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    Mark Lowenþ@marklowen3 mins
    We're by #Simferopol airport checking out reports of Russian APCs. No sign now. Man tells us some were here earlier but returned to base

    BBC Outside Sourceþ@BBCOS7 mins
    Tricky to get in touch with eyewitnesses in #Simferopol. Phone lines proving difficult. Latest video here: http://bbc.in/1hBTary #Ukraine

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    AndersFogh Rasmussen‏@AndersFoghR·17m
    I'm concerned about developments in #Crimea. I urge #Russia not to take any action that can escalate tension or create misunderstanding

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    Ukrainian Foreign Ministry calls Russian counterparts for urgent consultations - RT

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    Newsgon‏@newsgon·5 mins
    BREAKING NEWS / Gunmen in #Crimea put up a sign saying "Crimea is Russia", are carrying sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers

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    Newsgon‏@newsgon·2 mins
    #BREAKING NEWS / #Ukraine police reportedly ready to storm the #Crimea parliament building after it is seized by 50+ heavily-armed gunmen

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    Tony Connellyþ@tconnellyRTE6 mins
    BREAKING: the Ukrainian flag has been taken off the main regional administration building in Sevastopol #Crimea.Only the city flag is flying

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    Matthew Fisher‏@mfisheroverseas·2 mins
    No sign those who seized Crimean parliament have a connection to Russia. Refuse to to speak with Russian consulate.#Ukraine #Simferopol

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    @VoiceofRussia: Russia will guarantee security of Black Sea Fleet facilities in #Crimea - Russia's defense minister http://bit.ly/1hVRHRI

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    Local resident at pro-Russian gathering in #Simferopol tells me several bus loads of russophone self-defense units heading to town. #Crimea

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    Local reports Russian military at Sebastopol naval base told to send families home to Russia #Ukraine #cbcnews

    by Susan Ormiston via twitter on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:28:01 AM

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    KyivPost ‏@KyivPost 2h
    Two killed, 30 injures as armed men storm government buildings in #Crimea (UPDATE)
    http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/two-killed-30-injures-as-armed-men-storm-government-buildings-in-crimea-337749.html
    #Ukraine




    Sergei Shoigu ‏@DebenedettiT 2h
    Russian Government confirms that Ukraine's President V.F. Yanukovych joined Russia.




    Douglas Herbert ‏@dougf24 2h
    Russian Cossacks form protective cordon in front of #Crimea parliament,
    along w/ "Russian Block" members (not seen)





    Richard Engel ‏@RichardEngel 3h
    Yanukovich, in statement received by Interfax, asks for #russian protection
    http://www.interfax.ru/news/361531





    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 1h
    Presidium of Crimean parliament calls for referendum on expanding the autonomy.
    Not quite secession. http://m.lenta.ru/news/2014/02/27/referendum/ …





    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 1h
    Ex Crimean PM claims parliament in Simferopol occupied by 120 professional soldiers
    who can sustain month-long siege
    http://lb.ua/news/2014/02/27/257377_zahvativshih_parlament_radu_krima.html …
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    Mary Sibierski ‏@MarySibierski 26m
    #Poland warns against 'very dangerous game' in #Crimea
    http://u.afp.com/NKF @AFP #Ukraine #EU #Russia #Euromaiden



    USA TODAY ‏@USATODAY 3h
    Ukrainian fugitive president asks for Russia's protection from 'extremists'
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    Agence France-Presse ‏@AFP 3h
    #BREAKING Yanukovych says he still considers himself president,
    that decisions by Ukraine parliament are illegitimate: Russian news agencies
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    #Ukraine's Yanukovich says he's still president, asks Russia to ensure his safety
    http://youtu.be/KDzaLtYHPzo @Yaro_RT
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    Kalashnikitty ‏@CustosDivini 1h
    #Crimea #Ukraine: Russian #BlackSea fleet is strictly adhering
    to basic international agreements http://bit.ly/1ezDnX3 #Russia


    Kalashnikitty ‏@CustosDivini 1h
    .@AndersFoghR: "#Ukraine has not requested
    any specific assistance" from @NATO // #defmin #Crimea


    Kalashnikitty ‏@CustosDivini 1h
    Russian #military exercises will begin Feb 26 and last until March 7
    and consist of two stages http://www.navy.ru/news/navy/?ELEMENT_ID=161669
    #Russia #Ukraine #news



    Al Arabiya English ‏@AlArabiya_Eng 2h
    Update: #NATO warns #Russia to avoid Crimea ‘escalation’ http://ara.tv/pvf88



    Al Arabiya English ‏@AlArabiya_Eng 2h
    #BreakingNews : #Ukraine’s prime minister, warns of “unpopular” decisions ahead
    to tackle crisis http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/02/27/Pro-Russia-armed-men-seize-Ukraine-s-Crimea-parliament-.html …
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    Ukraine leader warns Russia after armed men seize government HQ in Crimea
    By Alessandra Prentice

    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine

    (Reuters) - Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around.

    "I am appealing to the military leadership of the Russian Black Sea fleet," said Olexander Turchinov, acting president since the removal of Viktor Yanukovich last week. "Any military movements, the more so if they are with weapons, beyond the boundaries of this territory (the base) will be seen by us as military aggression

    Ukraine's Foreign Ministry also summoned Russia's acting envoy in Kiev for immediate consultations.

    There were mixed signals from Moscow, which put fighter jets along its western borders on combat alert, but earlier said it would take part in discussions on an International Monetary Fund (IMF) financial package for Ukraine. Ukraine has said it needs $35 billion over the next two years to stave off bankruptcy.

    The fear of military escalation prompted expressions of concern from the West, with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urging Russia not to do anything that would "escalate tension or create misunderstanding".

    Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski called the seizure of government buildings in the Crimea a "very dangerous game".

    "This is a drastic step, and I'm warning those who did this and those who allowed them to do this, because this is how regional conflicts begin," he told a news conference.

    It was not immediately known who was occupying the buildings in the regional capital Simferopol and they issued no demands, but witnesses said they spoke Russian and appeared to be ethnic Russian separatists.

    Interfax news agency quoted a witness as saying there were about 60 people inside and they had many weapons. It said no one had been hurt when the buildings were seized in the early hours by Russian speakers in uniforms that did not carry identification markings.

    "We were building barricades in the night to protect parliament. Then this young Russian guy came up with a pistol ... we all lay down, some more ran up, there was some shooting and around 50 went in through the window," Leonid Khazanov, an ethnic Russian, told Reuters.

    "They're still there ... Then the police came, they seemed scared. I asked them (the armed men) what they wanted, and they said 'To make our own decisions, not to have Kiev telling us what to do'," said Khazanov.

    About 100 police were gathered in front of the parliament building, and a similar number of people carrying Russian flags later marched up to the building chanting "Russia, Russia" and holding a sign calling for a Crimean referendum.

    One of them, Alexei, 30, said: "We have our own constitution, Crimea is autonomous. The government in Kiev are fascists, and what they're doing is illegal ... We need to show our support for the guys inside (parliament). Power should be ours."

    Crimea, the only Ukrainian region with an ethnic Russian majority, is the last big bastion of opposition to the new political leadership in Kiev following the ouster of Yanukovich on Saturday.


    Ukraine's new leaders have been voicing alarm over signs of separatism there. The seizure of the building was confirmed by acting interior minister Arsen Avakov, who said the attackers had automatic weapons and machine guns.

    "Provocateurs are on the march. It is the time for cool heads," he said on Facebook.

    Turchinov, speaking in Kiev to parliament, which had been called to name a new government, described the attackers as "criminals in military fatigues with automatic weapons".

    He also called on Moscow not to violate the terms of an agreement that gives the Russian Black Sea fleet basing rights at Sevastopol until 2042.

    The regional prime minister said he had spoken to the people inside the building by telephone, but they had not made any demands or said why they were inside. They had promised to call him back but had not done so, he said.

    RUSSIAN WARNINGS

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ignored calls by some ethnic Russians in Crimea to reclaim the territory handed to then Soviet Ukraine by Soviet Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954.

    The United States says any Russian military action would be a grave mistake.

    But Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement that Moscow would defend the rights of its compatriots and react without compromise to any violation of those rights.

    It expressed concern about "large-scale human rights violations", attacks and vandalism in the former Soviet republic.

    Ethnic Tatars who support Ukraine's new leaders and pro-Russia separatists had confronted each other outside the regional parliament on Wednesday.

    Yanukovich was toppled after three months of unrest led by protesters in Kiev. He is now on the run and being sought by the new authorities for murder in connection with the deaths of around 100 people during the conflict.

    Crimea is the only region of Ukraine where ethnic Russians are the majority, though many ethnic Ukrainians in other eastern areas speak Russian as their first language.

    The Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group, were victimized by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in World War Two and deported en masse to Soviet Central Asia in 1944 on suspicion of collaborating with Nazi Germany.

    Tens of thousands of them returned to their homeland after Ukraine gained independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.

    (Additional reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Will Waterman)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A1P23U20140227
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    Where does the Ukrainian military stand in all of this? I am curious as to how they would react to RUssia coming into the Crimea and other Russian dominated areas.

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    ian bremmer ‏@ianbremmer 2h
    NATO setting a redline on Ukrainian territorial integrity
    that they're not prepared to defend.
    No lesson learned from Syria? #Crimea



    Kevin Rothrock ‏@KevinRothrock 29m
    Pravyi Sektor meets with Israeli ambassador to Ukraine,
    rejects antisemitism & establishes "hot line" for the future.
    http://m.gazeta.ru/politics/news/201..._5979953.shtml



    Kevin Rothrock ‏@KevinRothrock 46m
    Ukrainian nationalist paramilitary group Pravyi Sektor
    says it doesn't plan to intervene in the Crimea.(Rus)
    http://m.gazeta.ru/politics/news/201..._5979869.shtml




    Kevin Rothrock ‏@KevinRothrock 55m
    http://www.newsru.com/world/27feb2014/referendum.html … Crimea will hold a
    referendum on expanded autonomy. Russian politicians hit the streets, lobbying
    passport confetti.
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    zerohedge ‏@zerohedge 12m
    NATO: ACTIONS BY ARMED GROUP IN CRIMEA "DANGEROUS AND IRRESPONSIBLE"';
    RUSSIA: WEST MUST STOP MAKING PROVOATIVE STATEMENTS ON UKRAINE





    NATO Calls Ukraine Developments "Dangerous And Irresponsible",
    Urges Russia Not To "Escalate Tension"



    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/27/2014 09:51
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...ia-not-escalat


    Russian tat. And now, NATO tit.
    • NATO CHIEF SAYS ACTIONS BY ARMED GROUP IN CRIMEA "DANGEROUS AND IRRESPONSIBLE"
    • NATO URGES RUSSIA NOT TO DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD "ESCALATE TENSION OR CREATE MISUNDERSTANDING"
    And the lie of the day:
    • U.S., NATO HAVE NOT DRAWN UP ANY CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR HOW THEY WOULD RESPOND IF RUSSIA INTERVENED IN CRIMEA-NATO'S TOP MILITARY COMMANDER
    • THERE IS NO REASON FOR NATO AND RUSSIA TO COMPETE OVER THE FUTURE OF UKRAINE-NATO COMMANDER
    Actually, there is, which is precisely why Putin will smile when reading the latest NATO pleadings.
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    Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Declare that Power Comes Out of the Barrels of their Guns

    From Feb 26th (may be a repost)

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014...-barrels-guns/

    By: Paul Craig Roberts


    Reality on the ground in Ukraine contradicts the incompetent and immoral
    Obama regime’s portrait of Ukrainian democracy on the march.


    To the extent that government exists in post-coup Ukraine, it is laws dictated by gun
    and threat wielding thugs of the neo-Nazi, Russophobic, ultra-nationalist, right-wing
    parties. Watch the video of the armed thug, Aleksandr Muzychko, who boosts of killing
    Russian soldiers in Chechnya, dictating to the Rovno regional parliament a grant of
    apartments to families of protesters.
    http://rt.com/news/radical-oppositio...echniques-882/

    Read about the neo-nazis intimidating the Central Election Commission in order to
    secure rule and personnel changes in order to favor the ultra-right in the forthcoming
    elections. Thug Aleksandr Shevchenko informed the CEC that armed activists will
    remain in CEC offices in order to make certain that the election is not rigged against the
    neo-nazis. What he means, of course, is the armed thugs will make sure the neo-nazis
    win. If the neo-nazis don’t win, the chances are high that they will take power regardless.

    Members of President Yanukovich’s ruling party, the Party of Regions, have been shot,
    had arrest warrants issued for them, have experienced home invasions and physical
    threats, and are resigning in droves in hopes of saving the lives of themselves and their
    families. The prosecutor’s office in the Volyn region (western Ukraine) has been
    ordered by ultra-nationalists to resign en masse .

    Jewish synagogs and Eastern Orthodox Christian churches are being attacked.

    To toot my own horn, I might have been the first and only to predict that Washington’s
    organization of pro-EU Ukrainian politicians into a coup against the elected government
    of Ukraine would destroy democracy and establish the precedent that force prevails
    over elections, thereby empowering the organized and armed extreme right-wing.

    This is precisely what has happened. Note that there was no one in the Obama regime
    who had enough sense to see the obvious result of their smug, self-satisfied
    interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine.

    If a democratically elected president and ruling party are so easily driven from power
    by armed neo-nazis, what chance do Washington’s paid stooges among the so-called
    “moderates” have of forming a government? These are the corrupt people who wanted
    President Yanukovich out of office so that they could take the money instead. The
    corruption charge against Yanukovich was cover for the disloyal, undemocratic
    “moderate” schemers to seize power and be paid millions of dollars by Washington for
    taking Ukraine into the EU and NATO.

    The Washington-paid schemers are now reaping their just reward as they sit in craven
    silence while neo-nazi Muzychko wielding an Ak-47 challenges government officials to
    their face: “I dare you take my gun!”

    Only Obama, Susan Rice, Victoria Nuland, Washington’s European puppets, and the
    Western prostitute media can describe the brutal reality of post-coup Ukraine as “the
    forward march of democracy.”

    The West now faces a real mess, and so does Russia. The presstitutes will keep the
    American public from ever knowing what has happened, and the Obama regime will
    never admit it. It is not always clear that even the Russians want to admit it. The
    intelligent, reasonable, and humane Russian Foreign Minister, a person 100 cuts above
    the despicable John Kerry, keeps speaking as if this is all a mistake and appealing to
    the Western governments to stand behind the agreement that they pressured President
    Yanukovich to sign.

    Yanukovich is history, as are Washington’s “moderates.” The moderates are not only
    corrupt; they are stupid. The fools even disbanded the Riot Police, leaving themselves
    at the mercy of the armed right-wing nazi thugs.

    Ukraine is out of control. This is what happens when an arrogant, but stupid, Assistant
    Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) plots with an equally arrogant and stupid US
    ambassador (Pyatt) to put their candidates in power once their coup against the elected
    president succeeds. The ignorant and deluded who deny any such plotting occurred can
    listen to the conversation between Nuland and Pyatt here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSxaa-67yGM&feature=player_embedded

    The situation will almost certainly lead to war. Only Putin’s diplomatic skills could
    prevent it. However, Putin has been demonized by Washington and the whores who
    comprise the US print and TV media. European and British politicians would have their
    Washington paychecks cut off if they aligned with Putin.

    War is unavoidable, because the Western public is out to lunch. The more facts and
    information I provide, the more emails I receive defending the “sincere [and well paid]
    protesters’ honest protests against corruption,” as if corruption were the issue. I hear
    from Ukrainians and from those of Ukrainian ethnicity in Canada and the US that it is
    natural for Ukrainians to hate Russians because Ukrainians suffered under communism,
    as if suffering under communism, which disappeared in 1991, is unique to Ukrainians
    and has anything to do with the US coup that has fallen into neo-nazi hands,

    No doubt. Many suffered under communism, including Russians. But was the suffering
    greater than the suffering of Japanese civilians twice nuked by the “Indispensable
    people,” or the suffering by German civilians whose cities were firebombed, like Tokyo,
    by the “exceptional people”?

    Today Japan and Germany are Washington’s puppet states. In contrast, Ukraine was an
    independent country with a working relationship with Russia. It was this relationship
    that Washington wished to destroy.

    Now that a reckless and incompetent Washington has opened Pandora’s Box, more evil
    has been released upon the world. The suffering will not be confined to Ukraine.

    There are a number of reasons why the situation is likely to develop in a very bad way.
    One is that most people are unable to deal with reality even when reality directly
    confronts them. When I provide the facts as they are known, here are some of the
    responses I receive: “You are a Putin agent;” “you hate Ukrainians;” “you are
    defending corruption;” “you must not know how Ukrainians suffered at the hands of
    Stalin.”

    Of course, having done Russian studies in graduate school, having been a member of
    the US-USSR student exchange program in 1961, having traveled in Russia, Georgia,
    Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, having published in scholarly journals of Slavic and Russian
    studies, having twice addressed the Soviet Academy of Sciences, having been invited to
    explain to the CIA why the Soviet economic collapse occurred despite the CIA’s
    predictions to the contrary, I wouldn’t know anything about how people suffered under
    communism. The willingness of readers to display to me their utter ignorance and
    stupidity is astonishing. There is a large number of people who think reality consists of
    their delusions.

    Reality is simply too much for mentally and emotionally weak people who are capable
    of holding on to their delusions in the face of all evidence to the contrary. The masses
    of deluded people and the total inability of Washington, wallowing it its hubris, to admit
    a mistake, mean that Washington’s destabilization of Ukraine is a problem for us all.

    RT reports that “Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an urgent military drill to
    test combat readiness of the armed forces across western and central Russia.”
    According to Russia’s Defense Minister, the surprise drill tested ground troops, Air
    Force, airborne troops and aerospace defense. http://rt.com/news/putin-drill-combat-army-864/

    The Defense Minister said: “The drills are not connected with events in Ukraine at all.”

    Yes, of course. The Defense Minister says this, because Putin still hopes that the EU will
    come to its senses. In my opinion, and I hope I am wrong, the European “leaders” are
    too corrupted by Washington’s money to have any sense. They are bought-
    and-paid-for. Nothing is important to them but money.

    Ask yourself, why does Russia need at this time an urgent readiness test unrelated to
    Ukraine? Anyone familiar with geography knows that western and central Russia sit
    atop Ukraine.

    Let us all cross our fingers that another war is not the consequence of the insouciant
    American public, the craven cowardice of the presstitute media, Washington’s corrupt
    European puppets, and the utter mendacity of the criminals who rule in Washington.
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    Ousted Ukraine President Yanukovych plans to hold press conference Friday
    in Russia'’s Rostov-on-Don. Latest updates: http://on.wsj.com/NzvtXw



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    CRIMEAN PARLIAMENT SACKS AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC'S GOVERNMENT


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    Moscow: NATO sending out "wrong signal" by taking up Ukraine situation - IFX
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    Hagel Warns Russia Not to Intervene in Ukraine

    By HELENE COOPER
    FEB. 27, 2014
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/wo...n-ukraine.html


    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.
    Credit John Thys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


    BRUSSELS — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned Russia on Thursday to stay out
    of the turmoil in Ukraine, while NATO defense ministers issued repeated statements
    meant to show support for the new leadership in Kiev.

    “We expect other nations to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and avoid provocative
    action,” Mr. Hagel said after the ministers met at NATO headquarters here. “That’s why
    I’m closely watching Russia’s military exercises along the Ukrainian border, which they
    just announced yesterday.”

    The Russian defense minister, Sergey K. Shoigu, was quoted by state news media
    saying the exercises were meant to “check combat readiness of armed forces in
    western and central military districts as well as several branches of the armed forces.”
    Though General Shoigu did not mention Ukraine, Western officials interpreted the
    exercises as a warning from Moscow.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of the NATO, posted Twitter messages
    Thursday morning warning Russia not to intervene in Ukraine after armed men seized a
    government headquarters in the Crimea region of southern Ukraine and raised the
    Russian flag.

    “I urge Russia not to take any action that can escalate tension or create
    misunderstanding,” Mr. Rasmussen wrote on Twitter. “I’m concerned about
    developments in Crimea.” In a news conference later in the day, Mr. Rasmussen called
    the Crimea events “dangerous and irresponsible.”

    The ministers meeting in Brussels issued similar warnings on Wednesday, saying that
    the alliance would “continue to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence,
    territorial integrity, democratic development and the principle of inviolability of
    frontiers, as key factors of stability and security in Central and Eastern Europe and on
    the continent as a whole.”

    But it remained unclear how far NATO could go in its admonishments of Russia. Ukraine
    is not a member of the alliance; the United States tried in 2008 to bring it in, but met
    with opposition from Germany and France.

    The American role in the unfolding events in Ukraine, beyond sending verbal warnings
    to Russia and supporting financial aid for Ukraine through the International Monetary
    Fund, is uncertain as well. President Obama has signaled that the bar is high for any
    American military intervention. Though Mr. Obama is sympathetic to the pro-Western
    protest movement in Ukraine and to Ukraine’s new leaders, his handling of the crisis
    has been restrained so far.

    Speaking to reporters after the NATO meeting on Ukraine, Mr. Hagel urged Russia “not
    to take any steps that could be misinterpreted, or lead to miscalculations during a
    delicate time.” He said he would be talking to General Shoigu soon by telephone.
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    Russian Market ‏@russian_market 24m This is where Rostov-on-Don is situated.
    To all experts of Ukraine and Russia: it's not in Germany!




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    Putin stays silent RT@slmmoscow Kremlin spokesman Peskov refused to comment
    on Yanukovich's request for Russia to secure his personal safety




    Paul Sonne ‏@PaulSonne 1h
    In Simferopol coffee shop, people walk in and say, "Hello! Glory to Russia!"
    Waitress mutters under breath "It's Ukraine. Glory to Ukraine."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possible Impact View Post
    Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Declare that Power Comes Out of the Barrels of their Guns

    From Feb 26th (may be a repost)

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014...-barrels-guns/

    By: Paul Craig Roberts


    Reality on the ground in Ukraine contradicts the incompetent and immoral
    Obama regime’s portrait of Ukrainian democracy on the march.


    To the extent that government exists in post-coup Ukraine, it is laws dictated by gun
    and threat wielding thugs of the neo-Nazi, Russophobic, ultra-nationalist, right-wing
    parties. Watch the video of the armed thug, Aleksandr Muzychko, who boosts of killing
    Russian soldiers in Chechnya, dictating to the Rovno regional parliament a grant of
    apartments to families of protesters.
    http://rt.com/news/radical-oppositio...echniques-882/

    Read about the neo-nazis intimidating the Central Election Commission in order to
    secure rule and personnel changes in order to favor the ultra-right in the forthcoming
    elections. Thug Aleksandr Shevchenko informed the CEC that armed activists will
    remain in CEC offices in order to make certain that the election is not rigged against the
    neo-nazis. What he means, of course, is the armed thugs will make sure the neo-nazis
    win. If the neo-nazis don’t win, the chances are high that they will take power regardless.

    Members of President Yanukovich’s ruling party, the Party of Regions, have been shot,
    had arrest warrants issued for them, have experienced home invasions and physical
    threats, and are resigning in droves in hopes of saving the lives of themselves and their
    families. The prosecutor’s office in the Volyn region (western Ukraine) has been
    ordered by ultra-nationalists to resign en masse .

    Jewish synagogs and Eastern Orthodox Christian churches are being attacked.

    To toot my own horn, I might have been the first and only to predict that Washington’s
    organization of pro-EU Ukrainian politicians into a coup against the elected government
    of Ukraine would destroy democracy and establish the precedent that force prevails
    over elections, thereby empowering the organized and armed extreme right-wing.

    This is precisely what has happened. Note that there was no one in the Obama regime
    who had enough sense to see the obvious result of their smug, self-satisfied
    interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine.

    If a democratically elected president and ruling party are so easily driven from power
    by armed neo-nazis, what chance do Washington’s paid stooges among the so-called
    “moderates” have of forming a government? These are the corrupt people who wanted
    President Yanukovich out of office so that they could take the money instead. The
    corruption charge against Yanukovich was cover for the disloyal, undemocratic
    “moderate” schemers to seize power and be paid millions of dollars by Washington for
    taking Ukraine into the EU and NATO.

    The Washington-paid schemers are now reaping their just reward as they sit in craven
    silence while neo-nazi Muzychko wielding an Ak-47 challenges government officials to
    their face: “I dare you take my gun!”

    Only Obama, Susan Rice, Victoria Nuland, Washington’s European puppets, and the
    Western prostitute media can describe the brutal reality of post-coup Ukraine as “the
    forward march of democracy.”

    The West now faces a real mess, and so does Russia. The presstitutes will keep the
    American public from ever knowing what has happened, and the Obama regime will
    never admit it. It is not always clear that even the Russians want to admit it. The
    intelligent, reasonable, and humane Russian Foreign Minister, a person 100 cuts above
    the despicable John Kerry, keeps speaking as if this is all a mistake and appealing to
    the Western governments to stand behind the agreement that they pressured President
    Yanukovich to sign.

    Yanukovich is history, as are Washington’s “moderates.” The moderates are not only
    corrupt; they are stupid. The fools even disbanded the Riot Police, leaving themselves
    at the mercy of the armed right-wing nazi thugs.

    Ukraine is out of control. This is what happens when an arrogant, but stupid, Assistant
    Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) plots with an equally arrogant and stupid US
    ambassador (Pyatt) to put their candidates in power once their coup against the elected
    president succeeds. The ignorant and deluded who deny any such plotting occurred can
    listen to the conversation between Nuland and Pyatt here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSxaa-67yGM&feature=player_embedded

    The situation will almost certainly lead to war. Only Putin’s diplomatic skills could
    prevent it. However, Putin has been demonized by Washington and the whores who
    comprise the US print and TV media. European and British politicians would have their
    Washington paychecks cut off if they aligned with Putin.

    War is unavoidable, because the Western public is out to lunch. The more facts and
    information I provide, the more emails I receive defending the “sincere [and well paid]
    protesters’ honest protests against corruption,” as if corruption were the issue. I hear
    from Ukrainians and from those of Ukrainian ethnicity in Canada and the US that it is
    natural for Ukrainians to hate Russians because Ukrainians suffered under communism,
    as if suffering under communism, which disappeared in 1991, is unique to Ukrainians
    and has anything to do with the US coup that has fallen into neo-nazi hands,

    No doubt. Many suffered under communism, including Russians. But was the suffering
    greater than the suffering of Japanese civilians twice nuked by the “Indispensable
    people,” or the suffering by German civilians whose cities were firebombed, like Tokyo,
    by the “exceptional people”?

    Today Japan and Germany are Washington’s puppet states. In contrast, Ukraine was an
    independent country with a working relationship with Russia. It was this relationship
    that Washington wished to destroy.

    Now that a reckless and incompetent Washington has opened Pandora’s Box, more evil
    has been released upon the world. The suffering will not be confined to Ukraine.

    There are a number of reasons why the situation is likely to develop in a very bad way.
    One is that most people are unable to deal with reality even when reality directly
    confronts them. When I provide the facts as they are known, here are some of the
    responses I receive: “You are a Putin agent;” “you hate Ukrainians;” “you are
    defending corruption;” “you must not know how Ukrainians suffered at the hands of
    Stalin.”

    Of course, having done Russian studies in graduate school, having been a member of
    the US-USSR student exchange program in 1961, having traveled in Russia, Georgia,
    Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, having published in scholarly journals of Slavic and Russian
    studies, having twice addressed the Soviet Academy of Sciences, having been invited to
    explain to the CIA why the Soviet economic collapse occurred despite the CIA’s
    predictions to the contrary, I wouldn’t know anything about how people suffered under
    communism. The willingness of readers to display to me their utter ignorance and
    stupidity is astonishing. There is a large number of people who think reality consists of
    their delusions.

    Reality is simply too much for mentally and emotionally weak people who are capable
    of holding on to their delusions in the face of all evidence to the contrary. The masses
    of deluded people and the total inability of Washington, wallowing it its hubris, to admit
    a mistake, mean that Washington’s destabilization of Ukraine is a problem for us all.

    RT reports that “Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an urgent military drill to
    test combat readiness of the armed forces across western and central Russia.”
    According to Russia’s Defense Minister, the surprise drill tested ground troops, Air
    Force, airborne troops and aerospace defense. http://rt.com/news/putin-drill-combat-army-864/

    The Defense Minister said: “The drills are not connected with events in Ukraine at all.”

    Yes, of course. The Defense Minister says this, because Putin still hopes that the EU will
    come to its senses. In my opinion, and I hope I am wrong, the European “leaders” are
    too corrupted by Washington’s money to have any sense. They are bought-
    and-paid-for. Nothing is important to them but money.

    Ask yourself, why does Russia need at this time an urgent readiness test unrelated to
    Ukraine? Anyone familiar with geography knows that western and central Russia sit
    atop Ukraine.

    Let us all cross our fingers that another war is not the consequence of the insouciant
    American public, the craven cowardice of the presstitute media, Washington’s corrupt
    European puppets, and the utter mendacity of the criminals who rule in Washington.
    Wow.

    This is SO different from what we are hearing on MSM, or seeing on YouTube, but it does jive with a few 'rumors' I've heard.

    And after Benghazi, I am more likely to believe in such a behind-the-scenes plot...

    So, I looked this guy up (having never heard of him). His credentials are impressive:



    Career

    Paul Craig Roberts has had careers in scholarship and academia, journalism, public service, and business. He is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.

    Scholarship & Academia

    Dr. Roberts has held academic appointments at Virginia Tech, Tulane University, University of New Mexico, Stanford University where he was Senior Research Fellow in the Hoover Institution, George Mason University where he had a joint appointment as professor of economics and professor of business administration, and Georgetown University where he held the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy in the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    He has contributed chapters to numerous books and has published many articles in journals of scholarship, including the Journal of Political Economy, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law and Economics, Studies in Banking and Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Public Choice, Classica et Mediaevalia, Ethics, Slavic Review, Soviet Studies, Cardoza Law Review, Rivista de Political Economica, and Zeitschrift fur Wirtschafspolitik. He has entries in the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Economics and the New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance.

    He has contributed to Commentary, The Public Interest, The National Interest, Policy Review, National Review, The Independent Review, Harper’s, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, London Times, The Financial Times, TLS, The Spectator, The International Economy, Il Sole 24 Ore, Le Figaro, Liberation, and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. He has testified before committees of Congress on 30 occasions.
    Journalism

    Dr. Roberts was associate editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He was a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate in Los Angeles. In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.
    Public Service

    President Reagan appointed Dr. Roberts Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and he was confirmed in office by the U.S. Senate. From 1975 to 1978, Dr. Roberts served on the congressional staff where he drafted the Kemp-Roth bill and played a leading role in developing bipartisan support for a supply-side economic policy. After leaving the Treasury, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    Letter from Ronald Reagan to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

    Business

    Dr. Roberts was president of the Inlet Beach Water Company, president of Economic & Communication Services, advisor to J.P. Morgan asset management, advisor to Tiedemann-Goodnow, advisor to Lazard Freres Asset Management, and a member of corporate and financial boards.
    Books

    Dr. Roberts’ latest book is How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds, published in January, 2010 by CounterPunch/AK Press. The Tyranny of Good Intentions, co-authored with IPE Fellow Lawrence Stratton, was published by Prima Publishing in May 2000. A new edition, now in a second printing, was published by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Randon House, in 2008. Chile: Two Visions—The Allende-Pinochet Era, co-authored with IPE Fellow Karen Araujo, was published in Spanish by Universidad Nacional Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile, in November 2000. The Capitalist Revolution in Latin America, co-authored with IPE Fellow Karen LaFollette Araujo, was published by Oxford University Press in 1997. A Spanish language edition was published by Oxford in 1999. The New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy, co-authored with IPE Fellow Lawrence Stratton, was published by Regnery in 1995. A paperback edition was published in 1997. Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, co-authored with IPE Fellow Karen LaFollette, was published by the Cato Institute in 1990. Harvard University Press published Roberts’ book, The Supply-Side Revolution, in 1984. Widely reviewed and favorably received, the book was praised by Forbes as “a timely masterpiece that will have real impact on economic thinking in the years ahead.” Dr. Roberts is the author of Alienation and the Soviet Economy, published in 1971 and republished in 1990. He is coauthor with Matthew Stephenson of Marx’s Theory of Exchange, Alienation and Crisis, published in 1973 by the Hoover Institution Press and republished in 1983 by Praeger Publishing. A Spanish language edition was published in 1974 in Madrid by Union Editorial..


    The Tyranny of Good Intentions How the Economy Was Lost The Supply-Side Revolution Marx's Theory of Exchange, Alienation, and Crisis Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy Alienation and the Soviet Economy The New Color Line The Capitalist Revolution in Latin America Chile: Dos Visiones La Era Allende-Pinochet [The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West: Towards a New Economics for a Full World]

    Honors

    Dr. Roberts was awarded the Treasury Department’s Meritorious Service Award for “his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy.”

    In 1987 the French government recognized him as “the artisan of a renewal in economic science and policy after half a century of state interventionism” and inducted him into the Legion of Honor.

    He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

    Tributes:

    Monday, June 13, 2011
    10 Most Influential People in the Alternative Media (2011)

    Many readers will expect to see Matt Drudge or Arianna Huffington on this list. Although they both indeed have leading Internet news websites that cover some fringe stories and report on systematic injustices more so than the mainstream media, they primarily aggregate mainline news. Therefore, they are excluded from our “alternative media” label.
    The criteria we’ve chosen to base these rankings of the most influential alternative media figures are the following;

    people that have the courage to seek the truth no matter where the information leads them;
    those with the courage to question 9/11;
    those who don’t buy into the false left-right political paradigm;
    those who are grounded in peace and liberty;
    those with the communication skills and platform to affect real change.

    Significantly, each of the people who made our list is clearly driven by unyielding passion. Despite some natural disagreements, they each provide a unique bridge to forbidden knowledge and they all deserve high praise for their efforts and commitment to inform the public. Sincerely, it is very encouraging to have so many talented voices leading the stampede for truth, liberty, justice, and peace.

    With so many people doing great work in the real alternative media, we are sure that some deserving reporters will be left off the list. Although Activist Post has forged relationships with some of the people on this list, we’ve tried to remain as non-biased as possible in our observations. At the end, we’ve also included a list of those who deserve honorable mention for their tireless work and talent providing the truth.
    10. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Paul Craig Roberts is one of the most respected columnists in the alternative media. His syndicated articles can be seen on many leading alternative news websites including Lew Rockwell, Infowars, Counterpunch, InformationClearingHouse and countless others. Roberts scores huge points in the credibility department having been the former head of policy at the Department of Treasury under Reagan, and the editor of the Wall Street Journal — among a long list of other accolades. His research is impeccable and his vision of how the world really operates is second to none. He knows why and when the global chess pieces are moving, and has the incredible talent to communicate difficult concepts to the general public. He has written several books including The Tyranny of Good Intentions and How the Economy was Lost. His many interviews can be seen on Russia Today and Prison Planet TV. Roberts is also a recent contributor to Gerald Celente’s esteemed Trends Journal. There is no one better at reporting the reality of geo-political events and the workings of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.
    From the intellectual Left
    25 September 2010

    Empire Burlesque
    Chris Floyd’s Tribute to Paul Craig Roberts
    From the religious Right
    The Wanderer, The National Catholic Newspaper

    The “True Opinion” Of Paul Craig Roberts

    By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY

    Paul Craig Roberts may be remembered, if for no other reason than for the title he used for his farewell syndicated column: “Truth has fallen and taken liberty with it.” (1) Although syndicated as a newspaper columnist, Roberts was primarily an economist in the mold of Von Mises. The holder of a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, a degree capped with advanced study at the University of California, Berkeley, and Merton College, Oxford, he served during the Reagan administration as assistant secretary of Treasury. At one time he was an associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal and for a decade wrote as a columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service. He was carried in 300 newspapers. Those credentials apart, he is the author or coauthor of eight books, notably The Tyranny of Good Intentions (2006), How the Economy Was Lost (2010), New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy (1997). Those titles alone would indicate the direction of his thought and how he became anathema within elite intellectual circles and eventually was all but silenced by the mainstream media.


    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/page...craig-roberts/
    Be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled…Let no man deceive you by any means…..
    they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved….for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie….
    Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.


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    Tony Connelly ‏@tconnellyRTE 5h
    Russia's deterrent?
    Nikolai Valuyev former boxer & now Russian MP arrives in Sevastopol
    to "support" Russian speakers




    Russian Market ‏@russian_market 1h Look around everywhere you turn is heartache
    It's everywhere that you go (look around)




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    So, basically, what Putin is saying, is "Come and have a go if you think your hard enough"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BY-Yg1S1AA


    for those that haven't seen the movie or just want to watch it again
    Dog Soldiers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9-J9EO_8eY
    Si vis pacem para bellum.

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    double tap
    Si vis pacem para bellum.

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    'Risk off' in markets as Ukraine tensions heighten


    Published: Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 12:02 PM ET
    By: Matt Clinch| Assistant Producer, CNBC.com
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101451132

    Tensions in Ukraine and muscle flexing by Russia accentuated risk aversion in global
    markets on Thursday, with investors once again rushing for safe havens.

    European markets were firmly "risk off" on Thursday, closing lower. Investors instead
    opted for safe havens like sovereign bonds and the U.S. dollar. The yield on the
    10-year benchmark German bund has fallen to 1.563 percent this week from 1.688
    percent. The greenback held near a two-week high against a basket of major currencies
    on Thursday, weighing on commodities such as oil. Wall Street opened higher and U.S.
    Treasury yields also ticked lower.

    Heightening tensions in Ukraine are seen as the key driver, with the focus now turning
    to Crimea, a peninsula in the south of the country home to an ethnic Russian majority.

    Armed men seized the parliament in the Crimea district in the Ukraine on Thursday and
    raised the Russian flag, according to NBC News. The region's leaders attempted to
    distanced themselves from the regime change in Kiev by announcing plans to hold a
    referendum on Crimea's future.

    Attila Kisbenedek | AFP | Getty Images


    "A lot of it is risk aversion… the Ukraine crisis, and the risk of this spinning into a wider
    contagion over other emerging markets and particularly Russia," Brendan Brown, head
    of research at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities told CNBC Thursday.

    "The contagion would go from a sharp decline in the Russian rouble and concern about
    Russian banks, leading to German interdependence and other exposures to Russia and
    that would be the channel."

    The Associated Press, citing a Russian news agency, reported Thursday said that
    former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was staying in a "Kremlin sanatorium"
    outside Moscow.

    Yanukovych will hold a new conference on Friday in the southern Russian city of Rostov-
    on-Don, Russian news agencies said.

    IMF team heads in
    It came as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed the Ukraine had asked for
    support. Managing director Christine Lagarde said Thursday that the IMF would send a
    team into the country "in the coming days."

    "This will enable the IMF to make its usual technical, independent assessment of the
    economic situation in Ukraine and, at the same time, begin to discuss with the
    authorities the policy reforms that could form the basis of a Fund-supported program,"
    she said in a statement.

    "We are also discussing with all our international partners — bilateral and multilateral
    — how best to help Ukraine at this critical moment in its history. In that regard, we are
    encouraged by the many statements of support that have been expressed."

    Tensions in the Ukraine have increased in the area after fierce battles in Kiev last week.
    The capital has fallen into the hands of various pro-European opposition parties, with a
    new government pieced together on Wednesday evening. Former economy minister
    Arseny Yatseniuk was appointed the country's new prime minister on Thursday afternoon.

    Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin dispatched the Russian army to Ukraine's
    borders for a military exercise and Reuters reported on Thursday, citing Interfax, that
    fighter jets along Russia's western borders have been put on high alert.

    Ukraine's interim leader responded by calling on Moscow to keep its troops confined to
    their Crimean naval base.

    Russia's rouble fell to a five year-low on Thursday amid this defiant response by
    Moscow. Stocks on Russia's MICEX 10 Index, which were trading higher earlier on
    Thursday fell sharply following the news. At around 2:30 p.m. local time they traded 2
    percent lower.

    Russia's Foreign Ministry has said that it will defend the rights of its compatriots in
    Crimea in a "strong and uncompromising" manner, according to Reuters. The United
    States has warned Russia that it would be a "grave mistake" to intervene militarily and
    has issued plans to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees.


    Brown added that any bailout for Ukraine could equally be the main flashpoint for
    markets as well as tensions in Crimea.

    A bailout would need to be swiftly agreed by the IMF and the European Union or else a
    default would consequently put Russia in a stronger position to demand its own terms,
    he said. Ukraine's interim leaders have said the country needs $35 billion in aid to avert
    a default.

    By CNBC.com's Matt Clinch. Follow him on Twitter @mattclinch81.
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    Mobilizing troops is fine RT @mfa_russia: Russia advises everyone to give up
    provocative statements on Ukraine http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/721271 @nato



    CNBCWorld ‏@CNBCWorld 2h
    #BREAKING: In joint press conference with Cameron, Merkel says:
    "We shall do everything we can to support Ukraine government"




    Just Hovens Greve ‏@JustHovensGreve 1h
    Powerful @TIME cover. This isn't over.
    Why #Ukraine remains a mess. #euromaidan ##євромайдан





    max seddon ‏@maxseddon 53m
    Holding a press conference in southern Russia not a traditional way to assure folks
    you're still president of Ukraine http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/ukraine-
    parliment-approves-new-prime-minister …




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    RT @maxseddon RT @Lucian_Kim: 64 of 100 legislators who voted in #Crimea
    parliament today literally had gun pointed at head
    #Ukraine #Russia
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    There has to be a big war to forestall economic collapse a little bit longer and to blame the collapse on that war. We've talked about it here for a few years now. Not a little piddly one between regional players but a big one. And if Washington can't stumble into one such as Syria they'll start one behind the scenes.
    What is the lake of fire? What is it's purpose? Is the lake of fire eternal hell? Is there any hope of escape for those cast into this lake?
    http://bible-truths.com/lake1.html

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    Translated real-time Ukrainian News Blog from Grani.ru (Russian based...)

    http://translate.google.com/translat...Fm.225619.html

    Lots of good info updated multiple times per hour.
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    Two Russian Warships Enter Black Sea Through Bosphorus;
    Another Docks In Cuba



    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/27/2014 13:39
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...her-docks-cuba


    Russia may be awaiting a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis, but we wouldn't
    hold our breath especially with the deposed president Yanukovich set to conduct a
    press conference tomorrow from Russia's Rostov-on-Don at 5pm local time, where we
    hardly anticipate a scaling back of the escalation in what is sure to not be an abdication
    from power.

    Instead, Putin continues to prepare for the worst and is openly signalling to
    the West that if he has to fight to regain influence in the Ukraine, he will, as a top
    Kremlin politician warned last week. As such it was not surprising to read that two
    Russian warships, the Minsk and the Kaliningrad which last week were sent out on
    deployment around Syria, crossed back into the Black Sea, most likely in direction
    Sevastopol, as the build up of Russian forces in the Crimea continues.

    From Bosphorus Nabal News:
    Today, two Ropucha class landing ship from Russian Navy passed through
    Bosphorus returning from their Syrian deployment. As the political crisis in
    Ukraine particular in Crimea is increasing it is possible that Russian Navy
    wanted these valuable assets closer to home.


    Large landing ship Kaliningrad passing through Bosphorus. Photo: seabreeze.org.ua via webcam.



    Large landing ship Minsk passing through Bosphorus. Photo: seabreeze.org.ua via webcam.
    And in other more perplexing news, AFP reported that a Russian warship was docked in
    Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. "The
    Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters
    wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox
    Cathedral.

    The Vishnya, or Meridian-class intelligence ship, which has a crew of around 200, went
    into service in the Black Sea in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the
    northern fleet, Russian media sources said.

    Neither Cuban authorities nor state media have mentioned the ship's visit, unlike on
    previous tours by Russian warships.

    The former Soviet Union was Cuba's sponsor state through three decades of Cold War.
    After a period of some distancing under former Russian president Boris Yeltsin, the
    countries renewed their political, economic and military cooperation.

    The ship is reportedly armed with 30mm guns and anti-aircraft missiles.

    The Mail adds that The intelligence vessel bristles with electronic eavesdropping
    equipment and weaponry, including AK-630 rapid-fire cannons and surface-to-air
    missiles.

    Why is Russia planting a spy ship in the US backyard? It might have something to do
    with John Kerry's earlier admonition that the US is now behaving like a "poor nation" -
    maybe Russia decided to test just how poor?




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    KERRY SAYS RUSSIA'S LAVROV REAFFIRMED
    THAT MILITARY EXERCISES ON UKRAINE BORDER WERE PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED,
    NOT RELATED TO UKRAINE.
    Right
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    Not sure which Ukraine thread to dump this on:


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    US Secretary of State Kerry: Everyone now needs to step back and avoid any kind of provocations over Ukraine
    - @Reuters
    end of alert

    9m
    US Secretary of State Kerry says Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov reaffirmed that military exercises on Ukraine border were previously scheduled, not related to unrest - @Reuters
    end of alert

    10m
    US Secretary of State Kerry says he spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, asked that Russia work with US, allies on Ukraine
    - @Reuters
    So when's the Revolution? God or Money? Choose.

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    Sunset ‏@_darkhours 2h
    Land Crossing between Crimea and Russia temporarily stopped
    http://russian.rt.com/article/23286 v @pillSa5



    Sunset ‏@_darkhours 2h
    Suspension of civilian services big meaning"
    @ruvr_ru #Russia-#Kerch ferry service halted http://bit.ly/Myp5ir
    #Crimea "til further notice"


    Aleksandr Kalinin ‏@aleksiskander 2h
    #IMF to send a delegation to #Ukraine the days ahead
    - prepare the groundwork for NATO installation and looting
    http://www.interfax.ru/world/news/361636#.Uw9kGcqdbQo.twitter …



    Sunset ‏@_darkhours 1h
    nazi pandora's box open "@RT_com 'Like an animal':
    Vid goes viral Ukraine nationalist activist attacking prosecutor
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    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 2m
    New Crimean PM: We regard Yanukovych as legitimate president
    and will follow his orders

    Escalation elevator

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJo5bH2Qjs4
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    Tony Connelly ‏@tconnellyRTE 9m
    #Ukraine needs €4bn immediately, cd be as high as €20bn,
    IMF arrive next wk to discuss bailout,
    EU will possibly offer €1bn - senior EU srce



    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 10m
    So Crimea will be Taiwan - Kremlin's ingenious solution,
    allowing to bypass nuclear agreement with US & UK. Only latter will not agree.



    Paulina Leonovich ‏@Polly_evro 9m
    #novayagazeta says #Yanukovych presser will be open only for those media,
    who are on the "list" they will get invitations from #interfax


    zerohedge ‏@zerohedge 4m
    GERMAN FIN. MIN. SAYS
    E.U MULLING $1B FUNDING TO UKRAINE.
    What is the Greek contribution?
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    So is he going to rule from Moscow? I don't think he can go back to his palatial estate without a real war.

    So when's the Revolution? God or Money? Choose.

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    Ousted Leader Seeks Russian Aid as Tensions Rise in Crimea

    By STEVEN LEE MYERS
    FEB. 27, 2014
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/wo...l?src=twr&_r=0


    MOSCOW — Viktor F. Yanukovych, the ousted president of Ukraine, declared on
    Thursday that he remained the lawful president of the country and appealed to Russia
    to “secure my personal safety from the actions of extremists.” Russian news agencies
    reported that he had already arrived in Russia, but officials did not immediately confirm
    that.

    Mr. Yanukovych’s remarks were his first since he appeared in a video on Saturday night
    after fleeing Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, for eastern Ukraine. His defiance of the country’s
    new interim leaders only deepened the political turmoil in the country and threatened
    to draw Russia more deeply into the conflict.

    Mr. Yanukovych, in a letter published by news agencies here, went on to suggest that
    largely Russian regions of Ukraine – including the east and Crimea – did not accept “the
    anarchy and outright lawlessness” that had gripped the country and said that orders by
    the new authorities to use the armed forces to impose order were unlawful. He clearly
    meant the response to pro-Russia demonstrations in Crimea, which took an ugly turn
    on Thursday morning when armed gunmen seized control of the regional Parliament in
    Simferopol.

    “I, as the actual president, have not allowed the armed forces of Ukraine to interfere in
    the ongoing internal political events,” he said, contradicting early reports that he had
    ordered the military to intervene in Kiev, only to have his order rebuffed. “I continue to
    order this. In the case that anyone begins to give a similar order to the armed forces
    and power structures, those orders will be unlawful and criminal.”

    Rumors that Mr. Yanukovych had arrived in Russia first surfaced on Wednesday night,
    with unnamed sources variously putting him at a hotel in Moscow — which denied it on
    Thursday — or in a government sanitarium outside the city. The Kremlin spokesman,
    Dmitri S. Peskov, said in a brief telephone interview that he was not able to speak on
    the matter now. On Wednesday night, he said he did not know if Mr. Yanukovych had
    arrived, but a senior member of the upper house of Parliament said he knew for a fact
    that it was not true.

    Russia has denounced the political upheaval in Kiev and refused to recognize the
    interim government.
    At the same time, officials have expressed deep frustration with,
    and at times ridicule of, Mr. Yanukovych’s handling of the crisis. Russia’s foreign
    minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, has repeatedly said that Ukraine’s leaders were bound by
    an agreement mediated by three European foreign ministers. That agreement, signed
    last Friday, called for an interim national unity government and new elections, but not
    until December.

    Mr. Yanukovych fled Kiev the next day, as security forces that had clashed with
    protesters withdrew from Kiev’s center and even members of his own party began
    resigning or changing sides. The new Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has since
    impeached him, begun to form a new government and called elections to be held in
    May.

    With Mr. Yanukovych apparently under Russian protection, and still calling himself
    Ukraine’s legitimate leader, Russia now finds itself in a worsening confrontation with
    Europe and the United States, which have promised political and economic support for
    the new leaders in Kiev.
    “Unfortunately, everything that is happening in the Verkhovna
    Rada has no legitimate nature,” Mr. Yanukovych said in his letter.
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    Christopher Miller ‏@ChristopherJM 17m
    .@WhiteHouse no longer views Yanukovych as president of Ukraine,
    Jay Carney said on Thursday. Yanukovych "abdicated his responsibility."



    GermanForeignOffice ‏@GermanyDiplo 11m
    FM #Steinmeier: #Ukraine needs breathing space. EU, USA, IMF + hopefully Russia
    need to ensure that #Kyiv receives the financial aid needed



    Myroslava Petsa ‏@myroslavapetsa 6m
    RT @HonJohnBaird Canada welcomes appointment of new, legitimate govt today
    in #Ukraine vital step forward in restoring democracy & normalcy.



    Yulia Bragina ‏@YuliaSkyNews 4h
    Russian MP Mironov asked Russians defend Sevastopol from "dark forces"
    by donating to fund of newly elected businessman turned mayor Chalov



    John Schindler ‏@20committee 1h
    Moscow RUMINT says 31st Air Assault Bde, only 100% professional VDV Bde,
    moved to Novorossiysk to be shipped to Sebastopol. Developing...
    ^^^Max eyeballs,
    go code if true.
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    Middle East News ‏@MiddleEast_BRK 34m
    #BREAKINGNEWS #Russia CONFIRMS the 7 BRT north of #Simferopol were their's,
    saying move "not in contradiction with the agreements reached."!
    ^^^KRAP




    John Schindler ‏@20committee 7m
    Best case now is #Ukraine has indefinite aggressive, threatening Kremlin
    meddling inside its borders...you know what the worst case is.
    John Schindler ‏@20committee 3m
    @_Z__ war and more war



    John Schindler

    @20committee

    Professor, Naval War College; Chair, PfP CT Working Group;
    Senior Fellow, Boston University; former NSA & NAVSECGRU
    - talking intel & security, views my own

    Newport, RI · 20committee.com
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    John Schindler ‏@20committee 5m
    Kremlin decision-making has long history of using provokatsiya*
    too clever by half and bumbling into disaster. The Crimea gambit is familiar.

    * a hoax designed to embarrass or discredit someone.



    Miriam Elder ‏@MiriamElder 4h
    Sen. Bob Corker thinks Ukraine could turn into Georgia 2008
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/corker-ukraine-could-be-the-next-georgia …



    Daniel Pitcairn ‏@DanielPitcairn 1h
    Sec. #Hagel hints at #NATO future:
    alliance must invest in global reach, tech superiority & leading-edge capabilities
    like #cyber & #SpecOps
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