Are Russian forces massing or retreating from Ukraine border?

posted at 12:01 pm on March 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, it depends on which news source one uses. According to the Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, a seasoned journalist on military issues, Russian forces have massed on their side of the Ukrainian border, threatening a much wider incursion to complement the seizure of Crimea:

Russian military forces continued massing within six miles of Ukraine’s eastern border regions as tensions increased over Moscow’s so far bloodless attempt to take control of the country by force under the pretext of protecting ethnic Russians.

In Kiev, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebiynis said the massing of Russian forces near Ukraine’s eastern border appeared to be preparation for a military invasion, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reported.

Border troops reported Russian forces massing near borders in the Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions.

“Those actions taken by representatives of the Russian state authorities may be evidence that Russia is preparing for a possible invasion on Ukrainian territory through its land border with Ukraine,” Perebiynis said.

Few details were available on troop movements but reports from the region indicated that nine convoys of armored vehicles were observed near the Russian border of Kharkiv, and five armored troop carriers were spotted less than two miles from the border in Donetsk. Military forces also were reported near the Luhansk administrative region.

That was last night, however. This morning, CBS News reported that Russian forces appeared to be retreating from those positions:

Putin pulled his forces back from the Ukrainian border on Tuesday, yet said that Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in the country. He accused the West of encouraging an “unconstitutional coup” in Ukraine and driving it onto anarchy, declaring that any sanctions the West places on Russia will backfire.

Speaking from his residence outside Moscow, Putin said he still considers Yanukovych to be Ukraine’s leader and hopes Russia won’t need to use force in predominantly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.

Putin lashed out at the US earlier today, accusing Americans of creating the need for Russian intervention in Ukraine with our “experiments” on the “rats,” or something:

Actually, the issue in Ukraine had a lot more to do with the EU than it did the US. We’re involved in it now, belatedly anyway. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kyiv today to pledge $1 billion in aid to the new Ukrainian government. He also pledged that the US was only “days away” from implementing sanctions, which may have some Ukrainians wondering what’s taking so long:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

As Kerry arrived, the White House announced the package of energy aid, along with training for financial and election institutions and anti-corruption efforts. U.S. officials traveling with Kerry, speaking on grounds of anonymity, said the Obama administration is considering slapping Russia with unspecified economic sanctions as soon as this week.

The problem is that the invasion caught the administration “flat-footed,” as the USA Today editorial board scolded yesterday, and the Obama administration is still playing catch-up:

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Russia’s weekend invasion of Crimea is that the U.S. and its allies were caught so flat-footed, groping for a response that didn’t look weak and ineffectual.

It’s not as if Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in Ukraine, or its importance to him, are a secret. He wants to be seen as the leader who restored Russia’s lost power, and if Ukraine — the biggest, closest and most important non-Russian part of the Soviet Union — were to follow other former Soviet states into the Western camp, his hopes would be dashed. He wasn’t about to let that happen. …

It’s also apparent that Putin’s careful strategic planning was not matched in the West, where the response has been late and lame.

President Obama started by warning vaguely that there would be “costs” if Russia invaded. That must have given Putin a chuckle. He invaded hours later.

Peter Wehner argues that we’ve rarely seen so much arrogance for so little reason, and have it exposed so thoroughly:

When he ran for the presidency, it was Barack Obama who never put limits on his criticisms of others. He spoke as if the problems of the world would disappear with two events: the removal from office of his predecessor and his arrival as president of the United States. Even in a profession not known for attracting modest individuals, Mr. Obama’s arrogance set him apart. …

In foreign policy, Obama would wage a successful war in Afghanistan. He would convince dictators and adversaries why they should bow to his wishes. He would solve decades-long conflicts. American prestige would rise in all corners of the globe. “Instead of retreating from the world,” Obama said, “I will personally lead a new chapter of American engagement.” There would be the “reset” with Russia, the “new beginning” in the Middle East, the end of Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and so much more. Mr. Obama would practice “smart diplomacy.” After all, he understood things the rest of us did not. And if you didn’t accept his view of the world, you weren’t simply mistaken; you were an ideologue, a hyper-partisan, a dullard, perhaps a fool, and/or someone whose thinking belonged to bygone era. Watch the contemptuous way the president dismissed Mitt Romney in a presidential debate on the topic of Russia — despite the fact that events have proven Romney right and Obama wrong.

And that’s the point, isn’t it? Our relations with nation after nation – from Afghanistan and Iraq to Russia and China, from Turkey, Jordan and Pakistan to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea to India and Australia, from Honduras to Brazil, from Poland and the Czech Republic to Germany, Great Britain, Canada and more – are worse now than they were when Mr. Obama was sworn in as president in 2009. I’m not asking people to measure Mr. Obama against a standard of perfection; I’m asking them to measure him against his own promises, his own speeches, his own words.

Having been president for more than five years, we can now render some reasonable and informed judgments about Mr. Obama, including this one: he is an amateur on par with Jimmy Carter. And to see the crude and brutish Putin run circles around Obama—on negotiations over nuclear weapons, on granting asylum to Edward Snowden, on convincing Obama to undercut our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic, on establishing ties with Egypt, on strengthening the murderous Syrian regime, and now invading Crimea and threatening the rest of Ukraine—is painful for any American to witness. As House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers put it, “Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close.”

The Ukrainians know better now than to rely on the US for a rescue. They’re currently negotiating with Russia directly to an end to the crisis and occupation. What Ukraine needs is a united, prepared Western front to deter Russia from aggression — and five days later, it still doesn’t exist. The flat-footed response is barely improving, almost as if the White House can’t quite believe that Putin really means to reassemble the Russian Empire. With friends that clueless, Ukraine had better cut the best deal it can while it still can.


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The flat-footed response is barely improving, almost as if the White House can’t quite believe that Putin really means to reassemble the Russian Empire.

Time to fire Kerry and get Killary back in the job. Obama declared her to be the finest Secretaries of State [sic] ever.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Only days away when seconds count.

NotCoach on March 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The horsehead is in Kiev.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Why are Ukrainian forces running around unarmed?

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM

“Having been president for more than five years, we can now render some reasonable and informed judgments about Mr. Obama, including this one: he is an amateur on par with Jimmy Carter. “

And Carter is not taking THAT insult lightly.

coldwarrior on March 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’m sure this whole thing is just a big misunderstanding and if the right people can just talk to Putin it could all be straightened out. If only Li’l Bammie would take a lesson from history and pull a Rudolf Hess into Moscow I’m sure he could convince Pootie of the error of his ways. Right? Hey a guy can dream can’t he?

Oldnuke on March 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Kerry is finally closer to Genghis Khan.

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

The problem is that the invasion caught the administration “flat-footed,” as the USA Today editorial board scolded yesterday, and the Obama administration is still playing catch-up

At least the NSA has a record of my conversation with my kid about car repairs over the last few weeks.

So there’s that. You all are, for some reason, safer.

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

And if Putin”backs” down Obama will claim he did it with his line in the sand… Shades of I got Osama…. And just as untrue…

sandee on March 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM

While they are quietly dismantling our military, they will be trumpeting this: “We are giving the lilitary special funding!”:

White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request includes separate ‘opportunity, growth and security’ fund that would give the Pentagon $26.4 billion in extra funding for maintenance, training and aircraft – @Reuters

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Kerry is finally closer to Genghis Khan.

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Too bad he can’t meet him in person. Probably be a short meeting though.

Oldnuke on March 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The military exercise was intended to bring pressure on the Ukraine and send a signal about how serious the situation was seen by the Russians. They can easily marshal enough forces to invade the Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is in a very bad state and won’t be able to put up much of a fight in the field. Individually they will fight but that won’t hold for more than a few days. Follow-on forces from Russia could then easily be funneled in to where they are needed.

sharrukin on March 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Kerry is finally closer to Genghis Khan.

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

He ain’t near that smart.

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I’ll telephone my sister in NH, we can discuss the Ukraine, then the NSA can find out.

WryTrvllr on March 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Watching CNN (don’t ask, I don’t know why…too lazy to change the channel most likely), and they’re in full fellatio mode.

“Deliberate, considered, response by Obama, as he has always done, most likely the reason for most criticism of perceived inaction”

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Kerry: Sanctions “days away” from implementation

I’m always a little suspicious of liberals’ calendars. Remember “weeks, not months”?

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“Deliberate, considered, response by Obama, as he has always done, most likely the reason for most criticism of perceived inaction”

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Help us Obi Wan Obama you are our only hope……

sandee on March 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Retweeted by CIGeography
russian navy blog ‏@russiannavyblog 22h

Undated recent photo purported to be Tigr lt infantry vehicles possibly unloaded from unid amphib in bckground 1/2 pic.twitter.com/USPzAJGECZ

https://twitter.com/russiannavyblog/status/440560417752899586/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

And Carter is not taking THAT insult lightly.

coldwarrior on March 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

But nobody is madder than Obama.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

What the H happened to John F’n Kerry’s nose?

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Kerry: Sanctions “days away” from implementation

The Russian tanks will start to enter Eastern Ukraine the minute the wheels on are up on the jet you are flying out of Kiev. You smuck….

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

“And as a show of commitment I give to you, a beautiful gift basket with chocolates, fine cheeses, and a billion dollars in aid. Don’t spend that all in one place ya hear!”

DontDroneMeBro on March 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

CIGeography @CIGeography
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#UPDATE #3 #MAP #INFOGRAPHIC #Crimea #russiainvadesukraine #Ukraine http://bit.ly/1bVnOhr as of 03/03 1300GMT+1
9:38 AM – 3 Mar 2014
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Latest Russian Forces and Movements Map:

https://twitter.com/CIGeography/status/440496361440423937/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Why are Ukrainian forces running around unarmed?

Didn’t you know that the Ukraine is a gun free zone? That’ll stop the Russians!

Vancomycin on March 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Kerry is finally closer to Genghis Khan.

Oil Can on March 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

“Jenjiss”

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

he is an amateur on par with Jimmy Carter.

That’s on Dear Liar’s best day. He’s much worse than Carter.

rbj on March 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Mass the troops, pull them back, everyone says “See, Putin is reasonable!” American leftists point to Dog Eater and crow “He made Putin stand down!”

As if the 16,000 soldiers already in Crimea aren’t enough to shake it loose from Ukraine.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

More from CCN:

“We just heard from both President Obama and John Kerry, giving some pretty strong rhetoric”

If it wasn’t true, it’d be funny.

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Satelite Imagery of Roooooskie troop movements would be nice,..meanwhile
heres some sight-seeing:

Crimea as Seen in Satellite Images
By Tom Yulsman | March 2, 2014 1:06 pm
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2014/03/02/crimea-seen-satellite-images/#.UxYNbs4Z6So

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I hope they just wrote the $1 billion check directly out to Putin.
That will save a lot of trouble depositing it and waiting the for 3 days for it to clear.

Jomama on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
58m
Secretary of State John Kerry after viewing streets of Kiev, Ukraine: ‘The United States extends it’s deepest condolences to those whose grief is very fresh … We have, at this moment, evidence of a great transformation taking place, and we stand with Ukrainians in that transformation’ – @ajamlive blog
read more on aljazeera.com

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Mass the troops, pull them back, everyone says “See, Putin is reasonable!” American leftists point to Dog Eater and crow “He made Putin stand down!”

As if the 16,000 soldiers already in Crimea aren’t enough to shake it loose from Ukraine.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — The prime minister of Crimea, the autonomous Ukrainian republic seized by Russian military forces, said Tuesday that most Ukrainian military units on the peninsula had surrendered and pledged allegiance to his pro-Russian government, and that local officials were working to speed up a referendum on independence.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said that regional officials were in control of the security situation, even as armed standoffs continued between Russian forces and Ukrainian troops at several military installations, including a base near the airport of Belbek near Sevastopol.

“There is no safety threat to human life in Crimea,” Mr. Aksyonov said.

It was not possible to independently verify Mr. Aksyonov’s claims, and even he did not assert that all military units were now aligned with his administration. He did indicate, however, that he believed enough forces were loyal to him to eliminate the threat of an armed insurrection in Crimea.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/world/europe/crimea-ukraine-russia.html?_r=0

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The Russians decided to just stop by and help Ukraine as it sought to stave off economic collapse..

Fenris on March 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
58m
Secretary of State John Kerry after viewing streets of Kiev, Ukraine: ‘The United States extends it’s deepest condolences to those whose grief is very fresh … We have, at this moment, evidence of a great transformation taking place, and we stand with Ukrainians in that transformation’ – @ajamlive blog
read more on aljazeera.com

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Is he sure he’s in Ukraine?

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

More from CCN:

“We just heard from both President Obama and John Kerry, giving some pretty strong rhetoric”

If it wasn’t true, it’d be funny.

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

In the Dubya era this was known as beating the war drums, now it’s smart power.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Follow

Putin likens US in Ukr to mad scientist: “They sit there across the pond as if in a lab running all kinds of experiments on the rats.”
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Um,,..again, Sat. Imagey would be helpful!

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Is he sure he’s in Ukraine?

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

davidk:0

YES,…its the 57TH State!!

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

theres another billion wasted

dmacleo on March 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Are Russian forces massing or retreating from Ukraine border?

…it’s just a bunch of guys…out walking the streets!…for gosh sakes!…haven’t you seen the videos?

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

There would be the “reset” with Russia, the “new beginning” in the Middle East, the end of Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and so much more. Mr. Obama would practice “smart diplomacy.” After all, he understood things the rest of us did not. And if you didn’t accept his view of the world, you weren’t simply mistaken; you were an ideologue, a hyper-partisan, a dullard, perhaps a fool, and/or someone whose thinking belonged to bygone era. Watch the contemptuous way the president dismissed Mitt Romney in a presidential debate on the topic of Russia — despite the fact that events have proven Romney right and Obama wrong.

Then there was another really stupid political opponent of Obama who predicted that if the United States didn’t do something against Russia’s invasion of Georgia, Russia would later invade Ukraine. This political opponent was stupid enough to claim that she could see Russia from her state.

Sarah Palin predicted this in October 2008–over 5 years ago! But the constitutional law professor was SOOOOOO cool and smart, not like the hick chick Caribou Barbie…who saw this coming 5 years ago!

Steve Z on March 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Obama – Ya’ll quit being 19th century…K?

workingclass artist on March 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

And what is Obama’s most personally vocal response during this time of crisis where Russia has invaded a sovereign nation?

“Hey you Jews, stop building settlements over there in Israel!”

Way to go Barky.

smfic on March 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
5m
Prime ministers in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary condemn Russian actions ‘threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine’ – @WSJ
end of alert

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Putin should use drones like Obama and watch the world flip out over the use by the Russians.

albill on March 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

What the H happened to John F’n Kerry’s nose?

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Maybe he got too much Snap, Crackle, Pop from his Rice Krispies, and they went up his nose. He’ll fill out forms for his fourth Purple Heart next week.

Steve Z on March 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka 38m

Secretary of State John Kerry lights a candle and lays roses atop the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev. #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/SLdOHdZAy8

https://twitter.com/NerdyWonka/status/440897259786354688/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Oh my…ABC and Yahoo bullying Obama now?

Blurred Lines: 6 Countries That Totally Ignored Obama’s Demands

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

One might suspect that Russia’s leaking of the Victoria Nuland’s “F- the EU” phone conversation about a new Ukranian president might have been setting up the PR rationale that the U.S. was meddling in Ukranian internal affairs. Sounds like a chess move to me.

butch on March 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Dio Perix ‏@Dio_Perix 37s

#NATO – Statement by the NAC following meeting under article 4 of the Washington Treaty – http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_107716.htm?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social%2Bmedia&utm_content=140304%2BSG%20statement&utm_campaign=social%2Bmedia … #Ukraine
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04 Mar. 2014
Statement by the North Atlantic Council following meeting under article 4 of the Washington Treaty
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The North Atlantic Council has met at Poland’s request to hold consultations within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, which states that “the parties will consult whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any of the parties is threatened.”

Despite repeated calls by the international community, Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to violate its international commitments.

These developments present serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro‑Atlantic area.

Allies stand together in the spirit of strong solidarity in this grave crisis.

We undertake to pursue and intensify our rigorous and on-going assessment of the implications of this crisis for Alliance security, in close coordination and consultation.

We continue to support all constructive efforts for a peaceful solution to the current crisis in accordance with international law. We welcome the ongoing efforts undertaken by the United Nations, the European Union, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

We will continue to consult with Ukraine within the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

We will engage with Russia in the NATO-Russia Council. We will hold a meeting tomorrow.
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http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_107716.htm?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social%2Bmedia&utm_content=140304%2BSG%20statement&utm_campaign=social%2Bmedia

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM

No worries. Shortly, Obama will make a speech read his teleprompter and all will be well once again.

PJ Emeritus on March 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Interesting, Rush just used Peter Wehner’s analysis and brave Wehner no credit for the analysis.

xkaydet65 on March 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Brave means gave. I hate self correction in android.

xkaydet65 on March 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry lights a candle and lays roses atop the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev.

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

He’s going to be needing a lot more candles by the time this thing is over.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Why are Ukrainian forces running around unarmed?

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Intentional. They do not want to repeat the mistake the Georgian’s made.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Is he sure he’s in Ukraine?

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

It will be seared, seared in his memory.

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Is he sure he’s in Ukraine?

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

It will be seared, seared in his memory.

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

They gave him a hat.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The flat footed left were warned years ago.

A little play on Kerry’s remarks of Mitt back in 2012.

I think that Secretary of State John Kerry has been breathtakingly off target, and naive and in fact wrong in his judgment about Russia when he said that Mitt Romney was wrong about Russia as our number one [geopolitical] foe. I cannot think of any statement that frankly is more inappropriately threatening and simply wrong by any calculus than that of Secretary of State John Kerry.

plutorocks on March 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I feel like I am in the old USSR. If one of our state run medi….err propaganda outlets says Russia is retreating I know they are advancing. The propagandists have far too much invested to ever let King Barky the Incompetent show failure. I fully expect that we will see a blackout as Obama and his “Fecal Touch” really starts to screw the pooch in Eastern Europe.

OAN, what sanctions? Nothing is coming out of the UNSC. The EU ain’t going to do a damn thing because Putin will have some NatGas disruptions somewhere in the Ukraine. Truth is the USA alone under Obama will have zero to nil economic effect. We are now a paper tiger economically and militarily. The USA is fundamentally changed and it is going to be very bad for us and the rest of the west.

jukin3 on March 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

He’s going to be needing a lot more candles by the time this thing is over.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Happy Nomad: Sadly, I think your right!:)

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Russian forces appeared to be retreating from those positions:

Allowing your subject to have a little hope before snatching it away is an old KGB interrogation tactic used to demoralize its victims.

agmartin on March 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

What’s happening on every level is tragic. He really must be removed from office.

We are losing our Republic, and becoming a nation of men, not laws.

bobcalco on March 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

********************* ALERT ********************************!!

Ukrainian political crisis
59s
Report: Russia test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile, defense ministry says – RIA via @Reuters

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Jeebus… Don’t Putin know that only American Presidents can invade other countries…. wasn’t he watching our kill’n in Iraq and Libya …just to name 2…. some people never learn.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Russia successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

Update: The Pentagon tells Luis Martinez of ABC News that the United States had been notified of the test, which was planned ahead of the recent and current unrest in Ukraine.

The RIA report in Russian is here. Update: an Interfax report is here. Please note that the latest reports are in Russian.

Kaffa on March 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

e RIA report in Russian is here. Update: an Interfax report is here. Please note that the latest reports are in Russian.

Kaffa on March 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Kaffa:0
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Reuters World ‏@ReutersWorld 38m

U.S. received proper Russian notification ahead of its ICBM test-fire: U.S. official to Reuters
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canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

By the fall of 2016 Putin will be on the border of Germany and O’Blowhard will still be warning of costs.

Hitler ran circle around Chamberlain and the British until Churchill inherited a country under attack and Europe gone.

Question: So what happens if North Korea, China, Iran, and Lebanon all get rowdy at the same time?

Starlink on March 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Nothing good; by then our military will be capable of handling 5/16ths of a war and two embassy evacuations at the same time.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Sanctions only work on countries that depend on your largesse. Russia won’t care about our iittle sanction-tantrum.

James on March 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Pulling back is sometimes indicative of an imminent attack. Sometimes the initial massing is done to see how the defensive forces are positioning themselves and to listen to how they communicate. Communications patterns by the offensive forces are the best indicator of whether or not an attack is going to occur. Usually a decrease just before an attack.

rlwo2008 on March 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Question: So what happens if North Korea, China, Iran, and Lebanon all get rowdy at the same time?

Starlink on March 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Single Payer!! Woohoo! Yeah Baby!!!

WryTrvllr on March 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM