the difference between Crimea and Chechnya?
The answer: because of qiuck reaction of russians, Crimea will not become Chechnya (but the rest of Ukraine has now problems)