Saturday, March 01, 2014

Russia moves to restor order in Crimea and Ukranya

Rossiya has secured all military installations in the Crimea, given protection to Yanukovych,drawn up plans to implement the 21 February agreement on Ukranya,all this in the face of american backed opposition and open meddling.  Consider how the people of the Crimea have offered the Russians all assistance in this as well,compared to the provaceturs rioting in Kiev.  If america meddles further count on it geting a well deserved beating,as well as action from the EU who is backing Rossiya's actions as they have the weight of law behind them.

Kiev on Edge After Russia OKs Putin's Military Intervention Plan

The Russian parliament’s upper house unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request for a military intervention in Ukraine, according to a Kremlin statement Saturday, setting off alarm bells in Kiev.
The approval came within two hours of Putin appealing to parliament, saying the move is needed to protect ethnic Russians and the personnel of a Russian military base in Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea, a peninsula the size of Massachusetts where three out of four people speak Russian.
However, the vote does not specify that Russian troops are authorized to enter Crimea; instead, it states Russia's military force can enter "Ukraine," giving themselves a legal cloak to target more than Crimea.
That created panic in Kiev, where the new, inexperienced and untested government is still trying to gain its footing.
But Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin — who Putin appointed as the official representative on the military action proposal — said Russian force in Ukraine may not be used quickly.
Karasin did not give a timeframe for military action and it was unclear whether Putin's announcement was merely intended to send a message to international powers that Russia would not back down over the future of Ukraine.
Hours before Putin's statement, Western foreign ministers issued calls for Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Crimea — echoing a similar warning from President Barack Obama on Friday that armed intervention would have "costs."
The request, made to the Russian Senate, follows a letter from the upper house to Putin appealing for the same.
The statement said: "Due to the extraordinary situation in Ukraine and the threat to the lives of Russian citizens and compatriots, and the personnel staff of Russia’s military forces based in Ukraine (Crimea), according to international agreement ... I submit a request to the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for the use of military forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the social and political situation in the country normalizes."
Earlier Saturday, Ukraine accused Russia of sending 6,000 additional troops into Crimea Saturday, deepening a crisis in which both sides accused each other of trying to destabilize the region.
Sasha Mazikima contributed to this report. Reuters also contributed.

Vigilante units to defend Crimea city against 'fascist' threat from Kiev

Mayor of fiercely pro-Russian Sebastopol announces formation of volunteer 'self defence' units amid outrage against new central authorities

It is over 70 years since the people of Sebastopol fought the desperate eight-month siege against invading Nazis Photo: David Rose
It is over 70 years since the people of Sebastopol fought the desperate eight-month siege against invading Nazis that is commemorated on memorials around this port city.
But many residents of this town of 340,000 on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsular are gearing up to fight them again.
“We don’t want what happened in Kiev to happen here. Nazis and bandits have seized power there. And if we have to fight, we’ll fight with everything we can get our hands on,” said a member of the local chapter of the Night Wolves biker gang.
The bikers - part of a gang with strong ties to Russia and who have ridden with Vladimir Putin in the past - are far from alone.
The newly installed mayor of Sebastopol has announced the formation of vigilante “self defence” units in a bid to protect the ethnic Russian city from the perceived threat of “fascist” revolutionaries in Kiev.
Speaking briefly to a crowd of several hundred gathered outside the Black Sea port town hall on Tuesday evening, Alexei Chaliy said that volunteers would be able to sign up for the new units from 9am on Wednesday at the town hall.
The move will create city hall sponsored vigilante groups to counter those formed by the pro-European protesters who overthrew Viktor Yanukovych on the weekend.
Separatist passions have been running high in Sebastopol, the most fiercely pro-Russian city in the majority-Russian Crimean peninsular, since Mr Yanukovych was evicted in what many here describe as an armed coup by far-right anti-Russian and anti-Semitic groups, including the nationalist Svoboda party, led by Oleh Tyahnybok, and the Pravy Sektor paramilitary group.
People here say their worst fears were confirmed when the post-revolutionary Rada passed a law stripping Russian of its shared official status.
“If we do not act, we will have the Gestapo here. A year ago Tyahnybok talked about the genocide of Russians. We must form civil defence units now,” said Dmitry, a 41 year old linguistics professor. “We will fight with everything we get our hands on if we have to.”
Mr Chaliy, a local businessman, was installed as mayor on Monday on the back of a wave of popular outrage against the new authorities in Kiev in the past three days.
Previously mayors of this strategic post town, which is also home to a large Russian naval base and 25,000 military personnel, were appointed by the Kiev government. A spokesman on Monday night refused to put journalists with Mr Chaliy, saying he was in hiding after agents from the Ukrainian special services tried to arrest him.
But appearing in public to deliver his first policy announcement, Mr Chaily also said the city would guarantee the wages of officers from the Berkut riot police unit, which the post-revolutionary parliament in Kiev has voted to disband. He would also open an “anti-terrorist centre” to coordinate the world of the new self defence units.
“This is not separatism,” said Igor Sovolyov, a programmer who said he had helped organise the recent demonstrations. “We’re just saying we don’t recognise the current government.”
But he added that there should also be a referendum allowing Crimeans to chose whether the peninsular whether it remains Ukrainian, joins Russia, or becomes independent.
“That is unfortunately illegal under Ukrainian law, because Kiev is afraid of the outcome,” he said.
But while passions on the streets here are high, no more than 400 people gathered to hear Mr Chaliy speak on Tuesday night.
The head of a delegation of Russian parliamentary deputies, which flew into the Crimean capital of Simferopol to hold talks with local leaders on Tuesday, played down the prospect of offering Russian passports to ethnic Russian Ukrainian citizens.
“This is an extremely delicate question which demands both special study and a special decision by the leadership of the country,” Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the State Duma committee for CIS affairs, said.
Mr Slutsky’s party, the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democrats, has submitted a bill to the Russian parliament that would simplify passport applications for Ukrainian citizens.
The 20,000 strong garrison of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which leases a base in the city, has made no move to intervene in the crisis, although two armoured personnel carriers were seen near buildings used by the fleet on Tuesday.


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