Video: Putin surveys his new turf in Crimea

posted at 10:41 am on May 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Why not? Vladimir Putin arrived by sea on Victory Day, the celebration of the defeat of Nazi Germany — what the West calls V-E Day — 69 years ago. It may as well include this small reversal of Soviet fortunes, which might become more dramatic in the days and weeks ahead:

President Vladimir Putin extolled the return of Crimea to Russia before tens of thousands Friday during his first trip to Black Sea peninsula since its annexation. The triumphant visit was quickly condemned by Ukraine and NATO.

Putin hailed the incorporation of Crimea into Russia as “return to the Motherland” and a tribute to the “historical justice and the memory of our ancestors.” The peninsula of 2 million people had been part of Ukraine from 1954 until March.

The celebrations, which included a massive show of military muscle in the annual Red Square parade in Moscow and in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, came as Ukraine is struggling with its most serious political crisis in decades. Pro-Russia insurgents in the east are fighting the government in Kiev and preparing to hold a referendum Sunday on secession.

Putin’s remarks in Moscow extolled the days of empire, which makes the interview with Clarissa Ward and a separatist amusing. The Russian-speaking Ukrainian insists that Putin’s Russia is the only place where democracy can be found, as Putin himself tours a peninsula that he seized by military force.

CNN also notes Putin’s arrival, but gives a much less festive look at his supporters in eastern Ukraine, and much more skeptical overview of Putin’s motives:

Less than two months after Crimea was wrested from Ukraine’s grasp, there are fears that other parts of the country could go the same way.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Thursday that they had decided to go ahead with a Sunday referendum on greater local powers, defying a call by Putin to postpone the vote.

Putin had urged the pro-Russian sympathizers to delay the referendum to give dialogue “the conditions it needs to have a chance.”

But representatives from the council of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and separatists from Luhansk told reporters they had voted to press ahead to ask eastern Ukrainians there if they want sovereignty from Kiev.

Putin’s lips may say, “Wait, wait, wait,” but his triumphant entry into Crimea says something else entirely.


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It’s good to be the king from the north.

Murphy9 on May 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The Russian-speaking Ukrainian insists that Putin’s Russia is the only place where democracy can be found, as Putin himself tours a peninsula that he seized by military force.

???

Oh yeah, and the Pope’s not a socialist.

vlad martel on May 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Should have listened to Patton.

A third world nation with a first world military populated mostly by ignorant douchebags who pine for the days of State chains draping their shoulders.

Bishop on May 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

How do you say Breathing Room in Russian

Oil Can on May 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

WWII is still a big deal in all of this. The Red Army took a hideous beating trying to defend Ukraine and in retaking it. And alot of Ukrainians joined the Germans. 1st Battle of Kiev was one of the greatest military catastrophes in history. Crimea was another major disaster and even after the Red Army retook the initiative they were torn another new one at 3rd Kharkov. People haven’t forgotten.

forest on May 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Has Obama officially commented? Wait, never mind, he’s busy watching Game of Thrones

Scottie on May 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

A third world nation with a first world military populated mostly by ignorant douchebags

Oh, wait — you meant Russia.

vlad martel on May 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

How do you say Breathing Room in Russian

Oil Can on May 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Holodomor?

the_nile on May 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Putin surveys his new turf in Crimea

…and JugEars…is fund raising!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

“Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Fuehrer”!

-Nation of Germany, 1933-1945

brushman on May 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Putin surveys his new turf in Crimea

…and JugEars…is fund raising!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

“It’s what they do”………….

VegasRick on May 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

A third world nation with a first world military populated mostly by ignorant douchebags

Oh, wait — you meant Russia.

vlad martel on May 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

And you are referring to?

VegasRick on May 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

A third world nation with a first world military populated mostly by ignorant douchebags

Oh, wait — you meant Russia.

vlad martel on May 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

And you are referring to?

VegasRick on May 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Chicago? Detroit?

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Chicago? Detroit?

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Plenty of ignorant douchebags there!

VegasRick on May 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Plenty of ignorant douchebags there!

VegasRick on May 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Yes, but not so much first world military. Let’s conscript the warriors of Detroit and send them to Crimea…

vlad martel on May 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Time for a another administration moron to post a photo on twitter holding a sign “#freeCrimea!”

Ted the Average on May 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

A third world nation with a first world military populated mostly by ignorant douchebags

Oh, wait — you meant Russia.

vlad martel on May 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Where is the “Like” button when you need one?

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Time for a another administration moron to post a photo on twitter holding a sign “#freeCrimea!”

Ted the Average on May 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Remember the “free Tibet” signs? Dude, that was all kinds of awesome. China is still reeling.

Fenris on May 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Yes, but not so much first world military. Let’s conscript the warriors of Detroit and send them to Crimea…

vlad martel on May 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Well they are defended by a first class military.

sharrukin on May 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Remember the “free Tibet” signs? Dude, that was all kinds of awesome. China is still reeling.

Fenris on May 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Well, “Free Willy” signs worked… Clinton is still not in jail…

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Well, “Free Willy” signs worked… Clinton is still not in jail…

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Please don’t use ‘Willy” and “Clinton” in the same sentence; I just threw up in my mouth a little.

But seriously, what would the Clintons do? They couldn’t have handled Russian expansionism any worse than Obama …could they? I mean, Hillary is a woman and has all sorts of, at this point, government experience.

Fenris on May 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I mean, Hillary is a woman and has all sorts of, at this point, government experience.

Fenris on May 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Most adult women have “government experience”. You know, that feeling when you’re violently penetrated while being told a lot of empty promises.

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Being a man, no, I don’t know that feeling which you’re using as an analogy. If I ever were to, somebody would wind up dead. I don’t usually engage in braggadocio but that’s where I draw the line (if someone broke into my home, for example, I would try running and hiding first, and at least try not to engage them). I fear that the day may come when the analogy is even more appropriate. Hopefully not in my lifetime.

Fenris on May 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Well, it must be in the playbook; Dolf went to Paris and toured the Louvre.

“How do you say Breathing Room in Russian”

Lebensraum.

formwiz on May 9, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Drang Nach Osten! – current policy of the United States of America.

The Russians didn’t like it before. They don’t like it now.

David Blue on May 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

There was once a time when an American president could get away with something like this, and no one else.

abobo on May 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Remember the “free Tibet” signs? Dude, that was all kinds of awesome. China is still reeling.

Fenris on May 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Free Tibet?!? I want them to throw in Nepal!

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

That was some seriously creepy s***.

Axe on May 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Video: Putin surveys his new turf in Crimea

SLAVA!

Anyway, WTH is Putin up to, that is what is his master plan here?

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

The CBS reporter might as well have joined in with their celebration. She looked excited enough.

rlwo2008 on May 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM