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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea, a member of the Ukraine parliament told USA TODAY. The United States, Great Britain and Russia agreed in a pact "to assure Ukraine's territorial integrity" in return for Ukraine giving up a nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union after declaring independence in 1991, said Pavlo Rizanenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. "We gave up nuclear weapons because of this agreement," said Rizanenko, a member of the Udar Party headed by Vitali Klitschko, a candidate for president. "Now there's a strong sentiment in Ukraine that we made a big mistake." His statements come as Russia raised the possibility it may send its troops beyond the Crimean peninsula on the Black Sea into the eastern half of Ukraine.
What was left over..? The missiles are gone...what are they going to go nuclear with? Their Vodka?
So the new government is trigger happy with the nukes they have. That does not sound like a government that we should be supporting. A nuclear attack against Russia will lead to the same to Ukraine, that will destroy most of the people in Europe. I think those hot heads in Ukraine should be removed....they are not smart at all. If they would use them against Russia, they would use them against anyone they have a disagreement with in the future.
WikiLeaks cables show how the US disarmed Ukraine - Source
I think the Ukraine was part of START and that was an eventual decline in the number of nuclear warheads, it didn't happen overnight. BTW, it seems there is a bit of misinformation floating around that is trying to make the US look like the good guy. In another post I wrote, you might want to look at the articles;
We have a real problem with how this is being spun. If the Ukrainians in Crimea want to separate, that is their right. If they want to merge with Russia, that is also their right. Apparently there will be a referendum to decide the outcomes. This has nothing to do with aggression by Putin because he is mainly sitting back and waiting on a vote. As an example, if the north eastern US states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont) wanted to secede from the US and decided they wanted to be with Canada, and the Canadian PM welcomed them, is that Russia's business? I think not, so Crimea seceding from the Ukraine and joining Russia is not the US' or anyone else's business.
Cheers - Dave
Fair enough Dave....but all of this was agreed about long ago and by all the Ukrainians eastern and western alike....everyone signed on the agreement then......Eastern Ukrain is forbidden by that agreement from holding such a vote on succession....