Breaking: Ukraine military to pull out of Crimea

posted at 2:26 pm on March 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, the government in Kyiv attempted to issue an ultimatum over the seizure of Ukrainian military bases in Crimea and the capture of their naval chief. That turned out to be an empty bluff. Instead, the Ukrainian government will withdraw from the peninsula, and take their personnel and families back to the mainland:

Ukraine is drawing up plans to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea, the security and defence chief in Kiev says.

Andriy Parubiy said they wanted to move them “quickly and efficiently” to mainland Ukraine.

The earlier ultimatum promised an “adequate response,” but that didn’t scare the Russians much:

Ukraine’s acting president warned Crimea’s Kremlin-backed leaders on Wednesday they had only three hours to release the captured head of the splintered ex-Soviet country’s navy or face “an adequate response”.

Pro-Russian forces had earlier seized two Crimean navy bases and detained Ukraine’s naval chief as Moscow tightened its grip on the flashpoint peninsula despite Western warnings that its “annexation” would not go unpunished.

Dozens of despondent Ukrainian soldiers — one of them in tears — filed out of the Ukraine’s main navy headquarters in the historic Black Sea port city of Sevastopol after it was stormed by hundreds of pro-Kremlin protesters and masked Russian troops.

AFP shows Ukrainian sailors leaving their Crimean headquarters:

At this point, it still appears that Sergiy Gayduk is being held prisoner by Russian forces. They claimed that Gayduk was about to order Ukrainian forces to open fire on civilians, which would be a remarkable difference from the careful posture of Ukraine thus far to avoid any pretext for a further military invasion. One presumes that the retreat includes a handover of Gayduk and other hostages, but it’s not certain at this point.

Ukraine also declared today that it would leave the Russia-dominated Commonwealth of Independent States, which might end up being as provocative as Ukraine has been careful:

Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said Wednesday that Ukraine will leave the Commonwealth of Independent States, an international organization consisting of Russia and several former Soviet Republics.

The only other country to leave was Georgia, who left after the Russia-Georgia War of 2008. The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania never participated.

The Kremlin told BBC that Ukrainian soldiers on the peninsula are “free” to either switch sides or get the hell out:

It was unclear if the day’s events represented an organized push by the new Crimean government to force the Ukrainians out. The region’s many military installations have been sites of sporadic confrontations between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers since Russia took over the peninsula.

Ukrainian military officers who remain in Crimea are welcome to join the Russian army or are “free to leave the peninsula,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the BBC.

That’s an odd idea of “free,” but about on par for Russia these days.


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I hope the Ukranians destroy the bases, airstrips, and everything they leave behind.

Let the Russians rebuild it.

portlandon on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Smart power.

shinty on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

empty bluff

We’re seeing a lot of those.

‘Don’t call my bluff, Eric Vlad!’

‘Toons of the Day: Bellow Like A Banshee And Carry A Nerf Gun

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Surrender, Obama is calling Putin and asking him for guidance on how to do this to the Tea Party, you know the real evil in America. /s

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Funny how the Russian troops are afraid of showing themselves and overing their faces. Like they are about to commit a war atrocity or something.

Norwegian on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

sentinelrules on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

O-bama did it!!! He really did it. He sent Joe Biden to Poland and he scared the Russians out of Crimea. WE ARE A WORLD POWER AGAIN!!! Huzzah!!!

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I can hear Putin laughing at Obama from my front porch

Roy Rogers on March 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

You know, what the Ukrainians need is a reset button.

HiJack on March 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

1808 GMT: Russia has signaled that it is worried about the treatment of ethnic Russians in Estonia, even going so far as to compare Estonia to Ukraine:

Kaffa on March 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I can hear Putin laughing at Obama from my front porch

Roy Rogers on March 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Heh, good one. Sure would be nice to vote ups and downs on comments here.

HiJack on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

We know that the rat-eared coward was busy with March Madness.

Killary came out and said she hoped Putin wasn’t going to start a new Cold War. (How many times did you say hope wasn’t a plan sweetie?, and you were the shrew that handed over that overcharge button).

Biden is creating gaffes in Riga.

Where in the hell is John Kerry? You know, the Secretary of State.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Could it be bayam was wrong? bayam what say you?

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Then comes Eastern Ukraine and that’s it. He’ll stop there. /s

Oil Can on March 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I can hear Putin laughing at Obama from my front porch

Roy Rogers on March 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

That isn’t Putin, it’s the 1980s laughing its ass off that that the rat-eared wonder was actually claiming that terrorism was the biggest global threat.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I’m longing for the good old days when Democrat presidents showed real courage and bombed aspirin factories to show the enemy we meant business.

fogw on March 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Way to go, Joe! Our VP is a can-do guy! Take that, Pootey-Poot!

KS Rex on March 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

sentinelrules on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Well, now we know how WWIII starts.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Funny how the Russian troops are afraid of showing themselves and overing their faces. Like they are about to commit a war atrocity or something.

Norwegian on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Yep, Russian soldiers in burkhas. That’s the new face of Pooty’s reinvigorated Russian Empire?

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Could it be bayam was wrong? bayam what say you?

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

When has Braying-at-the-Moon ever been right?

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

PBHO played this like the true amateur that he is. Nonetheless, Putin bringing Crimea into the Russian fold is not such a bad thing, provided his ambitions don’t extend much further. This should also be our wake up call to recognize who we are dealing with and prepare accordingly.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

That isn’t Putin, it’s the 1980s laughing its ass off that that the rat-eared wonder was actually claiming that terrorism was the biggest global threat.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

You will have to condemn Bush too, for apparently being just as stupid. At least if this hold, we won’t have a significant “tough on terror” voting bloc again.

antisense on March 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Not good. We have a horrible economy and two enemies now. We should have never given China free trade.

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

sentinelrules on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Oil Can on March 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Serves them right for signing a treaty with the US and giving up their nukes and weapons…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

sentinelrules on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia, Poland, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Israel and The United States.

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

PBHO played this like the true amateur that he is. Nonetheless, Putin bringing Crimea into the Russian fold is not such a bad thing, provided his ambitions don’t extend much further. This should also be our wake up call to recognize who we are dealing with and prepare accordingly.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

And deduce the US Military to pre-WWII strength.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

sentinelrules on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

This is what I worry about. Russia is undermining U.S. credibility one step at a time. In 2008, it was Georgia, a small out of the way country that was pro-western, but had no real formal agreements to hold on to when it hit the fan. No response. Now, it’s Ukraine, a fairly large European nation that’s pro-western, has a formal document to hold up, but isn’t NATO. No real response.

Next, it’ll be a tiny NATO country, probably Estonia. They’ll dare America to start WWIII over a country with the population of Maine, and we’ll probably blink again. With each of these incidents, we’re trading credibility and strength for a few more years of peace. Not a sustainable path.

LukeinNE on March 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Well, now we know how WWIII starts.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Obama won’t start WWIII, he will surrender America and retire to Hawaii….
thus finishing his fundamental transformation of America and the pivotal experiment of the Soviet Union continues.

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

How many 3AM calls can there be?

/spine of steel and stuff

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Or, we could “reduce” it.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Funny how the Russian troops are afraid of showing themselves and overing their faces. Like they are about to commit a war atrocity or something.

Norwegian on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I don’t see any identifying insignia or ranks or anything that those conventions in Geneva talked about…

… Is this also the “New Normal”?

Seven Percent Solution on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

What will Obama do when Russia sends in nukes to Cuba???

If I were Obama, I would be invading Cuba and hanging Castro from a light post……

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The Kremlin told BBC that Ukrainian soldiers on the peninsula are “free” to either switch sides or get the hell out:

Two more days.

forest on March 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

How many 3AM calls can there be?

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

For the first time in my life I am ashamed of my country.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Russian dressing not as popular in US as Ranch… Putin concerned… considers options…

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

How many 3AM calls can there be?

/spine of steel and stuff

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I think the 3AM, 4AM, 5AM, 6AM, 7AM, 8AM calls have gone unanswered….

It is now 9AM and Barry is out playing golf…..

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

And deduce the US Military to pre-WWII strength.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

A rather meaningless statistic. The problem is not reducing the military it is reducing the combat effectiveness of the military. With intelligent cuts, we could easily cut 10% out of the bloated hide of our DoD without sacrificing a single soldier, weapons system, or an iota of logistics efficiency. However, military brass is a political beast as much as any Congress critter and will insist on the wrong choices to make their “plight” felt.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

are “free” to either switch sides or get the hell out

…even sounds…like JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 2:55 PM

What will Obama do when Russia sends in nukes to Cuba???
redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Rush was just talking about this on the radio. Cuba is very dependent on Venezuela especially for oil. If Venezuela cuts back on its aid to Cuba, Putin would be in position to pick up the slack and establish basis in Cuba.

Kaffa on March 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Kaffa on March 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Not that Rash’s speculation means a spit in the ocean, but I have long thought it was time for us to open relations with Cuba. It is the right thing for us and for them.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia, Poland, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Israel and The United States.

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I heard China is worried the treatment of ethnic Chinese in the US.

Oil Can on March 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

A rather meaningless statistic. The problem is not reducing the military it is reducing the combat effectiveness of the military. With intelligent cuts, we could easily cut 10% out of the bloated hide of our DoD without sacrificing a single soldier, weapons system, or an iota of logistics efficiency. However, military brass is a political beast as much as any Congress critter and will insist on the wrong choices to make their “plight” felt.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

And I’ll tell you from a user standpoint, that’s not what’s happening. Nice words though.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Obama won’t start WWIII, he will surrender America and retire to Hawaii….
thus finishing his fundamental transformation of America and the pivotal experiment of the Soviet Union continues.

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM

^This.^

My collie says:

The rodeo clown will not only cede Estonia, but Latvia, and Lithuania as well. I suspect that Putin can even have Poland if he wants it.

I don’t believe that the proud members of our military would follow this rodeo clown into battle ANYWHERE on the planet. It’s as simple as that.

CyberCipher on March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

What is not happening? Rational cuts? Yeah, I told that and I told you why not.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Durbin echoed that sentiment, noting that handling these sorts of crises is more about judgment than experience. “It isn’t a matter of just who is picking up the phone,” said Durbin. “It’s about getting the right answer.” -2008

Does no answer count?

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I heard China is worried the treatment of ethnic Chinese in the US.

Oil Can on March 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Well most of them have moved into my neighborhood…..

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I heard China is worried the treatment of ethnic Chinese in the US.

Oil Can on March 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

My collie says:

Probably because we are mistreating them by forcing them into attendance at Ivy League schools, forcing a large number of them to become Rhodes scholars, and insisting that they buy up most of our property with all the wealth that we forced them to amass.

Here’s a doggie biscuit for that one, collie.

CyberCipher on March 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I hope the Ukranians destroy the bases, airstrips, and everything they leave behind.

Let the Russians rebuild it.

portlandon on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

The Ruskies secured those already.

jimver on March 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I heard China is worried the treatment of ethnic Chinese in the US.

Oil Can on March 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I heard Israel is worried about the treatment of Jews in the Arab world… but we all know they were askin’ for it.

/

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I heard China is worried the treatment of ethnic Chinese in the US.

Oil Can on March 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I heard Russia is worried about the treatment of the Russian Jews in Israel :)..

jimver on March 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Earlier today, the government in Kyiv …

Kyiv? What happened to “Kiev”? Has Putin changed the conventional English spelling? What next, “Warshinktin”?

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Either this, or perhaps Yellen speaking is making the market very unhappy right now.

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia
sentinelrules on March 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights.

Akzed on March 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I don’t think Yellen’s statement spooked them. If anything she indicated that rates will stay low despite the headline unemployment figure of 6.5%. QE to continue as planned.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

QE tapering to continue as planned.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Kyiv? What happened to “Kiev”? Has Putin changed the conventional English spelling? What next, “Warshinktin”?

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

In cyrillic: Киев.

As the determiner of phonetic spelling of Russian words, I say it’s Kiev. Or knob.

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

What will Obama do when Russia sends in nukes to Cuba???
redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

That might be seen as provocative, you know, as Putin saw the western-sponsored coup in Ukraine.

Akzed on March 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

My collie says:

I heard that Bad Vlad is worried about the treatment of Russian oil workers in North Dakota. He says that the whole fracking thing is a cover for the FEMA forced labor camps that are being used to enslave Russians in North Dakota. Vlad cites Alex Jones’ web-site as proof positive and insists that the fracking must stop immediately. He is now working with Canada to amass a liberation force along the 48th parallel.

CyberCipher on March 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The direct result of Obama’s promise for increased flexibility.

Deafdog on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Where in the hell is John Kerry? You know, the Secretary of State.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Hah! Nomad you are too funny. It would be a total freakin’ disaster if Barky would ever appoint someone as moronic as JF’nKerry as SecState. I don’t think even Barky would ever be that stupid, I mean….oh, wait.

NOMOBO on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I don’t think Yellen’s statement spooked them. If anything she indicated that rates will stay low despite the headline unemployment figure of 6.5%. QE to continue as planned.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Gotcha.

Well, *something* spooked them, hehe.

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

It sounds like Putin is looking to queer the Iran nuke deal. If anything I consider ending that sham to be a very good thing. Thank you Vlad!

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

What will Obama do when Russia sends in nukes to Cuba???
redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

What brave JFK did… remove US missiles from anywhere near Russia.

Before Cuban Missile Crisis (brought on by JFK’s weakness):

No USSR missiles in Cuba
Many US missiles in Turkey

After Cuban Missile Crisis

No USSR missiles in Cuba
No US missiles in Turkey

Yay?

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

In cyrillic: Киев.

As the determiner of phonetic spelling of Russian words, I say it’s Kiev. Or knob.

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I say it’s “Target”. Putin won’t stand for Ukraine leaving the CIS.

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Where in the hell is John Kerry? You know, the Secretary of State.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Not even his wife knows what his opinion on Russian occupation is.

mankai on March 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

What will Obama do when Russia sends in nukes to Cuba???
redguy on March 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Haven’t you heard? The Monroe Doctrine is dead.

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

What is not happening? Rational cuts? Yeah, I told that and I told you why not.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

No, it’s cuts you would approve of that make no sense to the active Army at least. The bloated civilians and DOD employees you’ve spoke of in the past. Austerity already has gutted those ranks. The sum total of the results I see every day? A simulations center at Simmons AAF that used to be the regional place to go for aviation simulation and academics support is dead in the water. One “one” person to act as both the administrator and device operator for a TBOS and 2B38 (both Blackhawk simulators) that cover eight two hour period between them. Forget the fact a site administrator normally doesn’t have much time to act as a device operator. Forget the fact he cannot be in two devices simultaneously. Even for “one” device “one” operator has about ten minutes in between four consecutive two hour periods that run from about 0800 in the mooring until 16:30 in the afternoon.

Common theme.

hawkdriver on March 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

The direct result of Obama’s promise for increased flexibility.

Deafdog on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Yep, I think we now know pretty much exactly what was being discussed during that conversation.

Midas on March 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

I don’t think Yellen’s statement spooked them. If anything she indicated that rates will stay low despite the headline unemployment figure of 6.5%. QE to continue as planned.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I might have covered that yesterday – inflation is still way too low (i.e. federal debt is too too high a percentage of GDP) for Yellen to stop artificially tanking the interest rate paid on Treasury securities.

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

If you did, it was the right call. She more or less confirmed what most people expected. I will note that food inflation is a problem but the price increases are clearly not the result of excess money.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

In cyrillic: Киев.

As the determiner of phonetic spelling of Russian words, I say it’s Kiev. Or knob.

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM
I say it’s “Target”. Putin won’t stand for Ukraine leaving the CIS.

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

You are probably right.

Wikipedia tells us not to blame Putin for the Roman alphabet spelling:

Currently, Kiev is the traditional and most commonly used English name for the city, but in 1995 the Ukrainian government adopted Kyiv as the mandatory romanization for use in legislative and official acts.

So, Kyiv it is … till Vlad says otherwise.

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Not that Rash’s speculation means a spit in the ocean, but I have long thought it was time for us to open relations with Cuba. It is the right thing for us and for them.

MJBrutus

Many other liberals feel the same way. Yet another reason why you should stop pretending to be a republican.

xblade on March 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Where in the hell is John Kerry? You know, the Secretary of State.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Hey, give John F’n Kerry a break, Spring is just around the corner and he needs some time to visit Rhode Island and get his yacht in proper ready for a first sail.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM


1910 GMT: Shots have reportedly been fired at the Belbek airbase in Crimea.

While the Ukrainian government has said it is making plans to evacuate the military from Crimea, there are no signs that it has begun this process. If the self-defence forces push the issue, blood could be spilled prematurely.

Kaffa on March 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Interfax reports Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow may change stance on Iranian nuclear talks in response to sanctions announced by the U.S. and EU over Ukrainian crisis.

Translation for all the libs out there:

Russia will send Iran nukes and personal from Russia as their concern grows over America actually doing something……

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Schadenfreude, pure.

Long live…what used to be free and truly liberal.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Purely coincidental: yesterday was Neville Chamberlain’s birthday.

agmartin on March 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Schadenfreude, pure.

Long live…what used to be free and truly liberal.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Yep, more of a wet dream actually…..

This is where Obama and many of his followers got their info on the Soviet Union
and why they felt that America should follow their example.

We are seeing ripples today from this “pivotal experiment”.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN THE SOVIET UNION
http://rebelresearchers.com/2013/01/27/a-brief-history-of-the-african-american-experience-in-the-soviet-union/

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Purely coincidental: yesterday was Neville Chamberlain’s birthday.

agmartin on March 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I am pretty sure that Hitler and Obama hoisted a glass in celebration!!!

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

xblade on March 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I’m an independent and have not pretended otherwise.

MJBrutus on March 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Thank you for the link. Reading this afternoon.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

If history is any measure, this eventually won’t end well for Russia.

Marcus Traianus on March 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Excellent article.

thebrokenrattle on March 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

So, Kyiv it is … till Vlad says otherwise.

Nomennovum on March 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

They’re not the boss of me. Besides, Knob probably isn’t long for this world anyway.

Axe on March 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

If the Ukraine is not willing to fight for the Crimea, then they should not keep it.

By chickening out, they are in fact RATIFYING their breakoff and joining Russia.

Looks like the pacifists won.

Ok, back to that missing jetliner.

KirknBurker on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

If history is any measure, this eventually won’t end well for Russia.

Marcus Traianus on March 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

The problem is getting to that point.

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Serves them right for signing a treaty with the US and giving up their nukes and weapons…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Yeah, kinda like the left in this country and their hatred of the 2nd amendment….
That is what that is all about….

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Looks like the pacifists won.

Ok, back to that missing jetliner.

KirknBurker on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Yes, Obama claims victory.

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

If history is any measure, this eventually won’t end well for Russia.

Marcus Traianus on March 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

The problem is getting to that point.

Steve Eggleston on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Yep it’s 1962 all over again….why???

Weak minded liberals who thought that the ONE would be enough to still the hearts of the bold dictators in the world…..it will take more than that……and having gays and transgenders in the military won’t help. The dead wood in the military needs to be rooted out and the politicians need to quit using the military as a social organization.

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM

If the Ukraine is not willing to fight for the Crimea, then they should not keep it.
By chickening out, they are in fact RATIFYING their breakoff and joining Russia.
KirknBurker on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Yup.

whatcat on March 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Obama’s new fav video……

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOKYi-gfgzs&list=UUpzO0fj_DgpGtW7rHferdlQ

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Up next?
Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

whatcat on March 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Obama’s new fav video……

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOKYi-gfgzs&list=UUpzO0fj_DgpGtW7rHferdlQ

redguy on March 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Some of them can rock.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrg0X9H6FGU

whatcat on March 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

If the Ukraine is not willing to fight for the Crimea, then they should not keep it.

By chickening out, they are in fact RATIFYING their breakoff and joining Russia.

KirknBurker on March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

They might have been more willing to put up a fight if we (Obama & Lugar) hadn’t convinced them that we would defend them if they disarmed. We even paid them nearly $50 million to do so.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Hmmm…no bayam…..

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM

One more time: Putin will annex the Crimea, move into the industrial, eastern part of the Ukraine in order to control gas into the Crimea and impoverish the Ukraine (annexation for the future) and spill out of the newly obtained Crimea upward into Southern and Southwestern Ukraine, with the plan to cut off the country, totally, from the Black Sea (and, by extension, NATO). The excuse will be the maltreatment of ethnic Russkies. The Baltic states are next; the jury is still out ref the extent of his incursion. He MAY just make noises there in order to assuage NATO when he ‘backs off’, leaving the Europeans and The Feckless One with a pyrrhic ‘victory’ that never was.

vnvet on March 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Still no bayam.

Bmore on March 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM