U.S. responds to major escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia

posted at 7:21 pm on July 16, 2014 by Noah Rothman

On Sunday, global tensions heightened when Moscow claimed a Ukrainian shell exploded in Russian territory, killing one and wounding two others. Russia warned Ukraine of “consequences” for that act, and retaliation may have come on Wednesday.

Multiple videos claiming to feature Russian forces lobbying a volley of rockets in Ukraine’s direction surfaced online.

The analysts at Interpreter Magazine have done excellent work geo-locating the source of this missile barrage, concluding that the missiles were fired from inside the Russian Federation and were directed westward.

This is not the only violence to rock Ukraine in recent days.

Interfax and other agencies report that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has announced that a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25 attack aircraft has been forced to make an emergency landing after being struck by a surface-to-air missile (SAM).

On Wednesday, in response to months of escalations of the conflict in Eastern Europe, the White House announced that new sanctions would be imposed on the Russian Federation.

“Among the firms targeted were some of the most prominent in Russia,” The New York Times reported, “including Rosneft, the state-owned oil company and largest oil producer; Gazprombank, the financial arm of Gazprom, the giant state-controlled natural gas producer; Novatek, another Russian natural gas producer that has been competing with Gazprom; and Vnezheconombank, the state economic development bank.”

The Associated Press reported that the European Union has also agreed to tougher sanctions on Russia and has asked banks “not to sign new financing with Moscow.”

On Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama addressed the escalating situation:

“I’ve repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons and fighters across the border into Ukraine; that Russia must urge separatists to release their hostages and support a ceasefire; that Russia needs to pursue internationally mediated talks and agree to meaningful monitors on the border,” Obama said. “We have emphasized our preference to resolve this issue diplomatically, but we have to see concrete actions and not just words.”

“So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

After previously addressing the pending close of unsuccessful nuclear negotiations with Iran and the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Obama stressed that, “if we stay patient and determined,” the United States will meet the challenges of a “complex world and a changing time.”


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And strong letter to follow.

Sting on July 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

#LeaveUkraineAloneYouMeanies

Cicero43 on July 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

We should threaten to send Cankles over there with another RESET button.

Cicero43 on July 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

“So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

“Mentioned?” Yep… that’s a really strong word. Better then “suggested.”

Walter L. Newton on July 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Obama’s not going to be happy about this when he reads about it in the newspaper.

trigon on July 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

“I’ve repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons and fighters across the border into Ukraine….”

Have you made it clear, Obama, or have you simply said “let me be clear” a bunch of times while saying nothing?

Nessuno on July 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

“So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

What a sissy.

Flange on July 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Or we’ll send more MREs

Banshee Leader on July 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

“Stop it you guys.”

davidk on July 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

#imeanwhatisayuntilyoulookatmytrackrecord

hillsoftx on July 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Russia’s Gazprom claims to hold the world’s largest natural gas reserves. @USTreasury just cut it off from US dollar financing. Significant.

— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) July 16, 2014

That’ll just give them even more reason to dump the dollar for trading. The BRICS are well on their way to working out a world that is not dominated by the dollar.

ReaganWasRight on July 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Photo of President Obama reading “Archie” to follow.

rogerb on July 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Send Kerry back over there. Yeah…that’s the ticket…

Putin simply laughs and continues to kick sand in the 97 lb. weakling Obama’s face..

bimmcorp on July 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Obama: “Now excuse me while I get in 18 holes of golf and find another “surprise” pre-planned photo op to take part in.”

Queasy on July 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

And strong letter to follow.

Sting on July 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

What did you want him to do, send you to fight Russia? @@

coolrepublica on July 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

On Sunday, global tensions heightened when Moscow claimed a Ukrainian shell exploded in Russian territory,

Wait… A shell exploded in Russian territory? Absolute moral authority to respond!

17 million missiles explode in Israel? Understandable. Only racist pigs would use that as an excuse to respond.

/

mankai on July 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

The only thing missing these days from one of his speeches is a laugh track.

battalion on July 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Fooooooore………….

trs on July 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I’m sure the defense industry lobbyists are out in full force talking to the Warhawks in Congress on the take to promise campaign contributions for action that benefits them. Solidly paid for by what’s left of the american taxpayer at a 50:1 ratio of excessive billing.

We have too many problems here to pour money there or anywhere else. I could give a rats ass what they do in the Ukraine.

celt on July 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Obama singlehandedly defeated Russia a month ago./

Man, obama kicked putin’s ass.

What a whuppin’.

Putin’s talk was cheap, obama’s sanctions were expensive.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

mankai on July 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

U.S. responds to major escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia


President Poopy Pants needed TWICE his normal supply of Depends?

Putin has GOT to be laughing his ass off every time Obama and/or Kerry “verbally take him to task”

PolAgnostic on July 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Russia’s Gazprom claims to hold the world’s largest natural gas reserves. @USTreasury just cut it off from US dollar financing. Significant.

— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) July 16, 2014

That’ll just give them even more reason to dump the dollar for trading. The BRICS are well on their way to working out a world that is not dominated by the dollar.

ReaganWasRight on July 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM


Good post!
Now follow through and tell them what American citizens “WIN” once the USD in no longer the world reserve currency.

Hint for the readers: We’ll be wanting an open border so we can shake down the illegal immigrants for any loose change in their pockets.

PolAgnostic on July 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Obama is finally ready to address the border issue. Unfortunately, it’s the Ukraine border.

xblade on July 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Maybe he can send the gangbangers over there.

formwiz on July 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

#leaveourukrainiansalone

renalin on July 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

“So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

No kidding?

DarkCurrent on July 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Benghazi Rescue Force… to the rescue!

faraway on July 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

MREs and Obama speech-o-pods on the way.

BobMbx on July 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

But only last week armchair strategists were saying that the pro-Russian secessionists were finished and that Kiev held all the cards. Just goes to show you…

Now let’s get Inside Vlad Putin’s Brain. There’s still negotiating room. Ukraine guarantees that it won’t join NATO and they can probably retain the Donbass. I laugh at these sanctions, coming as they do from a pathetically weak American president who can’t even prevent children from crossing his own borders.

spiritof61 on July 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

that Russia must urge separatists to release their hostages and support a ceasefire; that Russia needs to pursue internationally mediated talks and agree to meaningful monitors on the border,” Obama said.

A.. what? B-o-r-d-e-r? What’s that? I don’t think we have those here in North Central America.

BKeyser on July 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

US also sanctioned 4 Russian officials, including head of Federal Security Service, minister for Crimea, deputy Duma chair and a Putin aide

They’ve been unfriended on Facebook, and every day they continue to ignore the commands of Obama, they will receive an “unlike” on Disqus.

BobMbx on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

“So far, Russia, Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Venezuela and whole bunch of other places has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

Why so modest, Mr. President?

dreadnought62 on July 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Going after gazprom is like signing the death warrant on the USD as the world’s reserve currency. Obama’s ego knows no bounds, and is going to destroy our currency just as he is destroying our country.

BRIC countries are making ever increasingly large contracts excluding the USD and instead using their own currencies.

The ego in chief needs to be removed.

azpatriotsdotcom on July 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

…y a w n !

JugEarsButtHurt on July 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Obama’s not going to be happy about this when he reads about it in the newspaper.

trigon on July 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

hahaha

scalleywag on July 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

What did you want him to do, send you to fight Russia? @@

coolrepublica on July 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

What we want him to do is either come up with a policy that can actually be implemented or STFU. In the real world, doing things like…oh, I don’t know, laying down a red line and then doing nothing when that red line is crossed is worse than doing nothing at all. Makes a leader look weak, but you probably don’t understand that, since Obama’s betaness is probably one of the things that makes him appealing to you.

And you can shove any chicken hawk retort up your keister. I’ve had my ticket punched in Iraq and Afghanistan.

dreadnought62 on July 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Russia’s Gazprom claims to hold the world’s largest natural gas reserves. @USTreasury just cut it off from US dollar financing. Significant.

— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) July 16, 2014

Its gonna get pretty cold over there in Europe in a couple of months. Gonna be a whole lot’a frackin going on soon.

BobMbx on July 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

What did you want him to do, send you to fight Russia? @@

coolrepublica on July 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

No, I want him to do something useful. Like resign. He won’t even have to apologize. Hell, he can even use the “more time with my family” line, and I’ll nod approvingly.

BobMbx on July 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Our Canadian troll told us this was pretty much all over:

Man, Obama thoroughly whupped that russky’s arse.

everdiso on June 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

What happened?

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I would suggest that Barack Obama read the first chapter of History of the Second World War by B. H. Liddell Hart

Having put these sanctions in place might make it impossible for Putin to do what Obama wants him to do. Like Chamberlain’s defense agreement with Poland precipitated Hitler’s move to take that country, this might precipitate stronger action on the part of Putin to show he isn’t going to back down to Obama.

crosspatch on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I would suggest that Barack Obama read the first chapter of History of the Second World War by B. H. Liddell Hart

crosspatch on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Doncha know? History began the day our Lord and Savior Barack the Flaccid was born. Anything prior to that blessed moment is null and void.

dreadnought62 on July 16, 2014 at 8:25 PM

of Putin to show he isn’t going to back down to Obama.

crosspatch on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Seems more likely.

battalion on July 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I would suggest that Barack Obama read the first chapter of History of the Second World War by B. H. Liddell Hart

Having put these sanctions in place might make it impossible for Putin to do what Obama wants him to do. Like Chamberlain’s defense agreement with Poland precipitated Hitler’s move to take that country, this might precipitate stronger action on the part of Putin to show he isn’t going to back down to Obama.

crosspatch on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Really? I could have swore Hitler invaded Poland because he wanted the rest of Prussia back in the fold and no “neutral” countries between him and the Soviet Union, not because Chamberlain and Petain said he couldn’t have Poland.

Steve Eggleston on July 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

“I’ve repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons and fighters across the border into Ukraine; that Russia must urge separatists to release their hostages and support a ceasefire; that Russia needs to pursue internationally mediated talks and agree to meaningful monitors on the border,” Obama said. “We have emphasized our preference to resolve this issue diplomatically, but we have to see concrete actions and not just words.”

“So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

Russia must, Russia needs to…or else…what??? Obama will play golf or shoot pool?

Where are the “concrete actions and not just words” from Obama?

Vladimir is waiting…tick, tock…

Steve Z on July 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I would suggest that Barack Obama read the first chapter of History of the Second World War by B. H. Liddell Hart

Having put these sanctions in place might make it impossible for Putin to do what Obama wants him to do. Like Chamberlain’s defense agreement with Poland precipitated Hitler’s move to take that country, this might precipitate stronger action on the part of Putin to show he isn’t going to back down to Obama.

crosspatch on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 PM

The only history the REB ever learned was the red-diaper baby version as told on the knee of Frank Marshall Davis, the communist pederast.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM

“So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

They’re too busy $hitting in their pants.

Wait…I meant to say ‘Laughing at you’….

My bad.

You sorry a$$hole……

BigWyo on July 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

ReaganWasRight on July 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Lots of chatter about a BRIC reserve currency. Let’s chat about that. China doesn’t have a free floating currency – and once the financials are exposed which is necessary to have anyone believe in it we will see the mother of all real estate ponzi schemes crash. Not to mention the current commodities speculation. Lots of wealth going to disappear. What supports China’s financial backbone? Lots fo dollars. Brazils entire economy is moving towards life support due to soul crushing tarriff structures which are sucking investment out of the country and govt deficits further aggravated by their huge financial loss in hosting the World Cup. India’s currency is almost worthless and the Russian ruble? Really?

Don’t get me wrong – the USD is in no great shape either and the Euro is supported by what I don’t know. In reality many currencies are valueless because the govts controlling them have destroyed their fundamental foundations – i.e. who knows what they are really worth. Heck, maybe the British Pound is set to make a comeback.

In the end, once the new president in 2017 cuts the legs off the anti energy movement and starts letting us supply Europe and anyone else – Russia won’t have anything of value left. Their industry is not modern with comeercial technology at least two generations behind what you would find in the West and even behind China. If China were to do something really stupid militarily it would end badly – and all they have done is provoke the Japanese into re-arming themselves with higher technology than the Chinese can apply. They are driving Vietnam into the West’s arms if we are smart enough to work with it.

Don’t get me wrong – lots of danger out there – and Obama is singularly ill-equipped to deal with any of it, and there is little talent at State to do much either. This to shall pass.

Zomcon JEM on July 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

“I’ve repeatedly made it clear …Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned,” he continued.

There’s the rub. Russia has no respect for Obama. He sold himself to them with that ‘after the election, I’ll have more flexibility ” promise.

They look at this ‘bear’ and are sure he is the weakest national leader around.

socalcon on July 17, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Obama speaks.

The world laughs.

Carnac on July 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM