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Ukraine Turmoil : News, Commentary and Analysis

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    SIMFEROPOL (Ukraine): Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops into Crimea as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm on the flashpoint peninsula and Washington warned of "costs" to Moscow should it use force.

    Defence minister Igor Tenyukh told the Ukrainian government's first cabinet session that Russia's armed forces had sent in 30 armoured personnel carriers and 6,000 additional troops into Crimea in a bid to help local pro-Kremlin militia gain broader independence from the new pro-EU leaders in Kiev.

    Tenyukh accused Russia of starting to send in these reinforcements on Friday "without warning or Ukraine's permission".

    The defence chief spoke as dozens of pro-Russian armed men in full combat gear patrolled outside the seat of power in Crimea's capital Simferopol, a day after similar gunmen seized control over airports and government buildings in the territory.

    The rugged peninsula jutting into the Black Sea — host to a Kremlin fleet and with an ethnic Russian majority — has now effectively been cut off from mainland Ukraine, with airports shut down and a pro-Kremlin militia establishing a tightly-controlled checkpoint on the main road from the mainland.

    Crimea has come to the fore of a Cold War-style confrontation between the west and Russia over Ukraine, a faceoff that has also exposed the ancient cultural rifts between the pro-European west and Russian-speaking south and east of this country of 46 million.

    Nowhere has that divide been more apparent than in Crimea — a Black Sea peninsula of nearly two million people that has housed Kremlin navies for nearly 250 years and which a Soviet leader gifted to Ukraine when it was still a part of the USSR in 1954.

    Pro-Russian gunmen seized Crimea's government and parliament buildings in Simferopol on Thursday before allowing lawmakers to appoint a new prime minister and call for a regional referendum — moved forward on Saturday to March 30 — that would proclaim even greater independence for the already-autonomous region.

    Dozens of soldiers with no insignia but dressed in Russian battle fatigues and armed with Kalashnikovs then seized Crimea's main airport in Simferopol and Ukraine's Belbek military air base near Sevastopol — home of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

    Crimea's newly-chosen prime minister followed that up on Saturday by fervently calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help restore "peace and calm" amid his standoff with Kiev's western-backed authorities.

    "Taking into account my responsibility for the life and security of citizens, I ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to help in ensuring peace and calm on the territory of Crimea," Sergiy Aksyonov said in an address broadcast in full on Saturday by Russian state television.

    Aksyonov also said that all of Crimea's security forces — including the regional armed forces and police — would now be subordinate to him.

    "All those who do not agree, I ask to leave the service," Aksyonov said in the address.

    A source in the Kremlin administration soon told Moscow's three main news agencies that "Russia will not leave this request without attention."

    The ex-Soviet country's bloodiest crisis since its 1991 independence erupted in November when ousted president Viktor Yanukovych — who has since fled to Russia — rejected an historic deal that would have opened Ukraine's door to eventual EU membership in favour of tighter ties with old master Moscow.

    A week of carnage in Kiev claimed nearly 100 lives last week.

    Ukraine's interim president Oleksandr Turchynov had made his own dramatic appeal to Putin late on Friday as the pace of Russian troop movements intensified around their bases and armoured personnel carries patrolled Simferopol's main streets.

    "I personally appeal to President Putin to immediately stop military provocation and to withdraw from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea," a sombre Turchynov said on national television. "It is a naked aggression against Ukraine."

    Western governments have been watching with increasing alarm as Kiev's new rulers grapple with the dual threats of economic collapse and secession by Russian-speaking regions that had backed Yanukovych.

    However, the more immediate threat of a debt default that Kiev leaders warn could come as early as next week looked even more ominous when Russia's state-owned Gazprom — often accused of being wielded as a weapon by the Kremlin against uncooperative ex-Soviet states — warned that it may be forced to hike the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas.

    "The debt is $1.549 billion, it is huge," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told the RIA Novosti news agency.

    "Clearly, with this debt Ukraine may not be able to keep its discount (to market price) for the gas. The agreements on the discount forsee a full and timely payment."

    Ukraine won a one-third discount from Gazprom under a deal signed by Yanukovych with Putin that also saw Russia promise to buy $15 billion in the Kiev government debt.

    However, Russia has only bought $3.0 billion in Ukrainian obligations and has effectively frozen further deliveries of aid.

    Ukraine's new leaders have said that the economically-teetering country needs $35 billion over the coming two years to keep the economy afloat.

    Ukraine had filed a formal protest on Friday after claiming that Russian helicopters had entered its airspace as part of snap military drills involving 150,000 troops that Putin had ordered in a region bordering Ukraine last week.

    The UN security council discussed the crisis behind closed doors while US President Barack Obama — although not referring to Russia directly — warned that "there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."

    "We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine," Obama said in a hurriedly scheduled statement at the White House.

    A senior US official separately told AFP that Obama and some key European leaders could skip June's G8 summit in Sochi if Moscow's forces became more directly involved in Ukraine.

    The Foreign Office said British foreign secretary William Hague will arrive in Kiev on Sunday for talks with the new government.

    Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski — a top proponent of Ukraine's future EU membership — also cut short a visit to Iran to handle the deepening crisis.

    Russia ignores US, ?sends thousands? of troops to Ukraine - The Times of India

    M ki C ... :woot::woot::woot:
     
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  2. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    Lets see what NATO and US does !!!
     
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    Cro 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Militarily nothing, because Ukraine is not part of NATO.

    But thing may get more complicated

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  4. Manmohan Yadav

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    Bear on the Rise !!
     
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    Gessler Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    I am waiting for war.
     
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    Doubt if theres a war over this, The Crimea is about 10,000 sq mile, and 2 million people that are more Russian then anything else, mainly a readjustment of borders.
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    not going to happen ...
     
  8. Picdelamirand-oil

    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    So when you sign something it doesn't engage you?

    Source: http://www.indiandefence.com/forums...housands%92-troops-ukraine.html#ixzz2uizawYg4
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    What did UK, USA do when Germany usurped Poland and France in 1937 & 1939? same will happen now also. They will do nothing till it actually hits them. Putin is not stupid like Hitler. he has his goals very well defined. he wants old USSR back as a federation. Today whole of EU is out with begging bowls to Germany and future of UK is not certain with Ireland breaking away. Welcome to the new world.
     
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    Shit hits the fan.
     
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    Putin!! Putin!! Putin!!
     
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    Someone called me delusional for suggesting the same thing. I think it was [MENTION=9466]jonas[/MENTION]. I think the reason was for suggesting that EU is actually precursor to recreating the old British Empire, and Russia was trying to bring back the USSR, Iran trying to recreate Persia, USA trying global hegemony.
     
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    I'm in for United States of Russia.
     
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    Putin gets Russian parliament approval to attack Ukraine

    MOSCOW: The upper house of Russian parliament on Saturday has approved the use of Russian troops on Ukrainian territory. This has happened after Putin asked the upper house of parliament to approve sending armed forces to the Ukrainian territory, in defiance of a direct warning from Washington that such a deployment would results in "costs" for Moscow.

    The stark escalation of Ukraine's three-month political crisis came amid growing instability in Ukraine's predominantly Russian peninsula of Crimea that has housed Kremlin navies for nearly 250 years.

    Large swathes of the rugged Black Sea peninsula of nearly two million people are now under the control of pro-Kremlin militia who have hoisted the Russian flag over the region's government buildings and seized control of airports as well as television centres.

    Putin had remained mostly silent since Ukraine's parliament ousted pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych on February 22 and then appointed a new pro-western government that aims to move the ex-Soviet nation of 46 million closer to the European Union.

    But the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday that Putin had asked Russia's upper house of parliament to authorize the use of force in Ukraine until the political situation there "normalized".

    "In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine and the threat to the lives of Russian citizens ... I submit to the Federation Council a request to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory until the normalization of the political situation in that country," the Kremlin quoted Putin as saying in the document.

    Putin said that Russia also had to protect servicemen from its Black Sea Fleet which is based on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea "fully in line with an international accord".

    The Federation Council began to debate Putin's request after it was unanimously approved by its defence and foreign affairs committees.

    There was no immediate indication about the number of troops Putin intended to send.

    Ukraine's defence minister Igor Tenyukh had earlier told the new government's first cabinet session that Russia's armed forces had sent 30 armoured personnel carriers and 6,000 additional troops into Crimea in a bid to help local pro-Kremlin militia gain broader independence from the new pro-EU leaders in Kiev.

    Tenyukh accused Russia of starting to send in these reinforcements on Friday "without warning or Ukraine's permission."

    The ex-Soviet country's bloodiest crisis since its 1991 independence erupted in November when ousted president Viktor Yanukovych — who has since fled to Russia — rejected an historic deal that would have opened Ukraine's door to eventual EU membership in favour of tighter ties with old master Moscow.

    The move triggered mass anti-Yanukovych protests and a week of carnage in Kiev claimed nearly 100 lives last week.

    Putin was technically responding for an appeal for help from Crimea's newly-chosen premier Sergiy Aksyonov — a ruler not recognised by Kiev and appointed by regional lawmakers after gunmen had seized the parliament building in the regional capital Simferopol on Thursday.

    "Taking into account my responsibility for the life and security of citizens, I ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to help in ensuring peace and calm on the territory of Crimea," Aksyonov said in an address broadcast in full on Saturday by Russian state television.

    Aksyonov also said that all of Crimea's security forces — including the regional armed forces and police — would now be subordinate to him.

    "All those who do not agree, I ask to leave the service," Aksyonov said in the address.

    His appeal was immediately picked up by top legislators in Russia's two houses of parliament.

    Federation Council chair Valentina Matviyenko suggested sending in a "limited contingent" — a phrase that mimicked the language used for the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

    State Duma lower house Speaker Sergei Naryshkin also read out a request in the name of all lawmaker for Putin to use "all possibilities" in Ukraine.

    US President Barack Obama had warned Putin on Friday that "there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."

    "We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine," Obama said in a hurriedly scheduled statement at the White House.

    A senior US official separately told AFP that Obama and some key European leaders could skip June's G8 summit in Sochi if Moscow's forces became more directly involved in Ukraine.

    Putin's request for force authorisation came after a flurry of diplomatic efforts to resolve what threatens to become the most dire crisis to hit Moscow's relations with the West since the Cold War.

    British foreign secretary William Hague said ahead of his arrival in Kiev on Sunday that he had urged a "de-escalation in Crimea and respect for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine" in a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    Germany and France also voiced concern about the developments in Crimea.

    And Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt tweeted: "Obvious that there is Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Likely immediate aim is to set up puppet pro-Russian semi state in Crimea".

    Kiev's newly installed leaders have grappled with the dual threats of economic collapse and secession by regions that had backed Yanukovych.

    The looming threat of a debt default that Kiev leaders warn could come as early as next week looked even more ominous when Russia's state-owned Gazprom — often accused of being wielded as a weapon by the Kremlin against uncooperative ex-Soviet states — warned that it may be forced to hike the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas.

    "The debt is $1.549 billion, it is huge," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told the RIA Novosti news agency.

    "Clearly, with this debt Ukraine may not be able to keep its discount (to market price) for the gas."

    Ukraine won a one-third discount from Gazprom under a deal signed by Yanukovych with Putin that also saw Russia promise to buy $15 billion in the Kiev government debt.

    However, Russia has only bought $3.0 billion in Ukrainian obligations and has effectively frozen further deliveries of aid.

    Ukraine's new leaders have said that the country needs $35 billion over the coming two years to keep the economy afloat.

    Putin gets Russian parliament approval to attack Ukraine - The Times of India
     
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