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28 February 2014 @ 10:04 am
Crimea Nitty Gritty  
Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil
With its multinational society and a long history of conquests, the Crimean peninsula has always been a crossroads of cultures – and a hotbed of conflicts. Amid Ukrainian turmoil, every ethnic group of Crimeans has its own vision of the region’s future.

What is Crimea?
Now known as Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the picturesque peninsula shooting out into Black Sea from mainland Ukraine was for centuries colonized and conquered by historic empires and nomadic tribes. Greeks, Scythians, Byzantians and the Genoese have all left traces of their presence in Crimean archeological sites and placenames.
Russian Empire annexed the territory of Crimea in last quarter of the 18th century, after a number of bloody wars with the Ottoman Empire.
As part of the 1774 Kuchuk-Kainarji peace treaty the Crimean Khanate, previously subordinate to Ottomans and notorious for its brutal and perpetual slave raids into East Slavic lands, aligned itself with Russia. Soon Empress Catherine the Great abolished the Crimean Khanate, giving them a historic Greek name of Taurida.
Soviet citizens got to know Crimea as an “all-Union health resort,” with many of those born in the Soviet Union sharing nostalgic memories of children’s holiday camps and seaside.

Who lives there now?
The majority of those living in Crimea today are ethnic Russians – almost 1,200,000 or around 58.3 percent of the populations, according to the latest national census conducted back in 2001. Some 24 percent are Ukrainians (around 500,000) and 12 percent are Crimean Tatars. However, in the Crimea’s largest city of Sevastopol, which is considered a separate region of Crimea, there are almost no Crimean Tatars and around 22 percent of Ukrainians, with over 70 percent of the population being Russians.

Screenshot from RT video
Screenshot from RT video

An absolute majority of the Crimean population (97 percent) use Russian as their main language, according to Kyiv International Institute of Sociology poll. One of the first decisions of the interim Kiev government directly hit Crimea, as it revoked a law that allowed Russian and other minority languages to be recognized as official in multi-cultural regions.

What's happening now?
After the Ukrainian President was ousted and an interim government was established in Kiev, the Russian majority started protesting outside the regional parliament, urging local MPs not to support it. They want the Autonomous Region to return to the constitution of 1992, under which Crimea briefly had its own president and independent foreign policy.
The parliament of the Crimea autonomous region was due to declare on Wednesday the region’s official position toward the new authorities in Kiev. The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars has spoken out sharply against holding a parliamentary session on the issue, expressing their support for the new central authorities. Back in 2012 members of the Mejlis ran for parliamentary elections as a part of Yulia Timoshenko’s bloc and remain active supporters of the revolutionary Kiev government.
Two separate rallies, consisting of several thousand protesters, faced each other in front of the parliament building in the Crimean capital Simferopol. Two people have died as a result of scuffles and stampede and about 30 were injured, before the head of the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, called for the participants of the rally to go home peacefully. While the Mejlis represents only around 20 percent of the minority, they claim to be the voice of the whole Tatar population. Many of the Crimean Tatars actually participated in the stand-off on the side of pro-Russian forces.
Following the example of Kiev, vigilante groups are being formed, with about 3,500 people already patrolling the streets of Crimea along with police to prevent any provocations.
After the central government in Kiev disbanded the Berkut special police task force, new authorities in Sevastopol have refused to comply and welcomed all Berkut officers who feel intimidated to come to live in Crimea with their families. Sevastopol earlier elected a new mayor after the popular gathering ousted the local government, which tried to cling to power by pledging allegiance to Kiev’s new rulers.

Impact of 2014 change of power in Kiev
Turmoil in the Crimean Autonomous Region began after the new Ukrainian authorities revoked a law that gave legal grounds for regional use of minority languages, including Russian. The 2012 law allowed predominantly Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine to use Russian in official business, education and some other areas.
Official Kiev also proposed an initiative that would forbid officials from the former regime from occupying official posts.
Abolition of the regional language law sparked controversy throughout Ukraine. Even in the most nationalistic western regions of the country, people spoke against the reforms.
In the stronghold of the far-right opposition, Lvov citizens announced a day of the Russian language, calling on all locals to speak Russian for one day in solidarity with the Russian population of Ukraine.

How was Crimea separated from Russia?
In 1954 a controversial decision of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, himself an ethnic Ukrainian, transferred the Crimea peninsula to the Ukrainian SSR, extracting it from Russian territory.
Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev’s “present” has been widely criticized by many Russians, including the majority of those living in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Adding to the confusion was also the status of Soviet-times Sevastopol, which not only remained the largest Crimean city, but also retained its special strategic and military profile. In 1948, Sevastopol was separated from the surrounding region and made directly subordinate to Moscow. Serving as an important Soviet naval base, it used to be a “closed city” for years.
In the 1990s, the status of Sevastopol became the subject of endless debates between Russia and Ukraine. Following negotiations, the city with the surrounding territories was granted a special “state significance” status within the Ukrainian state, and some of the naval facilities were leased to Russia for its Black Sea Fleet until at least 2047. However, the city’s Russian majority and some outspoken Russian politicians still consider it to be a part of Russia.

Ethnic controversy
By the beginning of the 20th century, Russians and the Crimean Tatars were equally predominant ethnic groups in Crimea, followed by Ukrainian, Jewish and other minorities. Crimea was both a royal resort and an inspiration for some of the great Russian poets, writers and artists, some of whom lived or were born there.
During the WWII some 20,000 Crimean Tatars allied with the Nazi German occupants, but many others also fought the Germans within the Soviet Army. Citing the collaboration of Crimean Tatars with the Nazis, Joseph Stalin ordered the whole ethnic group to be deported from Crimea to several Central Asian Soviet republics. Officially, 183,155 people were deported from Crimea, followed by about 9,000 Crimean Tatar WWII veterans. That made up about 19 percent of the Crimean population on the eve of war, almost half of which was by then Russian.
While the move was officially criticized by the communist leadership as early as in 1967, the Tatars were de-facto unable to return to Crimea until the late 1980s. The tragic events surrounding Stalin’s deportation obviously shaped the ethnic group’s detestation of the Soviet regime.

Referendums and hopes
In 1991, the people of Crimea took part in several referendums. One proclaimed the region an Autonomous Republic within the Soviet Union, with 93.26 percent of the voters supporting the move. As the events unfolded fast, another one was already asking if the Crimeans supported the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union – a question that gathered 54 percent support. However, a referendum on Crimea’s independence from Ukraine was indefinitely banned from being held, leading critics to assert that their lawful rights were oppressed by Kiev authorities.
Complicating the issue was the return of the Crimean Tatars, who not only started to resettle in tens of thousands, but also rivaled local authorities. The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People was formed to represent the rights and interests of the ethnic minority. Although it was never officially recognized as an official organization, the body has enjoyed undisputed authority over most of Crimean Tatars and has successfully pushed for some concessions for the ethnic group in local laws.
While the Crimean Tatar re-settlers and the peninsula’s current Russian majority have learned to understand one another as neighbors, hardcore politicians from both ethnic groups also created grounds for a heated standoff. Calls for wider autonomy and aggressive lobbying for Crimean Tatar rights have prompted several pro-Russian Crimean political leaders to call the Mejlis an “organized criminal group” leading “unconstitutional” activities. The remarks sparked furious claims of “discrimination” from the Crimean Tatar community.

What happens next?
The ultimate goal of the ethnic Russian population protesting in Crimea is to hold a referendum on whether the region should retain its current status as an autonomous region in Ukraine, to become independent, or become part of Russia again. In the meantime they claim to have a right to disobey orders of the “illegal” central government.
The Mejlis Tatar group meanwhile feels that ethnic Russians are trying to “tear Crimea away from Ukraine” excluding them from deciding the land’s fate. They however represent only a small portion of the Tatar minority, while the rest remain apolitical or even support the Crimea’s right for self-determination.
Right-wing radicals from Western Ukraine earlier threatened to send the so-called “trains of friendship” full of armed fighters in order to crush any signs of resistance to the revolution they were fighting so hard for.
The Kiev authorities busy with appointing roles in the revolutionary government in the meantime embraced a soft approach towards Crimea. The interim interior minister even did not undertake any “drastic measures” to arrest fugitive ousted president Yanukovich, fearing that may spark unrest.
Russia repeatedly confirmed it does not doubt Crimea is a part of Ukraine, even though it understands the emotions of the residents of the region. This week Russian MPs initiated a bill that will allow Russian citizenship within six month if the applicant successfully proves his or her Russian ethnicity. It is prepared especially to save Russian speaking Ukrainians from possible infringement of their rights.

Source and video rt.com/news/crimea-facts-protests-politics-945/


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clothcapclothcap on February 28th, 2014 10:17 am (UTC)
Moon of Alabama wrote -
A Few Ukraine Coup Links
A collection of interesting reads on how the putsch in the Ukraine happened and the background behind it.
Max Blumenthal is looking at the historic background of the Nazi groups in the Ukraine and there relation with Ukrainian exile groups in the United States. The connections are deeper than one might have thought:
Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine? - Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine.
Continues http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/02/a-few-ukraine-coup-links.html
Recommended
h/t Fenia
clothcapclothcap on February 28th, 2014 10:51 am (UTC)
‘US must stop supporting neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine’
Press TV has conducted an interview with Edward Spannaus, with the Executive Intelligence Review from Washington D.C., to shed more light on the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine and the tensions in the country's Crimea region.
Below is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Independence! Edward Spannaus let us go with that line and I would like to find out from you, the reaction you have, on this new interim prime minister, also the president that has been elected and now some parliament, yet you have the old President Viktor Yanukovych who said he is still the president of Ukraine and has given a warning that it is illegitimate rulers, that people in the southeastern and southern regions will never accept mob rule.
Spannaus: This is a coup. This is a Western-sponsored coup, particularly the British, NATO and the United States. No question about it and this was not a peaceful revolution, this was a violent terrorist action; armed guerrillas taking over government buildings this would never be tolerated in the United States or in Britain or in Germany but these countries are backing what has become a neo-Nazi coup and which is taking us to the verge of a nuclear confrontation with Russia.
Press TV: Let us move on to this warning by the US to Russia: Russia must be transparent about its military exercises along Ukraine’s borders and of course those exercises are huge, 150,000 troops as one example, and not take any steps that could be misinterpreted or lead to miscalculation.
Tell us what he means when he says misinterpreted or lead to miscalculations?
Spannaus: Yes, this is true hypocrisy. This is as if we are looking at is Cuba missile crisis that reversed. This represents an expansion not just of the European Union but of NATO, right up the Russia’s borders and I think that Russians have been quite restrained in their response to this, perhaps because of the Sochi Olympics; but this has been something that has been brewing for a long time.
The association agreement would not just destroy Ukraine economically; it destroys its economic sovereignty, its political sovereignty and it brings it into a defense union with Europe and of course Russia is reacting. This was the intension to get Russia to react.
Vid and full transcript http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/28/352614/us-mustnt-back-neonazis-in-ukraine/
clothcapclothcap on February 28th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Ukraine Treasury 'Stripped' By Ousted Regime
Toppled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his regime have been accused of robbing the cash-stricken nation to the tune of tens of billions of dollars.
It came amid escalating tensions, with fighter jets being put on combat alert by Russia along its border with Ukraine, while armed men seized the parliament building and the regional government headquarters in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea, and hoisted Russian flags.
It is also being reported Mr Yanukovych has been spotted in a luxury five-star hotel and spa outside Moscow, in an exclusive enclave favoured by Russia's super-rich.
More http://uk.news.yahoo.com/armed-men-seize-crimea-parliament-building-053146925.html
And when the UK US IL supported nazis got there the cupboard was bare.
(Anonymous) on March 1st, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
Interesting piece on Argentina A01A
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/the-americas-blog/roger-cohen-defecates-on-argentina-gets-many-things-wrong

This is a good piece about Argentina's economy. Getting rid of the IMF seems to work wonders for a nations economic health!

Things not looking good overall, CC. This stirring it up in Ukraine on top of all their other interference makes it look like they are determined to get a big war. What do you think?

A01A
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting piece on Argentina A01A
Bear in mind that the overarching plan is zionist world domination under a central global gov't. The CIA-zionist IMF in a whistle blower doc admitted its policies (to confiscate mineral rich land via debt default)caused instability and social upheaval in the countries under its financial subjugation. So, obviously if a country has not been subjected to internal conflict its economic health will be better than otherwise. Iceland can also be considered an IMF (and Rothschild - BoE - BIS) failure.
If only the Iceland model could happen in the UK, many of the world's ailments would be extinguished.
Have you ever seen a crazy gambler that keeps doubling up with each loss? Seems to me that Ukraine may be such a symptom.
(Anonymous) on March 2nd, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
"Many countries around the world are plagued by all kinds of armed rebellions, economic sanctions, civil wars, “democratic” coup d’états and/or wars of “regime change.” These include Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Thailand, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Somalia and Lebanon. Even in the core capitalist countries the overwhelming majority of citizens are subjected to brutal wars of economic austerity.

While not new, social convulsions seem to have become more numerous in recent years. They have become especially more frequent since the mysterious 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 and the 2008 financial collapse in the United States, which soon led to similar financial implosions and economic crises in Europe and beyond.

Despite their many differences, these social turbulences share two common features. The first is that they are largely induced, nurtured and orchestrated from outside, that is, by the Unites States and its allies—of course, in collaboration with their class allies from inside. And the second is that, contrary to the long-established historical pattern of social revolutions, where the desperate and disenfranchised masses rebelled against the ruing elites, in most of the recent struggles it is the elites that have insigated insurgencies and civil wars against the masses. The two features are, of course, integrally intertwined: essentially reflecting the shared interests and collaborative schemes of the international plutocracies against the global 99%."

The rest of the article (worth reading) is at Counterpunch, here
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/28/how-international-financial-elites-change-governments-to-implement-austerity/

Hope you are keeping well, CC.
A01A.
(Anonymous) on March 3rd, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
Don't be fooled again clothcap.
Following the Ukraine crisis on the Kremlin's favorite news channel.

"Kremlin outlet RT is a window into how Russia sees events in Ukraine, and where it wants things to go.
The Kremlin propaganda outlet RT is often a bizarre fun-house mirror turned on what's going on in the real world. The website and channel doesn't so much put a pro-Kremlin spin on world events as run its stories through 100 industrial-grade centrifuges.
For instance, as Tripoli was falling to rebels in Libya in 2011, RT was carrying reports from the capital saying that all other stations were lying, that rebels were not at the gates, and that the shooting viewers heard in the background was merely celebratory gunfire from Qaddafi loyalists delighted at winning a great victory over their opponents. As RT says of itself: "We are set to show you how any story can be another story altogether."

Though the station is frequently cartoonish, it is nonetheless a reflection of how the Kremlin sees the world and/or wishes it to be. Which makes paying it some attention at times like the crisis over Ukraine useful."

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/Backchannels/2014/0228/Following-the-Ukraine-crisis-on-the-Kremlin-s-favorite-news-channel

clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't be fooled again clothcap.
And of course the UK, US, DE, IL, FR national dailies and TV are fiercely independent. You take what is available. There is usually some truth regardless of the source. Seeing both sides of the propaganda mirror at least gives the opportunity to the more intelligent to divine that they are being royally and zionisticly screwed.
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Seriously, what?!
Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts'
The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought.
http://rt.com/news/kerry-russia-us-pretext-494/

Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES
The Ukrainian crisis has intensified as several regions in the east and south defied the self-proclaimed government in Kiev. Russia reserved the right to send its military to its neighbor to protect ethnic Russians living there, if such a need arises.
http://rt.com/news/kiev-clashes-rioters-police-571/

Ukraine Shows Russia On Washington’s ‘To Do’ List For Regime Change
Finian Cunningham (SCF) : Days before Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from office, he was told it was «game over» by America’s Vice President Joe Biden. According to the British Guardian newspaper, quoting anonymous US officials, Biden admonished the Ukrainian leader in an hour-long phone call that his efforts for finding a negotiated solution to the country’s political crisis was «a day late and a dollar short». That’s hardly the friendly advice of a neutral bystander.
http://nsnbc.me/2014/02/27/ukraine-shows-russia-washingtons-list-regime-change/
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
MoAblog - Ukraine: More Thoughts and Comments
Ukraine: More Thoughts and Comments
Some more thoughts on the Ukraine:
1. There are claims that there was a Russian "invasion" of the Crimea. I have yet to see any evidence that there are more Russian troops, other than those regularly stationed on the Crimea, involved. Sure the Kiev coup-government claimed that dozens of huge Russian transport planes landed but how come that there is not even one picture of them available? To me it seems that the troops usually stationed on Crimea, which include various Marine infantry and Marine special forces units ,who obviously also have the support of the population are quite sufficient to secure the island. No shots were fired and the Russian navy, one might argue, is simply securing the larger perimeters of its bases.
2. The Europeans, unlike the U.S. do not want make much hassle about the Russian move. Britain is against financial sanctions on Russian politicians and oligarchs because their money feeds the City of London. Forty percent of the oil and gas used in the EU is coming from Russia. No one will sanction that stream. For the German industry Russia is one of the biggest foreign markets. Other then some symbolic "We are miffed" sanction will not be done.
Continues http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/03/ukraine-more-thoughts-and-comments.html


Edited at 2014-03-03 11:09 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES
The Ukrainian crisis has intensified as several regions in the east and south defied the self-proclaimed government in Kiev. Russia reserved the right to send its military to its neighbor to protect ethnic Russians living there, if such a need arises.
Monday, March 3
15:16 GMT:
Rallies in support of Russians living in Ukraine are being held in several Russian cities. Nearly 7,500 people are taking part in a demonstration in the southern city of Rostov. Rallies in the southern cities of Bryansk and Belgorod have attracted over 5,000 people each, local police told Itar-Tass.
On Sunday, the demonstrations to support Russians in Crimea attracted thousands of people in the cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Krasnodar.
15:13 GMT:
Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters have gathered outside the Ukrainian Navy HQ in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. The demonstrators are carrying Russian flags and Russian Navy St. Andrew’s flags. The HQ checkpoints are being protected by members of Sevastopol's self-defense guards, including Cossacks.
The people who gathered outside the headquarters say they fear various provocations and want to protect their friends and relatives who serve in the Ukrainian Navy from any violations of their rights.
Sevastopol is a city with a special status in Ukraine. On Sunday, city authorities said they had decided that Sevastopol should be included in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. On Monday the Crimean parliament chair, Vladimir Konstantinov, told reporters that the city could become part of the republic.
14:54 GMT:
Beijing has expressed its understanding of the analysis of the reasons behind the Ukrainian crisis provided by Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister Georgy Karasin and his Chinese counterpart, Cheng Guoping, held consultations Monday “stressing the need to continue the search for ways to resolve the situation in Ukraine, which would include wide participation from different political forces in the country and taking the interests of all Ukrainian regions into account.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that The Chinese side “expressed its understanding of the Russian analysis of the causes for a deep internal crisis in Ukraine, the role played by the external forces in supporting Euromaidan as well as the results of its [Euromaidan] factual disruption of the implementation of the Feb. 21 agreements, aimed at resolving the crisis in Ukraine.”
14:08 GMT:
The mayor of the Estonian capital, Tallinn, Edgar Savisaar, has said that the self-proclaimed Ukrainian government was put into power by people with baseball bats, and lacks both credentials and the capacity to solve the crisis in the country.
“Only when elementary public order is restored in Kiev and western Ukraine can we start discussing the issue of providing the country with foreign aid, be it from the EU, US, Asia or from all sources at the same time,” Savisaar told the Postimees newspaper.
The situation in Ukraine will begin stabilizing only after the country has a legitimate, democratically elected government at the helm, he said.
13:24 GMT:
Several thousand anti-Maidan protesters with Russian flags and banners have gathered at the headquarters of the Donetsk regional government. They demanded the resignation of the new regional head, Sergey Taruta, a local oligarch appointed on Sunday by the self-proclaimed government in Kiev.
Around 100 people have reportedly broken in and occupied two floors in the building, according to Itar-Tass.
Information regarding plans to attend a meeting of the regional council, “so the MPs could meet with the people,” was circulated online earlier.
The atmosphere was tense enough, with journalists and MPs being led into the building via hidden entrances. Security forces are gaining in numbers in front of the headquarters at this time. The windows of the buildings have been reinforced with metal wires.

http://rt.com/news/kiev-clashes-rioters-police-571/
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
MoRe: Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES
12:17 GMT:
The worsening political situation in Ukraine “gives grounds for fears for the country’s fate” and “creates a threat to peace and stability in Crimea,” the Crimean parliament said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, these fears turned out to be justified,” the statement said. The Feb. 21 agreement to escape the political crisis which was prepared by the representatives from the EU and Russia, and signed by the Ukrainian authorities [President Viktor Yanukovich] and the opposition might have regulated the situation in the crisis-torn country within the frames of law.
“However, the radical forces have broken off the fulfillment of the agreement and chose a violent way to oust the legitimate president. As a result, the actions of the government bodies have exceeded the limits of Ukrainian Constitution and new governmental institutions have been created not authorized by existing laws,” the statement added.
11:31 GMT:
Russia's military activities on Ukrainian soil are unacceptable but international diplomacy must prevail to solve the crisis, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.
"Crisis diplomacy is not a weakness but it will be more important than ever to not fall into the abyss of military escalation," Steinmeier told reporters ahead of an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
Steinmeier suggested an fact-finding mission by the OSCE, Europe's main human rights and democracy watchdog, as an initial response. "We are considering whether it wouldn't make good sense to create transparency about what is happening on the ground in eastern Ukraine and Crimea instead of being dependent on rumours," he said. (Reuters)
11:15 GMT:
Local residents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov are forming a “Protect Kharkov” movement. They have already started patrolling the streets in the center of the city and they will also help local police to guard administrative buildings.
“We don’t want to repeat the event when the radicals from the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) group and supporters of the new self-proclaimed government in Kiev were seizing the administration buildings for almost a week,” one of the activists said.
A group of nearly 20 men with orange and black ribbons (a Russian symbol popularly used to commemorate the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II) are constantly present near the police cordons. Some of the activists are patrolling the territory near the local administration building.
Earlier, Kharkov Mayor Gennady Kernes called upon city residents “to protect Kharkov from radicals.”
11:13 GMT:
RT - Venture Capital: #Ukraine on brink of bankruptcy, downgraded to junk (E30) http://youtu.be/DzdXlosRGBo @KatiePilbeamRT
10:30 GMT:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke out against Western interpretations of Russia's decision to send troops into Ukraine, adding that Russia would never use human rights as a pretext for an invasion on geopolitical grounds.
“I reiterate, we are talking here about protection of our citizens and compatriots, about protection of the most fundamental of the human rights – the right to live, and nothing more,” Lavrov told the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva on Tuesday.
“Those who try to interpret the situation as an act of aggression, threaten us with sanctions and boycotts, are the same partners who have been consistently and vigorously encouraging the political powers close to them to declare ultimatums and renounce dialogue, to ignore the concerns of the south and east of Ukraine and consequently to the polarization of the Ukrainian society,” the minister charged.
http://rt.com/news/kiev-clashes-rioters-police-571/
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
Twitted
Mike Prysner
Multiple media outlets now reporting that Russia giving Ukraine "deadline to submit or face assault" is a bogus report

Russia condemns US/NATO for "astute manipulation of facts and fomenting tension" http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/russia-condemns-u-s-nato-threats-on-ukraine/

Comrade Keaton
Antiwar Blog: America’s ‘Grand Chessboard’ Breeds Destruction in Ukraine and Beyond http://bit.ly/1n2wmog

Quociente Cultural@Dputamadre now
& Criminality T @SenJohnMcCain: Must-read Wash Post editorial: "President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy" http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obamas-foreign-policy-is-based-on-fantasy/2014/03/02/c7854436-a238-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html

Steiner
Secretary General announces North Atlantic Council to meet following Poland's request for Article 4 consultations
The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO Allies, will meet on Tuesday 4 March, following a request by Poland under article 4 of NATO's founding Washington Treaty.
Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.
The developments in and around Ukraine are seen to constitute a threat to neighboring Allied countries and having direct and serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area.
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_107711.htm

FM disagrees with #NATO Council statement blaming #Russia for military escalation in #Crimea http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/721852

#Odessa, #Nikolaev and #Kherson expressed the desire to join the #Crimea in the case of increased autonomy via @RT_russian

Révolutions Info
#Occupy Pro-Russia Protesters Occupy Regional Government In East Ukrainian City - Businessinsi... http://bit.ly/1c1OpJT

Breaking_News
#Russia : #Moscow denies warning Ukrainian forces and described it as “friends” http://bit.ly/1hGvL9M

Chris Sedlmair
What is the Endgame? The Break-up of Ukraine? http://nblo.gs/UnKgg
[chaos then division]

Tactical Things
#Ukraine: Third Force Shooting Protesters in the Back http://wp.me/p1GGxO-9fG

#Ukraine: This Isn’t A Revolution – It’s Regime Change http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37828.htm#.UxTH5KwlhOA.twitter

jose nascimento
#Russia to recall ambassador from #USA after Obama's insulting statement - English pravda.ru http://english.pravda.ru/news/russia/03-03-2014/126995-russia_usa_ambassador-0/

Russia Enlists Chinese Support on #Ukraine Position | The Moscow Times http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-enlists-chinese-support-on-ukraine-position/495540.html

Net News Global
NNG: DPRK releases Australian missionary arrested last month http://bit.ly/NNLidj
NNG: Gunmen kill Frenchman, wound two in Libya http://bit.ly/1pW8c1j
NNG: 291 persons in Homs countryside have their cases settled http://bit.ly/1pW8chC
NNG: Terrorist mortar attack leaves 2 citizens dead in Aleppo http://bit.ly/NNLidu
NNG: Mass marches voice support to Syrian army in Homs and Quneitra http://bit.ly/NNLitL

RT
UK to cancel VAT on #bitcoin trading http://on.rt.com/m00ypo
[a sign that the sq mile has got the measure of it?]
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Got a load of hassle trying to post comments. I'll try again later or tomorrow.
A01A I'll get back to you.
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Twitted
A. Smith
Crimera #Patriots stop,seize Israeli/USA sponsored radicals in truck filled with plastic explosives on Crimean Border http://waa.ai/bUl

Balkan news
Private army of the oligarch in charge of Donetsk? People saying they are Blackwater mercenaries? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2uVyaKTQoU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

A. Smith
Ukraine Special Forces REFUSE to attack Crimera solders,defect to Crimera #Patriots. Would US Special OPs have courage,ethics to do same?

Lin Housman
"Heil Hitler!" Neo Nazi Ukrainian Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-u-s-has-installed-a-neo-nazi-government-in-ukraine/5371554

News Global
NG: Third round of Syria talks urgently needed: UN chief http://bit.ly/1kP1g25
NNG: Dozens of ISIL militants killed in Iraq Ramadi: official http://bit.ly/1eNlVD7

Chris Sedlmair
Syrian Army Gains Control Over Strategic Area Near Capital http://nblo.gs/UnPQF

drew Shkut
BREAKING: US Sixth Fleet moves toward Crimea, NATO troops land in Western Ukraine http://fb.me/1GbmaQhvq
Editor’s Note…
Remember those US warships who were so eager to “protect the Sochi Olympics” ? According to Russian sources they have now been detected moving in the black sea towards Crimea (according to their motion vector). As Russia rapidly completes its takeover on the Crimean peninsula, those ships will be able to survey the situation and gather intelligence for the Pentagon. Simultaneously, NATO troops have arrived at the Lviv region in western Ukraine, possibly in expectation for a Russian backed military coup against the NATO installed puppet regime in Kiev. It remains to be seen to whom the Ukrainian army itself is loyal to – Russia or NATO (it is known, however, to be based on Russian military hardware and tactics). If it decides to declare an emergency situation and martial law in order to neutralize the new regime and sweep the Svoboda Nazi gangs (who have just threatened to “resume Ukraine’s nuclear status” vs. Russia) out of the way, NATO could be facing a major strategic defeat, at least in eastern Ukraine. Either way, the prospects of WWIII have just increased by a considerable margin. More and interesting comments.

RT
MORE: #Yanukovich sent letter to Putin asking for Russian military presence in #Ukraine http://on.rt.com/mvrju0

Chris Sedlmair
Ukraine was a Playbook CIA Coup d’état – http://nblo.gs/UnVg3
[Pilgrims -> Bilderberg -> CFR -> CIA so yes]

Umami
"Navy Commander Who Interrogated 9/11 Terrorist Found Dead..Murdered " http://topinfopost.com/2014/03/03/navy-commander-who-interrogated-911-terrorist-found-dead
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
For a friend
Persian Rice 101: How to Make the Perfect Persian Rice
http://figandquince.com/2013/07/01/perfect-persian-rice-polo/
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
RT live (note sock pupplet Power's anxiety on behalf of AIPAC)
Monday, March 3
21:08 GMT:
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power followed Churkin in front of the UN Security Council, saying Russians actions regarding Ukraine are a “violation of international law.”
"It is a fact that today Russian jets entered Ukrainian airspace," Power said. "Russia military action is a violation of international law. Russian military bases in Ukraine are secure. Russian mobilization is a response to an imaginary threat. Military action can not be justified on the basis of threats that haven't been made or aren't being carried out. Russia needs to engage directly with the government of Ukraine."
21:07 GMT:
[Old news]
19:43 GMT:
[Old news]
18:58 GMT:
The United States “has a broad range of options available” against Russia if tensions over Ukraine escalate, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on a conference call.
"At this point we are not just considering sanctions given the actions Russia is taking, it is likely we will put those in place and we are preparing that," she added.
While Polish FM Radoslaw Sikorski said that EU ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, agreed to consider sanctions on Russia “if it does not de-escalate Crimea crisis.”
18:31 GMT:
European Union leaders will hold an emergency summit on Ukraine’s crisis in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
The leaders "will discuss the latest developments in Ukraine and how to facilitate the necessary de-escalation of the situation," he said.
18:29 GMT:
Crimea hopes to receive the financial aid of $1 bln from Russia, said the deputy prime minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Rustam Temirgaliyev.
"Russia is ready to grant 1 billion dollars in aid to Crimea," Temirgaliyev said on Monday, adding that the Crimean authorities had already received from Russia a plan of financial assistance.
According to the deputy minister, Russian companies are also ready to invest about $5 billion in various investment projects on the territory of Crimea.
17:13 GMT:
The Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has canceled its meeting in Moscow scheduled for March 11. According to PACE’s press service, the cancelation is connected with the “difficult situation in Ukraine.”
17:00 GMT:
Media reports about an alleged Russian ultimatum made to the Ukrainian armed forces in Crimea are “total nonsense,” a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said.
He said that no ultimatum had been made to the Ukrainian forces, Interfax reports.
“We have become accustomed to the daily accusations by the Ukrainian media of carrying out some sort of military actions against our Ukrainian colleagues," Russian Black Sea Fleet representative said, adding that “those who want to pit us against each other in the Crimea won’t succeed.”
16:24 GMT:
The UN Security Council will hold a meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine after midnight Moscow time (20:00 GMT Monday), the United Nations press service reports.
16:00 GMT:
Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and US Vice President Joe Biden have discussed the events in Ukraine a telephone call, Itar-Tass reports.
During the conversation, requested by Biden, Medvedev stressed “the need to protect the interests of all Ukrainian citizens, including people in the Crimea and the citizens of Russia, located on Ukrainian territory,” Medvedev’s press secretary Natalia Timakova said.
During the call Medvedev and Biden did not raise economic sanctions against Russia or the US participation in the G8 summit, scheduled for Sochi in June, Timakova said.
15:56 GMT:
The self-defense forces guarding the borders of the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea have prevented a large amount of firearms and explosives from being smuggled into the republic by Kiev radicals.
The Cossacks and Berkut troops at the road checkpoint in the Crimean peninsula have confiscated explosives equivalent to 400 kilograms of TNT as well as grenades, rifles and guns, Russia-1 TV channel reports.
http://rt.com/news/kiev-clashes-rioters-police-571/
clothcapclothcap on March 3rd, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
Putin should cut off the EU and UK's gas for a few days then check whether their loyalty lies with their electorate or the globalist aggressors before restoring the flow.