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Pro-Russian troops takeover Crimean borders, ferry



Published: Mon, March 3, 2014 @ 10:33 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s military admitted Monday that pro-Russian troops have surrounded or taken over “practically all” its military facilities in Crimea — a move that Russia’s foreign minister defended as a necessary protection for the ethnic Russians on the Black Sea peninsula.

“This is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots, ensuring human rights, especially the right to life,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Geneva, where he was attending U.N. meetings.

There have been no reports, however, of any hostilities toward Russian-speaking in Ukraine during the country’s four months of political upheaval.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also issued a statement saying that Moscow believes Ukraine must honor its Feb. 21 agreement to form a new national unity government.

In Kiev, Ukraine’s new prime minister admitted his country had “no military options on the table” to reverse Russia’s military move into its Crimea region.

While Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed for outside help and insisted that Crimea still remained part of his country, European foreign ministers held an emergency meeting on a joint response to Russia’s military move that could include economic sanctions.

“Any attempt of Russia to grab Crimea will have no success at all. Give us some time,” Yatsenyuk said at a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.


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1walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 6 months ago

More of Barry's typical foreign policy. All bluster and talk but, when pushed to act, he doesn't carry through. Just like Syria and Egypt. Putin, who is KGB, knows this and just laughs at our "leader". Keep shaking your finger at him Barry because Putin is giving you the finger right back.

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2gdog4766(1470 comments)posted 6 months ago

Yeah, let's start WW3 and get more young Americans killed over a country we have no connection to. Better yet until recent history was part of Russia. Man Dick Cheney can make even more money over the bodies of our young Americans. I mean why should any other country take the lead in this crisis? Look how much we have to lose in all this. KILL,KILL,KILL, as long as it's not us.

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3Jerryl(105 comments)posted 5 months, 4 weeks ago

@walter,
easy to criticize when your not sitting on the hot seat.

Please enlighten us all with you solutions.

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4walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I know enough to not make the same idle threats. It is like the Fonz telling Richie Cunningham that the bully doesn't fear him when he talks tough because he has reputation of BEING tough. Whne he didn't act in Syria, he sent the ultimate siganl. Even Kerry said that there should have been a limited military strike there- let's say, bomb the airport - to send Assad the message. Like when Reagan drew the line in the sand with Kaddafi; he crossed it and Reagan sent a missile through the front door without hitting the door frame. How about getting with NATO countries and freezing the assets of the rich Russian businessmen. Since Halliburton has such influence, wouldn't this help? Let's face it; Russia only has two real exports: oil and large-breasted blonde porn stars. I would think that now, after the election, Barry is more flexible on what he can do, correct?

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5Jerryl(105 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

@walter,

let me say it slowly......

Please enlighten us with your solutions.

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6Jerryl(105 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Your only suggestion, freezing Russian assets, was done about 3 hours before you suggested it.

Next???

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7walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I am certainly glad Barry took my advice seriously this time. I hope he also takes my advice to see a proctologist to remove his head from his a$$. Unfortunately, we are now limited in our solutions since he has not been a leader previous to this. It is just as bad as GWB saying he looked into Putin eyes and saw his soul. Now we are left relying on other countries to help us find the way out of this mess instead of being proactive. But, Barry is not a fighter for what he believes in because I'm not sure he knows what he believes in.

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8Jerryl(105 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

@walter,
"Took my advice"' you sure have an inflated sense of yourself. Unless you are trying to tell us that you called Obama to give him your advice on Russian aggression, Obama had already announced the freeze hours before you shared your unique idea in this thread.

So setting aside that your distaste for Bush and Obama ...... Please tell the country what you would do.

What are your solutions?

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