Uh oh: Reports claim Ukrainian air force base in Sevastopol has been stormed by pro-Russian forces

posted at 3:13 pm on March 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

Initially it was only Russian outfits like Pravda and Interfax that were reporting it, but now Time mag’s man in Moscow says Ukrainian officials are hearing the same thing.

They may be Russian troops or they may be “Crimean irregulars.” The Interpreter is updating minute by minute on its liveblog. Whether this is a prelude to a larger Russian invasion or some isolated skirmish with Ukrainians at the base is unclear right now. The fear all along has been that Putin would engineer some sort of incident between the two sides and use it as a pretext to send in more troops, possibly on into eastern Ukraine too, but this would be an odd way to do it. A classic pretext would be to target ethnic Russian civilians in Crimea and then start landing Russian soldiers in the name of “protecting” them. Picking a fight with Ukrainian troops at a base obviates the “protection” excuse and makes it a more traditional war. Why would he do that?

No reports of shots fired yet, but sit tight. While this is going on at the base, there are also reports of 15 trucks’ worth of Russian paratroopers disembarking at Sevastopol.

Update: Russian forces demand R-S-P-E-C-T.

Update: Rather than get in a firefight and give Putin his pretext, win or lose, Ukrainian troops inside the base have retreated to a bunker.

Update: More hardball from Russia, in case their friends in the EU are seriously considering meaningful sanctions:

The Russians also sent menacing economic signals to the financially stressed interim central government in Kiev, which Russia has refused to recognize. Gazprom, the Russian natural gas monopoly, which supplies Ukraine with most of its gas, warned that it might shut off supplies unless Ukraine paid $1.89 billion that it owes the company.

“We cannot deliver gas for free,” Russia news agencies quoted Gazprom’s chief executive Alexei Miller as saying.

Gazprom cut off gas to Ukraine for nearly two weeks in January 2009, causing severe economic problems for Ukraine and for European customers elsewhere who were dependent on supplies delivered through Ukraine.

Update: In case you thought that Crimean independence referendum was a total sham orchestrated by Moscow and its loyalists to force the province away from Ukraine, rest assured that … you were totally right.

Voters in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea who vote in the March 16 referendum have two choices – join Russia immediately or declare independence and then join Russia.

So the choices are “yes, now” or “yes, later.”

Voting “no” is not an option.

Update: Here’s Time’s story on the attack on the base. Russian forces appear to be a mix of regulars and local pro-Russian paramilitary units.

Update: There’s a surrender in the works.


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Reagan weeps from the grave.

hawkdriver on March 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

He ain’t weeping – he’s pissed.

Midas on March 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

A stuffed Bishop to decorate my den. What a prize!

Foxhound on March 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Ten run rule is in effect. Good game Mr. President!

Dog walker on March 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Should be “the grifters are ON vacay…” Sorry, Macallan 12 again.

rick_blaines_forehead on March 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Pretty much. It all depends on who wins in the end.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Let justice reign! /sarc

Yeah, the winners write the history books.

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Does that summary execution thing also apply to the patriotic resistance (ANTI-Yanukovych) Maidan protesters?

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

If they’re paid by, or armed by, the CIA, it doesn’t count. It was in the fine print.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Any word yet if Stompyfoot is…stompinghisfoot?

d1carter on March 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Ukrainian dudes in the bunker: “Damnit, which one of you made the offensive youtube video undoubtedly responsible for this situation?”

Midas on March 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Hooked ya :D

Foxhound on March 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

-_-

Bishop on March 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Except, who is going to enforce it? cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Well that’s always the question, isn’t it?

The Russians obviously don’t fear capture or casualties, so your question is moot for them. I do wonder however, what their motivation is for eschewing insignia. I can’t think of a precedent for this going back centuries in the West. Odd.

Akzed on March 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Any word yet if Stompyfoot is…stompinghisfoot?

d1carter on March 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Yes; he just missed a 4″ putt.

Midas on March 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

CNN response: Putin is a big, mean H8ful bully (and poopyhead). Y? For invading Ukraine and violating law? No, nthing lik that. He meanie bcz he make Obama look bad. :-( Wrng side of herstory 4 sure!

DisneyFan on March 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Lurch lost his “hunting license” hence no response from SecState.

viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

He bumped his head getting off of SOS1, so I expect another Purple Heart is in order.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Where is the Leader of he Free World…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

This “referendum” is a total farce.

Let’s not pretend this is a free and fair vote, when armed Russian thugs are present outside each polling station. The result is already predetermined, much like the Russian presidential “election” where Putin received 107% of the vote in places like Chechnya:

http://m.newser.com/story/141159/in-chechnya-107-turnout-for-putin.html

Norwegian on March 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Yes, I remember that. Chicago officials oversaw the election.

Yep.

Imagine Chicago + Philly corruption x infinity, add state-endorsed violence, deduct all legal protections and you got Russia in a nutshell.

Norwegian on March 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

It’s time to send in the USMC and nuke Moscow or otherwise the US loses credibility. Any other president would have done it already.

Foxhound on March 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

ValJar has the football and she would never give up the codes.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Update: There’s a surrender in the works.

The #Ukraine & #Russia officers were discussing terms of surrender/truce when local #Crimea militia and began roughing up journos. standoff

So is there any actually assault taking place or not?

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Reports claim Ukrainian air force base in Sevastopol has been stormed by pro-Russian

Were they “pro Russian” or “Russian” troops? That is the question.

timberline on March 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

So is there any actually assault taking place or not?

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

well, there is this –

It’s all over. Two Russian Volga trucks drove off after “talks”. Ukrainian officer says about 30 to 40 Rus troops involved

— Roland Oliphant (@RolandOliphant) March 7, 2014

runner on March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Doomberg on March 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Your first example was not the result of a treaty but some “understanding” or “memorandum” or whatever. Perhaps Ukraine can now say “lesson learned.”

Your second re: Japan, good. They should spill their own blood in defense of territories they claim.

And the rabble behind the coup in Ukraine was funded by the US and Ebay.

Akzed on March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

If this were a fist fight, Obama would threaten Putin with another face to the fist!! :-)

Deano1952 on March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

The next meeting of Putin and Zero will feature S-O-C-K I-T T-O M-E instead of Hail to the Thief.

viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

OMG, LMAO!!!

/Windex!

Key West Reader on March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Akzed on March 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Plausible deniability. And it is not moot. There is a method to their actions. This is being played out on the world stage where nowdays pictures mean everything.

Lots of precedent. In the days gone by, fighters would don the uniform of their chosen side, WWI American fighter pilots on both sides before America entered, and the famous AVG in China during WWII.

There are also the Tennessee volunteers at the Alamo who wore no insignia at all.

And of course, Russian fighters in Georgia from just a few years ago.

The only thing that has gone against the Russians is that the Ukrainians are not falling into the trap set for them. Again, see Georgia 2008.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

The next meeting of Putin and Zero will feature S-O-C-K I-T T-O M-E instead of Hail to the Thief. viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Probably more like S-C-K I-T T-O M-E.

Akzed on March 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

well, there is this –

It’s all over. Two Russian Volga trucks drove off after “talks”. Ukrainian officer says about 30 to 40 Rus troops involved

— Roland Oliphant (@RolandOliphant) March 7, 2014

runner on March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

So it was an assault talk?

Did they surrender, or was it just a panicky phone call to Kiev when they saw some militia putting the boots to a journalist?

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Fox News:

Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed the report to Fox News based on the latest intelligence available to U.S. officials. An estimated 20,000 Russian troops are now in Crimea, including roughly 15,000 that were stationed at its naval base in Sevastapol, Ukraine. A senior U.S. official told Fox News that no additional U.S. military commitments are expected as of Friday, adding that it’s not in “national interest” to go war over Ukraine.

Will Putin stop with Crimea? I doubt that he wants all of Ukraine. It’s a financial disaster that he can leave the EU/US to deal with.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Why would he do that?

Because he can.

jnelchef on March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/07/ukraine-crisis-putin-russia-crimea-us-eu-sanctions-live-updates

The Guardian’s Shaun Walker has been speaking with the deputy commander of the Yukharina Balka post.

Shaun is told that Russian troops stormed a gate and threatened to shoot to kill; the Ukrainians ignored them; local “self-defense” forces arrived and beat journalists on the scene; and the Russians left.

Too much vodka?

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Come on Putin, you are going to totally mess up Obama’s vacation….

Oh he is going – he might have to stop golfing for 5 min for phone calls
from Kerry…..not that it would make a diff anyway.

redguy on March 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Plausible deniability. And it is not moot. There is a method to their actions. This is being played out on the world stage where nowdays pictures mean everything.

Well that’s so simple I didn’t think of it. But there are satellite photos of them rolling out of Russia I assume, so… their nationality isn’t really in dispute is it?

Lots of precedent. In the days gone by, fighters would don the uniform of their chosen side, WWI American fighter pilots on both sides before America entered, and the famous AVG in China during WWII.

Well that’s spying and mercenary activity.

There are also the Tennessee volunteers at the Alamo who wore no insignia at all.

Ok, meaning that they woulda been irregular combatants had the GC been thought of.

And of course, Russian fighters in Georgia from just a few years ago. cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Hadn’t notice their want of insignia then. Maybe it also has something to do with being in former provinces?

Akzed on March 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I assume from the timing of this that Putin has heard of the Obama administration’s practice of the Friday afternoon news dump.

agmartin on March 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Will Putin stop with Crimea? I doubt that he wants all of Ukraine. It’s a financial disaster that he can leave the EU/US to deal with.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

He’s probably learned from the Georgia incursions. But I’d bet he’ll take any bite when he thinks he can chew it.

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

So is there any actually assault taking place or not?

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

my totally unqualified opinion? yes the base was stormed, and the ukranian troops there were told to leave. two officers talked. the ukranian one said he does not have orders to leave, and needs to talk to kiev. the other dude probably gave him a time frame and told them that they have orders to shoot.

or…
they were looking for a drink and when found out the ukranians did not have any, left.

runner on March 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

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Russian troops reportedly leave Sevastopol, Ukraine, base they seized for a brief time – @shaunwalker7, @RolandOliphant

Shaun Walker ‏@shaunwalker7 37m

Russian troops v disciplined. Worst is not that they’re pretending to be “self-defence” units, but that they’re working with actual SD thugs
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All related to me right now by the deputy commander of the base. Self defence guys dispersed into the night. Dark, really dark.

Roland Oliphant ‏@RolandOliphant 43m

It’s all over. Two Russian Volga trucks drove off after “talks”. Ukrainian officer says about 30 to 40 Rus troops involved
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Roland Oliphant ‏@RolandOliphant 1h

Evilly menacing atmosphere at base entrance. Cameraman got badly bashed up before we got here pic.twitter.com/57JG2NuNyZ

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

or…
they were looking for a drink and when found out the ukranians did not have any, left.

runner on March 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I suspect this is probably closer to the truth.

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Anshel Pfeffer ‏@AnshelPfeffer 1h

70 #Ukraine soldiers still barricaded in bunkers at 5KM base. #Russia troops broke thru perimeter now demanding they surrender #Crimea
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The Interpreter ‏@Interpreter_Mag 1h

Ukraine Liveblog: Ukrainian troops flee to bunker after Russian troops sieze part of a base in Sevastopol http://bit.ly/1hTHAJR

https://twitter.com/CIGeography

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

BREAKING!

Obama to speak to the nation from the Oval Office tonight at 8:30 pm, EDST. The president is expected speak about the Russian incursion into Crimea, and will ask the country to join in a coast-to-coast round of “Kum Bay Yah” until Putin relents and orders his troops out of Crimea.

Stand by for updates………….

BobMbx on March 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

He’s probably learned from the Georgia incursions. But I’d bet he’ll take any bite when he thinks he can chew it.

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

He didn’t want all of Georgia either.

He got the part of the Ukraine he wanted.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM

BobMbx on March 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I heard we wuz gonna sing “R’spect.”

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I assume from the timing of this that Putin has heard of the Obama administration’s practice of the Friday afternoon news dump.

agmartin on March 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Good point.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

or…
they were looking for a drink and when found out the ukranians did not have any, left.

runner on March 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Hand out free vodka to all the Russian invaders! What a brilliant strategic move that might be.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

So it was an assault talk?

Did they surrender, or was it just a panicky phone call to Kiev when they saw some militia putting the boots to a journalist?

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

It’s pretty much impossible to get accurate news out of Crimea now with the Russians in control and (maybe) fake militia running around to boot.

Will Putin stop with Crimea? I doubt that he wants all of Ukraine. It’s a financial disaster that he can leave the EU/US to deal with.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

There was a good WSJ article on Crimea this morning. It indicated the region is relatively poor and costs Ukraine over a billion a year. If Putin annexes the whole thing it might do Ukraine some good financially, assuming he doesn’t lop off anything else important.

While Ukraine is in terrible financial shape, they have something very important: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/business/international/chevron-and-ukraine-sign-deal-on-shale-gas.html?_r=0 That makes it a critical strategic asset, especially for a Europe that would like to stop being dependent on Russian gas and oil. Successful development of the oil fields would probably also bolster the otherwise moribund Ukrainian economy.

Doomberg on March 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

He got the part of the Ukraine he wanted.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM

If he picked up Odessa, he could leave Kiev landlocked. I’m not sure about the rest. Donetsk?

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

15 trucks w/ Russian soldiers from Black Sea Fleet land in #Sevastopol, make way to #Ukraine military base, storm, seize part, MoD confirms.
3:03 PM – 7 Mar 2014
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karklisCarto ‏@KarklisCarto Mar 5

Crimea MAP update: http://wapo.st/ukraine-maps focus on Sevastopol pic.twitter.com/nhORAEEzi0

https://twitter.com/KarklisCarto/status/441414076074565632/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

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Ukraine defense ministry spokesman confirms Russians have pulled back from Sevastopol air base – @shustry
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Now the bad news: A crew from Ukraine TV channel Inter badly beaten by armed irregulars outside the base, Ukraine Defense Ministry says
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Ukraine MoD spoxman confirms that Russians have pulled back. “The base is now in complete control of Ukraine armed forces.”
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Simon Shuster ‏@shustry 23m

First photo I’ve seen reportedly from stormed base. Russians apparently backing off. Scare tactic? pic.twitter.com/2L0gsuRkXw via @mrzff

https://twitter.com/shustry

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Anshel Pfeffer ‏@AnshelPfeffer 34m

“This week I wanted to tear up my photo with Putin after his soldiers threatened my men” (Col. Yuliy Memchur Ukr AF) pic.twitter.com/h5TJwHFDvE
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Memchur:”8 months ago I was incharge of Putin’s airspace security when he came to Sevastopol for Black Sea Fleet day” pic.twitter.com/CsYioBkWTJ

https://twitter.com/AnshelPfeffer/status/442045349143011329/photo/1/large

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Obama, Biden stick to vacation schedules despite Ukraine crisis

The travel schedules of both the president and Vice President Biden have come under scrutiny, given the rapidly changing situation in Ukraine. Obama, already in Florida to talk about education, was planning to spend some family time this weekend in Key Largo, Fla., where he arrived late in the day. Biden, meanwhile, will be in the Virgin Islands.

The country is in the best of hands.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Retweeted by NATOSource
RealClearHistory ‏@RealClearHistry 1h

March 7, 1936, the Nazis reoccupy the demilitarized Rhineland in flagrant violation of the Versailles Treaty. Watch: http://ow.ly/ulET4

https://twitter.com/NATOSource

Nazi Germany Remilitarizes Rhineland
Video:(9:17)
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http://realclearhistory.com/video/2014/03/07/nazi_germany_remilitarizes_rhineland.html

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Now the bad news: A crew from Ukraine TV channel Inter badly beaten by armed irregulars outside the base, Ukraine Defense Ministry says

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

When is Anderson Cooper going to Crimea? Just asking.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The country is in the best of hands.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Kaffa: *Rolls Eyes*,…..typical!:)

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

When is Anderson Cooper going to Crimea? Just asking.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Kaffa: Oh man,…ahems,..he would get beaten up twice,..once for being a
JournOlister,…and the second for the Gay thingy!!:)

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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Senior US defense official says ‘the Russians are now entrenched’ in Crimea, Ukraine – @NBCNews

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Well here we go again…another crazy dictator hell bent on taking over other countries and we have a community organizer in the White House. I’m sure that Obama is once again, “deeply concerned” about this.

cajunpatriot on March 7, 2014 at 5:09 PM

If Putin continues with this sort of Sleazekrieg of sending in no-name thugs as ‘Pro-Russian forces’ to take over places, just which country would actually put up a fight?

And if China tries this in Siberia, what is Putin’s likely response?

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

20 Russian troops inside, moving toward command post of Crimea base, guarded by 100 Ukrainian troops, reports @ukrpravda_news

How is it that 100 Ukrainian troops couldn’t repel an attack by 20 Russian troops, and are now surrendering?

Steve Z on March 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

The travel schedules of both the president and Vice President Biden have come under scrutiny, given the rapidly changing situation in Ukraine. Obama, already in Florida to talk about education, was planning to spend some family time this weekend in Key Largo, Fla., where he arrived late in the day.

“Listen, children, for the exciting conclusion of My Pet Goat”.

Steve Z on March 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

On a Friday?
Could it be that Putin took a page from Obama?

DinaRehn on March 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

And if China tries this in Siberia, what is Putin’s likely response?

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I suspect it would involve machine gun fire.

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

How is it that 100 Ukrainian troops couldn’t repel an attack by 20 Russian troops, and are now surrendering?

Steve Z on March 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

There was no attack and they didn’t surrender. Everything the Kiev media reported seems to be wrong.

They seem to have been negotiating a surrender when a truck drove up and some guys beat a reporter up.

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM

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US State Department SAYS IT authorized the return of family members of US government personnel to Ukraine on March 6 – @ZekeJMiller

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

It’s time to send in the USMC and nuke Moscow or otherwise the US loses credibility. Any other president would have done it already.

Foxhound on March 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

The US needs to start amassing its tanks along the Russian border. And this time, let’s not stop at Russia, do what Truman lacked the balls to do and drive all the way to Beijing.

bayam on March 7, 2014 at 5:21 PM

I suspect it would involve machine gun fire.

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Either that or some large cities suddenly developing glassitis.

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM

The US needs to start amassing its tanks along the Russian border. And this time, let’s not stop at Russia, do what Truman lacked the balls to do and drive all the way to Beijing.

bayam on March 7, 2014 at 5:21 PM

I read that some Russian tanks are armed with tactical nuclear weapons. Under Truman Russia did not have any nuclear weapons and we did. That time has past.

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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blockquote>Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

He’s probably learned from the Georgia incursions. But I’d bet he’ll take any bite when he thinks he can chew it.

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

He didn’t want all of Georgia either.

He got the part of the Ukraine he wanted.

cozmo on March 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM

If he picked up Odessa, he could leave Kiev landlocked. I’m not sure about the rest. Donetsk?

Kaffa on March 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Why should we assume Putin’s done with Georgia? He’s still there. As for what part of the Ukraine he wants, that’s the big geopolitical strategic question, isn’t it? Seems we’re interpreting recent events through two different sets of assumptions:

1) Russia just needs to secure a warm water seaport; and

2) “Resurgent Russia” wants to put the old empire back together (not the U.S.S.R., the old Russian empire that predated it for several centuries).

1) doesn’t exclude 2), of course. So the question is: is there anything to 2)?

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Russia cannot ignore calls for help in this matter and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with the international law. – Putin

Responsibility to protect

Be careful what you wish for…you may get it!

sharrukin on March 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Update: It’s been reported that Valarie Jarrett is in the Oval Office telling President Obama he is still the strongest and smartest man in the world.

It’s unknown if the President can hear her over the sobs and wails coming from his mouth about “It’s not FAIR!”

GarandFan on March 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

‘Toons of the Day: The Charge of the Lightweight Brigade

Resist We Much on March 7, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Resist We Much:Good to see ya back,..lol, on the Obama Oval Blue rug
school speechy:0

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

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Armed men in Crimea’s capital city confiscate equipment from Associated Press employees, contractors working there – @AP
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Armed men confiscate AP equipment in Crimea
Mar. 7, 2014 5:10 PM EST
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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Armed men in Crimea’s capital city have confiscated equipment from Associated Press employees and contractors working there.

AP’s Global Media Services, a division of the news cooperative that provides services to broadcasters, said a crew was setting up a satellite uplink for a live camera position above a Simferopol restaurant Thursday. They were approached by unarmed men who asked them to turn off their broadcast lights and prevented them from leaving the building.

Two other men then came and took photos of AP’s equipment, including protective jackets, and accused the crew of being spies.

Later, armed men showed up and ordered the crew to put their hands against the wall while they cut cables and took the equipment away. Some of the equipment has been recovered, but much is still missing. The contractors and employees were kept at the building for about two hours before being released unharmed.

AP condemned the mishandling of its personnel and the taking of its equipment. Although the armed men weren’t identified, AP planned to vigorously protest the incident to the Crimean government.

“Any suggestion that these individuals were anything but journalists is ludicrous. They were professionals doing a job on a story that has generated keen interest among news audiences worldwide,” said John Daniszewski, AP senior managing editor for international news in New York.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/armed-men-confiscate-ap-equipment-crimea

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Interesting,…..the Spin:

Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:01 PM PST
US Did Not Spend $5 Billion to Destabilize Yanukovich

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/06/1282792/-US-Did-Not-Spend-5-Billion-to-Destabilize-Yanukovich

canopfor on March 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

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