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US expansion into Eurasia - USS Advantage illegally docks in Ukrainian port of Feodosiya

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posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 03:12 PM

The creation and operation of any armed formations not envisaged by law are prohibited on the territory of Ukraine.

It flatly prohibits military bases in the line above the one I quoted, but this statement leave it ambigous at best, as to the constitutionality of the presence of armed formations within their territory with the clause, "not envisaged by law." If I'm reading this right, a special law has to be passed in order for such an excersize to be lawfull. Could an Executive Order be considered "envisaged by law?"

[edit on 5-6-2006 by sardion2000]

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 03:33 PM

Originally posted by iskander
It's kind of like answering every question with an question.

Is it really though?

p.s. Russians is written with capital R, just as with Americans is written with a capital A, and so on. A Freudian little slip up there I see.

How is that freudian?

Dow is down 200 points. Nasdaq 50, S&P 23, and going.

Whats that got to do with it?

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 05:11 PM

I am fluent in Russian and can read a little tiny bit of Ukranian. From what I gather, the situation is sort of grey area, and depends on interpretation of existing laws. The ship delivered a cargo that is milirary materiel, however in itself was not classified as a warship. Go figure.

I would give the protesters the benefit of doubt and demand a better explanation, and protocol, from the authorities. Which first lied about this affair (i.e. the nature of the delivery that took place).

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 05:50 PM

How is that freudian?

Well at least I hope that it's Freudian and not intentional.

Simple statistical analysis of your quotes;

section of the Ukrainian constitution

its a joint military exercise, approved the the president of the Ukraine


Waitaminute. A guy that is ignoring the russian attempts to

military exercise, but don't see that the russians are trying

Two for two eliminates simple laziness or lack of attention, so mildly put it leave bias or Freudian slips.

Psych 101, and intentionally not capitalising "freudian" only confirms it.

Whats that got to do with it?

Just a pattern of incredible coincidences, like 4 Russian embassy diplomats kidnapped and one killed in Iraq by unknown gunmen.

Not a single Iraqi faction, political/religious group has claim responsibility.

First Iraqi representative from Ministry of Internal Affairs publicly announces the release of the diplomats on national TV.

It gets better.

A senior ministry official Lt. Colonel Falah al-Mohamedawi said earlier that the Russian Embassy employees had been freed in a commando raid Saturday, hours after being seized by gunmen in an attack in western Baghdad that left one of their colleagues dead. He also said the kidnappers were arrested.

But Brig. Adnan Abdul Rahman, the ministry's information director, later denied they had been released.

"This is not true," Abdul Rahman said.

L ink

CNN that I'm watching is only covering some other band of unidentified gunmen dressed in Iraqi police uniforms which kidnapped 50 people. Humm...never heard that on the news about Iraq, just a coincidence I'm sure.

3D recreation of the ambush has already been composed showing that the ambush was a tactical operation while the embassy vehicle was clearly marked with diplomatic plates both in English and Arabic eliminating the possibility of a mistake.

Georgian government gave a three hour deadline for withdrawal of Russian piece keeping forces from disputed territories.

Iran's president for the first time openly threatened to cut of oil supply to US if the administration pursues military action forcing the price of oil to sky rocket.

Stock market plummeted to a January low after "bad" news on low consumer spending numbers do to energy costs.

I guess all this stuff must be popping up all the sudden do to a full moon or some solar winds or something.

There's a lot more, but I'm not going to be a nisence any further.

For some people when there's is smoke there is fire, yet for others when there is smoke, it's just some stoners burning grass and watching Girls Gone Wild.

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[edit on 5/6/2006 by Mirthful Me]

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 08:28 PM
I have been closely following these developments on the Russian news network (NTV), and they pay far greater attention to it then the US news. However I am not surprised the US isn't making a big deal about this, because this just goes to show how quickly the Staged Orange revolution disintegrated into a clear cut case of US military expansion to neutralize Russia.

Most of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is, or was recetly staged in the Crimea, and it goes a long way in supporting local economy. Without it the local residents are afraid they'll be left without jobs and economic stimuli. Russia is not resisting US encroachment around it, but do not be surprised it things quickly change for the worse.

I try to keep up with political situation in Russia, and I would predict that since the West has been cut off by US Russia will look for allies in the East- China and India- which it is already beginning to do. Slowly it looks like a new Cold War is shaping in Eurasia, and US is the one adding fueling it this time. As for Ukraine- Yushenko's political career is all but finished.

The Russians and Ukraine's old leadership definitely did not have their hands clean, although it is still only a theory that Yushenko was targeted for assassination. However Russia and Ukraine are natural allies, and have always been such throughout history. Millions of Russians reside in Ukraine, and millions of Ukrainians reside in Russia. Furthermore both countries depend on each other for trade. It is simply not US's bussiness to go about militarizing Ukraine. This is very sensitive to Pro-Russian Ukranians- and there is far more of them then US makes it seem- and to Russians. The two countries have very close cultural ties, and only in the recent years has stigmatic Ukrainian nationalism been fueled by the US, in order to drive the two allies apart.

How do I know this? I spend most of my life living in both of those countries. And I must say it really hurts to see US driving this wedge between two people who have always considered each other brothers.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 09:10 PM
iskander I tend to think you might be one of those demonstrators and have an anti agenda here.

Obvioulsy the government was aware they were coming or they would not have sent a harbor pilot out to guide it into the harbor, it is as simple as that no pilot and the ship would never have entered the port. Nor did they send a coast guard vessel out to tell it they were not welcome.

With that said, they were expected meaning they were welcome.

I also tend to think you are making more out of this then there really is protesters are known to do that.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 09:28 PM
It might not seem like a big deal in US, but over in Russia and Ukraine it is. And since US is involved with this it wouldn't hurt to get a little more info out. As matter of fact tensions around the Black Sea are growing almost daily- not just within Ukraine but between Georgia and Abkhasia. All this could escalate into a major conflict drawing both US and Russia into it, even if not directly.

Better watch this closely. With all the attention on Iran and Iraq, US actions in other parts of the world go nearly unnoticed.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 09:28 PM

Originally posted by iskander
Well this is really clear.

Representatives of Feodosiya city council have unanimously voted to declare the area as a "NATO free territory", thus empowering local authorities and militias to resist US actions.

Not to stir up trouble, but why is a city dictating/creating foreign policy to the national government? It sounds to me that your country has a power struggle going on between pro-western and pro-Russian viewpoints, which is fine but don't let your cities make foreign policy for you, makes you look bad.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 09:33 PM

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[edit on 5/6/2006 by Mirthful Me]

That has to be my favorite Mod Edit message I have seen. Too Funny.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 09:54 PM

Originally posted by pavil

Not to stir up trouble, but why is a city dictating/creating foreign policy to the national government? It sounds to me that your country has a power struggle going on between pro-western and pro-Russian viewpoints, which is fine but don't let your cities make foreign policy for you, makes you look bad.

There is a power struggle, but it's not just a city- more like half of the country. And a large part of the Parliament supports them.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 10:31 PM

Originally posted by maloy

There is a power struggle, but it's not just a city- more like half of the country. And a large part of the Parliament supports them.

So what is the solution Ukraine sounds just at divided as the Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. If I remember my recollections from a report I read, it is a pretty regional divide with some areas very pro one side or the other, is that correct? There is not much overall support on average nationwide for one side or the other. Hope you have some good politicians over there or else things could get dicey again.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 10:49 PM
Sure its normal to have a nation divided over some issues like abortion, gun control, economy, etc. But this is a far more sensitive issue- where a military force that less than 2 decades ago was a mortal enemy, is now at your front door waiting to come in with all of its toys. Just like alot of Americans are still somewhat antipathetic of communism, alot of Ukrainians and Russians- particularly those 30 years and older- take much offense with letting NATO into their land. Remember that they were taught all of their life that NATO is their enemy. And what are NATO's intentions in Ukraine? To get their forces ready to attack Russia- a land that shares so much culturally, economically, and historically with Ukraine? You need to be very familiar will Ukraine and Russia to understand just how serious this is. This isn't some debate about some small national issue- its a move that could decide the future relations between two world powers.

Plus it is a little too quick for NATO to be coming in. Yushenko only came to power less than 2 years ago, and already NATO is disembarking its equipment and mapping out potential military bases. I heard from local Ukrainians who worked for an airbase in crimea, that US officials are visiting their bases and taking away their Soviet era aircraft and radar equipment possibly to the US. I do not have credible sources, but I would rather be surprised if this wasn't the case.

Even members of NATO are questioning whether NATO is moving too fast. Or perhaps US is scared that Yushenko will lose power soon, and all the money that US pumped into the Orange Revolution will go to waste. US has to have its forces in place in case that Ukrainians want to shift back to an alliance with Russia.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 11:05 PM
This disappeared down the Yahoo memory hole almost as quick as it appeared. Can we get any text from this speech?

Cheney speech spurs new Cold War: Russian press
Fri May 5, 2006

A speech by Vice President Dick Cheney strongly critical of the Kremlin marks the start of a new Cold War that could drive Moscow away from its new-found Western allies, the Russian press said on Friday.


Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP), Russia's top-selling daily, showed what the meeting meant to Moscow by coloring in the states that met in Vilnius to show a purple cordon separating Russia from the rest of Europe.

Reaching for another historical analogy, it compared the meeting to that between the anti-Nazi allies Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin in the Soviet town of Yalta in 1945, at which they divided up the map of Europe.

"Yesterday in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, like in Yalta in 1945, the map of Europe was redrawn," KP said, raising the specter of Russia being isolated from the mainstream.

"What can Russia do? It would appear it will have to strengthen ties with Belarus and Central Asia. And get close to China, to balance this Western might."

I heard about this on NPR and there were Russians being interviewed who were baffled by why he wants to create tension between Russia and the US. Does anyone remember that also? They were like "Why does he want to create problems?!" ...Here's a VP who won't even talk to the American people except in a condscending, irritated voice. Yet he's out starting issues and atagonizing the world on the American taxpayer/voter's dime.

Good work Iskander. Who cares if you have an agenda or not. Everyone has one, in fact and people who talk about other people's "agendas" are simply blind to their own. The fact is, you are informing us of news our own leaders will not allow us to see. Thanks for that. [For the record tho', I don't Think you can Tell things about People by the Capitalized words In their Posts.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 11:13 PM

Originally posted by maloy
alot of Ukrainians and Russians- particularly those 30 years and older- take much offense with letting NATO into their land. Remember that they were taught all of their life that NATO is their enemy. And what are NATO's intentions in Ukraine? To get their forces ready to attack Russia- a land that shares so much culturally, economically, and historically with Ukraine? You need to be very familiar will Ukraine and Russia to understand just how serious this is.

First off Maloy, welcome to ATS, hope you like it here.

I am not as familiar as I need to be to debate this. Hey if the majority of your country doesn't want foreign troops on your soil not even for military exercises in peacetime then that's your right.

Ukraine 2005

You seem from the sounds of it to be one of the over-30 crowd. Like I said Ukraine is torn between two competing ideas, One for a more pro western and one pro Russian. It is also a generational contest as well as a regional one.

One thing that puzzles me is the level of Pro Russian feelings, isn't Russia under Stalin the main killer of Ukrainians Pre-WWII.
Ukraine Famine
It just seems that that event would leave pretty strong feelings of dislike. Then again, I'm not Ukrainian.

posted on Jun, 5 2006 @ 11:51 PM
Thanks pavil. I have been reading ATS for more than a year but just registered now.

No I am not from the 30's crowd. I am 21, I currently live in the US, and Stalin and Beria among a few other degenerates of the 20th century are two people I hate the most. In no way do want to live under conditions that existed in Russia or Ukraine back then, and in no way do I want communism to make a comeback there. However Russia and Ukraine have been allies not just under the Soviet regime, but had close ties throught history. In fact Crimea was won from the Turks by the Russians, and only became official part of Ukraine during the Soviet era. it is just that it is disgusting for me to look at the ultra nationalist pro-Orange Ukrainian youth, who all of the sudden have a deep hatered for Russia seemingly out of nowhere. US must have done a really good job with their Orange Revolution propaganda. They start accusing Russia of Soviet era crimes all of the sudden.

Soviet Union was just that - a union. Sure Russia had the most influence due to their large population, but everyone had a say. In fact the Communists were careful to balance out regional interests and gave plenty of territotrial concessions to other republics- especially under Khruschev and Gorbachev. Yes there were tensions, and yes there was cruelty and innocent people suffered. Denying crimes during Soviet Era is like denying Holocaust ever existed. However it is incorrect to blame Russia. Yes Ukraine suffered alot, because under Stalin they were forced to feed the whole Soviet Union- Ukraine has some of the richest farm land in the work. However after Stalin the situation improved dramatically. Stalin, himself a Georgian, was a madman not unlike Hitler. He and his puppet assassin Beria, happened to come to power, and afterwards everybody suffered- Russians, Ukrainians and everyone else between Poland and the far East. Idiots happen in history, and all we can do is learn not to put them in power in the future (
a certain US president comes to mind).

It is needless to say that current Russian regime has completely denounced everything that had to do with Stalin - in fact that happened back when Khruschev was in power. In the 90's the Russian close ties with Ukraine were more economical than military. I already mentioned that much of Crimean economy revolves/revolved around servicing the Russian Black Sea Fleat. Russians paid something like a lease for their bases in Crimea, and before Yuschenko Ukrainians never complained about it. In fact even outside Crimea, many factories continued working only because of contracts with Russia- supplying jobs for thousands.

And its ironic that SOME (emphasis that it is not the opinion of all Ukrainians) Ukrainians blame Russia for their suffering under Soviet regime. Ukrainian communist party was the most extreme and hardlined among the communists of the Soviet Union. They had the highest membership percentage among the population. Sure there was opposition, but back then (50's-70's) the vast majority of Ukrainians were very pro-Soviet. Once again- yes they suffered unjustly under Stalin- but after that they always considered themselves a full-pledged member of the Union.

And now they go blaming Soviets for current problems. Might as well blame the Germans for the havoc they wrecked in Ukraine during WWII. Or the Polish occupation hundreds of years ago maybe? Or maybe those Turks in the Crimea? Oh and don't forget to demand those reparations from the Mongolians- they did invade half of Eurasia and kill off 1/4 of Ukrainian population.

Ukraine's current problem isn't Russia. Russia just wants to expand its economy right now. It's the US thats about to exploit Ukraine for its own benefit- believe me American military bases in Ukraine will not benefit any Ukrainians. Russia would never attack Ukraine.

[edit on 5-6-2006 by maloy]

[edit on 5-6-2006 by maloy]

posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 12:18 AM
Iskander, your original post suggested that American ordnance convoys were fanning out across Ukraine, only to be blocked by angry locals. However, none of the links you posted contains any such statement; it appears that the material brought by the ship never left the port area. Or did I miss something?

At any rate, could you please substantiate the following?

Originally posted by iskander
The fact of the matter is that US engineer core, NAVY Marines and arms/munitions convoys have been blockaded in EVERY single city they have attempted to cross. Some of the cities include Simferopol, Staryy Krym, Partenit, Alusha, etc.

All of the convoys could not reach their destinations and had to be diverted do to overwhelming number of demonstrators which simply blocked all roads.

A convoy of 150 engineer core troops on the way to Staryy Krym base was totally blockaded by demonstrators forcing the convoy to be diverted to the Ministry of Defense sanatory in Partenit, again, the residents of Partenit blockaded the roads and the convoy again was forced to take another detour, this time to another army sanatorium in Alushty. Upon arrival in Alushty the personnel of the sanatorium refused to accept US troops. Local residents immediately began converging on the convoy and forced it out of the area. Upon hearing the news of US convoys, residents of nearby Bolshoi Alushti began constructing another chain of blockades in order to prevent the passage of the convoy through their city.

I look forward to hearing from you about this.

And now to a far more important subject:

Originally posted by smallpeeps
For the record tho', I don't Think you can Tell things about People by the Capitalized words In their Posts.

I beg to differ. You can tell a lot.

no caps at all. not even at the head of sentences: person relatively young and web-happy or middle-aged and trying to be trendy or pass for relatively young and web-happy. only partially literate. or else a literary renegade.

Caps in the usual places: Dully conventional, doubtless conservative in outlook and sexually inhibited. The effusions of such a poster may be safely ignored.

No caps after colons: poster owns copy of the Chicago Manual of Style and towel-dries between the toes after showering.

Initial Caps on every Noun in the Sentence: Teutonic Ancestry.

Initial caps Imposed on every verb Written by poster: excitable, probably religious person who Thinks the world is Going to hell in a handbasket.

Initial caps dropped from proper nouns like nygdan and astyanax: resource rich, time poor poster.


Yes, I know this is ineffably off-topic, but some things are just too mission-critical to ignore.

posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 07:46 AM

I use capitalization properly, and I am neither conventional, conservative or sexually inhibited. I must be the exception that makes your rule, hmm?

And you forgot one: LeEt SpEAker cYbErPuNk dUdE.

And back to the topic of the thread, this is definately intriguing enough to look into more. I have to admit that I'm fairly ignorant on the current political situation in the eastern block nations. Heck, I can't even keep up with all the new names.

[edit on 6-6-2006 by Jadette]

posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 08:40 AM
Ok, after a little poking around and reading, I've found a few other sources for information.

It requires registration, so I'll post relevant bits here.

By David Holley


Saturday, June 03, 2006

MOSCOW — A group of U.S. Marine reservists was the target of anti-NATO protests in Ukraine's predominantly Russian-speaking Crimea region Friday, as demonstrators sought to undercut a drive by President Viktor Yushchenko to lead his nation toward NATO membership.

More than 100 Marines are making preparations for a joint U.S.-Ukrainian military exercise scheduled for July. They were being driven by bus to join other U.S. military personnel at a Ukrainian Defense Ministry sanatorium in the Black Sea town of Feodosiya when protesters blocked their route about 4 a.m. Friday, Rossiya television reported.

The Russian state-run channel showed video of a crowd surrounding the bus in darkness, rocking it back and forth, and shouting in English, "Yankee, go home!" The convoy turned around and took the Marines to Alushta, another Black Sea coastal town.

Rossiya television showed protesters gathering there too, shouting anti-American slogans and displaying a red banner reading, "The people of Alushta demand it: No to NATO in Ukraine!"

The protests began Sunday when a U.S. ship arrived in Feodosiya carrying personnel and equipment for preparing a Ukrainian military facility to host the exercises, dubbed "Sea Breeze 2006." The exercises were organized by Ukraine and the United States; more than a dozen other countries in Europe and the Black Sea region are scheduled to participate.

The ship has also been blockaded by protesters.

Under Ukrainian law, parliament must give annual approval for foreign troops to enter the country for training exercises. Usually that is a formality. But in February, just before March parliamentary elections, parliament voted down a bill that would have granted such permission.

The new parliament's next session is set for Wednesday. The outgoing Cabinet hopes to win approval for the military exercises at that session.

More information here:

National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine held special session today
The NSDC session tackled the situation in Crimea and resolved to continue preparations for holding multinational military exercises Sea Breeze 2006 and Tight Knot 2006, in correspondence with the presidential decree of January 31, 2006.

posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 09:36 AM
Good Post Maloy.

I didn't mean to imply that the current problem is due to the past, only that Stalin's forced famine probably impacted many, many families in the Ukraine and that would reflect on their feelings toward Russia.

Will Ukraine always be within Russia's orbit? I know there is history good and bad between the two nations and strong ties between Russia and Ukraine. Can't Ukraine steer a course in the middle between Russia and the West while maintaining indepencence from both? To me it would seem to bring the biggest benefit economic and otherwise, to Ukraine. Play both sides for Ukraine's benefit, shouldn't be too hard to do.

Would there be this much of an uproar if Russia were the one's instead of the U.S. doing the military exercises under the same exact set of situations?

posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 10:32 AM
Here is what I found. It appears the group protesting is angrey over the recent elections they lost.


Bova said the protesters were mostly supporters of a small radical pro-Russian party that fared poorly in March parliamentary elections, along with activists from the Party of the Regions, the election's top vote-getter and an opponent to Ukraine's integration with the alliance.

"We are not building NATO bases in Ukraine," Bova told The Associated Press.

NATO officials refused to comment on either the protest or the operation.

The ship arrived before annual NATO-sponsored exercises called Sea Breeze that have been held in various forms since 1997 under the alliance's Partnership for Peace program, which provides for cooperation with nonmembers that want to improve ties with the alliance.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

I could be wrong but I do think the above was left out by the OP of the thread

The article is rather long but did also mention in the past a request has been made that allowed the ships entry and this years request was turned down, however they plan to make another request soon.

[edit on 6/6/2006 by shots]

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