Mar 1, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits
Obama is a child who has no business running a faucet let alone a government.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia executed a de facto military takeover of a strategic region in Ukraine as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to proceed to protect Russian interests. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react to the swift takeover of Crimea by Russian troops already in Ukraine and more flown in, aided by pro-Russian Ukrainian groups.
Excerpted from The Hill: Russian President Vladimir Putin formally requested permission from the Russian Senate to use military force in Ukraine, defying a warning by President Obama on Friday to stay out of the Crimean peninsula.
The request, which was quickly approved, was the latest provocation in a rapidly unfolding crisis following the ouster of Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych, in a popular uprising.
After Russian troops entered Crimea on Friday, Obama delivered a televised statement from the White House in which he said he was “deeply concerned” about the threat to Ukraine’s sovereignty and warned Putin that there would be “costs” for any military intervention.
“It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people,” Obama said. “It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”
After the statement, Vice President Joseph Biden spoke to the new Ukrainian prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and reaffirmed the U.S.’s “strong support for the new government and our commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and democratic future of Ukraine,” the White House said.
By Saturday morning, however, according to press reports from the region, the new pro-Russian prime minister of Crimea, Sergei Akysonov, claimed control of the military and appealed to Putin for help in securing government buildings.
“I’m submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country,” Putin said in his request to the upper house of the Russian parliament, according to the Washington Post. Keep reading
Excerpted from The Washington Post: President Vladimir Putin received permission from Russia’s upper house of parliament Saturday to send troops to Ukraine, responding to what he called a threat to Russian lives. The request was made and granted after what appeared to be a highly orchestrated series of assertions that were disputed by knowledgeable Ukrainians.
Oleksandr Turchynov, interim president of Ukraine, said: “We consider the behavior of the Russian Federation to be direct aggression against the sovereignty of Ukraine.”
After approving the troop request, the Federation Council said it planned to ask Putin to consider recalling Russia’s ambassador to the United States, to show displeasure over what it described as threats by President Obama over Ukraine.
The Federation Council, or upper house, unanimously approved authorization of Russian troops in Ukraine, not limiting any deployment to the Crimean Peninsula. But Putin has not yet decided on any action regarding troops or a recall of the Russian ambassador to Washington, his spokesman said Saturday night.
“Of course, he will make these decisions based on how the situation develops,” Dmitry Peskov told Russia 24 television. Keep reading