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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A1Q1UH20140227

    Ukraine PM says $37 billion went missing under Yanukovich
    By Natalia Zinets and Timothy Heritage

    KIEV Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:32pm EST

    (Reuters) - Ukraine's new prime minister said on Thursday loans worth $37 billion had gone missing from state coffers during ousted President Viktor Yanukovich's rule, and warned that unpopular measures were needed to salvage the economy.

    With the hryvnia currency in freefall and concerns about the low level of foreign currency reserves growing, Arseny Yatseniuk said the country urgently needed loans from the International Monetary Fund, which is visiting Kiev next week.

    The scale of alleged theft implied by Yatseniuk in a speech to parliament was jaw-dropping, even for a population now used to tales of Yanukovich's extravagance and lavish lifestyle, including his luxury residence outside Kiev.

    The average salary in Ukraine is around $500 a month.

    In addition to the missing $37 billion, Yatseniuk said as much as $70 billion had been sent out of the country during Yanukovich's three-year rule, although he did not make clear how much of this capital flight was illegal.

    "I want to report to you - the state treasury has been robbed and is empty," he said before the national assembly voted him in as head of a national unity government.

    "Thirty-seven billion dollars of credit received have disappeared in an unknown direction ... (and) the sum of 70 billion dollars was paid out of Ukraine's financial system into off-shore accounts."

    At today's rate, $70 billion is equal to about half Ukraine's gross domestic product in 2013.

    Only 4.3 billion hryvnia - $430 million - was left in government accounts, Yatseniuk said, although the central bank's foreign currency reserves stand at $15 billion.

    TOUGH MEDICINE

    Shortly after he spoke, the Swiss government said it would order banks in the country to freeze any funds found to be linked to Yanukovich.

    In Ukraine, the situation was so grave that there was no choice but to take "extraordinarily unpopular measures," Yatseniuk said, looking around the solemn faces in parliament as he listed the depth to which the economy has sunk.

    With prospects for foreign aid growing, Ukraine's dollar bond maturing in 2017 rose 1.5 points on Thursday to trade at 91.65 cents in the dollar, while bonds issued by state energy company Naftogaz maturing this September rose 1 point.

    The cost of insuring Ukraine's debt also slid as approval of the interim government opened the possibility of negotiating a deal with the IMF.

    An IMF fact-finding team is to visit Ukraine in the coming days, in response for Ukraine's request for help, Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.

    However, the June 2014 government bond weakened, signaling that the possibility of a short-term default is still worrying investors.

    The hyrvnia traded as low as 11.0 to the dollar and markets were signaling more depreciation, with 6-month currency forwards pricing it at around 12 per dollar.

    A former economy and foreign minister, and ex-deputy head of the central bank, Yatseniuk's immediate task is to draw up an anti-crisis plan and secure international aid to prevent a default and shore up the hyrvnia.

    Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak suggested Ukraine wanted a $15-billion aid package from the IMF.

    Acting President Oleksander Turchinov had said at the weekend that the country of 46 million needed more than $30 billion over two years. The previous government had said last year that $20 billion was needed.

    The fate of a $15-billion bailout package agreed with Russia in December is not clear, with Moscow having so far released only $3 billion of the sum promised. Uncertainty also hangs over an agreement that reduced the amount Ukraine pays Russia for gas.

    A previous IMF financial package, worth $15.5 billion, was frozen in 2011 after the Ukrainian government reneged on the terms, balking at putting up energy prices, a move that would have been unpopular with voters.

    Shlapak and Yatseniuk said IMF money would help to stabilize the hyrvnia. The currency has been falling for weeks - losing more than a fifth of its value - but the drop has accelerated since parliament stripped Yanukovich of his powers and he fled the capital. His whereabouts now are not known.

    Tatyana Orlova, a strategist at RBS in London, said the hryvnia could weaken to 16 per dollar if nothing were done and added: "A big devaluation is not unjustified for the economy."

    Neuberger Berman said in a research note that many hurdles lay ahead for the Ukrainian economy. "We are also unsettled by the seemingly endless increases in headline figures needed for Ukraine to avoid default in two years," it said. "To us, this trend fosters doubt as to the commitment of future leadership to undertake much-needed reforms."

    (Additional reporting by Sujata Rao, Writing by Timothy Heritage; editing by David Stamp)

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    The Voice of Russia ‏@VoiceofRussia 3h
    Boyle: Zbigniew Brzezinski has publicly advocated the crackup of Russia.
    He is Obama’s top foreign affairs advisor #VoRradio



    The Voice of Russia ‏@VoiceofRussia 3h
    Dejevsky: There’s a very slim positive scenario in #Ukraine.
    That is if current govt doesn’t alienate the other side #VoRradio



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    Russian flag hoisted on Ukrainian navy flagship Getman Sagaidachny,
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    Historical perspective! The Crimea has been in play since the 1850's when Britain and Russia went to war over it. The Charge of the Light Brigade is written about a British Cavalry Attack. Ergo, this current crisis is yet another chapter in a book that goes back at least 160 years. When you are talking about Poland/Russia etc you are dealing with attitudes formed from events that happened hundreds of years ago. Serbia invaded Kosovo due to what happened in the freaking 1300's for instance. I have lived in Europe when I was in the US Army some 40 years ago. The Europeans/Russians keep score. They carry grudges for CENTURIES!

    This present "crisis" certainly has the potential to blow up big time. No doubt about that. Still, Reagan promised Gorbachev back in the late 1980's that NATO would not expand eastwards. NATO has inched east since then. First with Poland etc. Russia will NEVER TOLERATE A NATO ALIGNED UKRAINE! Russia is big on buffer zones, which what the whole Warsaw Pact was really about. Russia will simply not tolerate a western owned and operated Ukraine. Given the complex ethnic groupings in the Ukraine with large chunks with predominant Russian speaking populations, it is likely if TSHTF the multiethnic Ukraine will break up along language, religious and political ideologies. This is what happened in Yugoslavia. We can expect the same kind of results in the Ukraine with one major difference.

    RUSSIA DID NOT DIRECTLY EMPLOY COMBAT TROOPS IN SUPPORT OF THE SERBIANS. RUSSIA WILL DEPLOY COMBAT TROOPS TO PROTECT THOSE AREAS OF THE UKRAINE THAT ARE MOSTLY RUSSIAN SPEAKING AND RUSSIAN CULTURE.
    If, when, Putin does that then ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOSE!!!

    By the way, gang, Sevastoprol is the command center for the Russian black fleet. They ain't going anywhere.
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    R Forestier-Walker ‏@robinfwalker 2m
    Outside the #Simferopol parliament guys are handing out sticks
    to defend their neighbourhoods from something.





    R Forestier-Walker ‏@robinfwalker 7m
    Signing up to defend #Simferopol tonight from the 'fascist' threat.




    MaidanOnline ‏@MaidanOnline 35m
    Putin will unleash an armed conflict in Crimea that will follow the Georgian
    scenario: expert http://wp.me/p4bJDw-2g6




    Euromaidan PR ‏@EuromaidanPR 41m
    Plane of the former president of #Ukraine, #Yanukovych
    has landed in #Rostov-on-Don, accompanied by armed aircrafts
    - espresso.tv | PR News
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    KyivPost ‏@KyivPost 1h
    Front page of Friday, Feb. 28 @KyivPost print edition. Issue No. 9 of 2014.
    Pick it up. #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/NgQk2mCpcv

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    Ya ne znaiu ‏@Yaneznaiu 44m
    @20committee rumors flying around Russian military personnel blockading
    Бельбек airport, any confirmation on this anywhere?
    John Schindler ‏@20committee 44m
    @Yaneznaiu Nothing Yet...Will check
    Sevastopol International Airport ( "Бельбек")
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sevasto...tional_Airport
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    Well he certainly looks like a thug!
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    RTþ@RT_com·58 secs
    MORE: Gunmen apologized and left #Simferopol airport after finding no Ukrainian troops inside - press service http://on.rt.com/daoy96

    Gunmen raid Crimea capital airport in search of Ukrainian troops

    Published time: February 28, 2014 01:06
    Edited time: February 28, 2014 02:22 Get short URL


    A group of armed men in military uniforms have raided Simferopol international airport in the capital of Crimea, looking for Ukrainian airlifted forces, the airport press service says.
    According to eyewitnesses in the middle of the night at least three KamAZ trucks without license plates drove to the airport with about 50 armed men.
    At first the group cordoned off the airport’s domestic flights terminal, but then pushed forward.
    The head of the security at the airport told EER.ru magazine that the gunmen “politely” asked security officers to leave.


    The airport spokesman however refuted reports of a takeover and said that about fifty men arrived at the airport to search for Ukrainian airborne troops. However, after finding out that there was no military present on the tarmac, they apologized and left the territory, Igor Stratilati told radio Echo Moscow.

    They gunmen reportedly were equipped in a similar way to the group of local ethnic Russian ‘self-defense squads’ that had taken control of and raised Russian flags over the buildings of the Crimean parliament and government in the region’s capital.

    Moscow MP Vladimir Garnachuk, who is now in Simferopol, elaborated that the aim of the ‘self-defense squads’ was to stop the interim president Aleksandr Turchinov from landing in Crimea.

    “The active asset of about 2,000 people are developing a plan to block the runway,” Garnachuk told Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper via the phone.

    Armed gunmen arrive at Simferopol airport (courtesy Zarina Vaapova)


    On Thursday it became known that Turchinov will visit the Crimea, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO, Ambassador Igor Dolgov announced.

    “There are steps that inspire us for the peaceful solution of the problem. At present, the main goal is to refrain from armed clashes,” Dolgov said.

    http://rt.com/news/crimea-airport-terminal-capture-095/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    Well he certainly looks like a thug!
    Well Doug, outline to us what is going to happen!
    "all they that hate Me love death." Proverbs 8:36. "Why do the heathen rage, and the people image a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed." Ps 2:1,2.[SIZE=2]"The agencies of evil are combining and consolidating, they are strengthening for the last great crisis."[/SIZE]

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    February 27, 2014
    Completing Europe: Georgia's Path to NATO

    By Damon Wilson
    http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/publi...j5CcGl.twitter

    At his first public address in Washington at the Atlantic Council this week, Georgia’s
    new prime minister, Irakli Garibashvili, unequivocally committed Georgia to a
    Euro-Atlantic future that would include NATO and European Union membership.
    Garibashvili argued that Georgia’s democratic credentials, efforts to normalize its
    relations with Russia in spite of the latter’s provocations, and contribution to vital NATO
    missions all indicate that it is ready to take next steps toward becoming a NATO
    member.

    In a special issue brief, “Georgia’s Path to NATO,” Atlantic Council Executive Vice
    President Damon Wilson weighs in to the controversial debate and lays out a viable
    path forward on Georgia’s aspirations. Wilson offers a creative strategy to restore the
    credibility of the Bucharest summit commitment that Georgia will become a NATO
    member by drawing lessons from historical antecedents of how the Alliance has
    caveated its security guarantee to address disputed territory of its members.

    Read the Issue Brief (PDF)

    Wilson also argues that Georgia’s integration into Western political and security
    structures would facilitate dialogue between the people of Georgia’s secessionist
    regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In contrast, “If Russia believes that its
    continued occupation would prevent Georgia’s NATO membership, then that occupation
    threatens to become permanent.”

    Baltic states’ NATO membership facilitated the normalization of their relations with
    Russia, proving skeptics who feared destabilization wrong. Georgia must continue to be
    an “A+ NATO student” and work to strengthen its democratic foundations, Wilson
    argues. NATO and European Union, in turn, should offer clear roadmaps to membership
    and welcome Georgia and other aspirants as they meet the standards.

    Georgia’s Path to NATO” is the first in an Atlantic Council series analyzing the future
    of NATO enlargement and those nations that aspire to membership. This series is part
    of the Council’s programming on Completing Europe, which seeks to reinvigorate the
    policy debate in North America and Europe on advancing Euro-Atlantic integration and
    democratic reforms in Southeast Europe and Europe’s East.
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    Putin to Visit Military Drill on March 3, Kommersant Reports.
    barechested... riding a velociraptor


    Russians at NATO HQ ‏@natomission_ru 8h
    Ambassador Grushko: NATO has and should have no role in the crisis settlement
    in Ukraine Key points of (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1s0nk7k
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    good pic of the unidentified soldier dudes

    Nathan J Hunt‏@ISNJH·9 mins
    First close up high detail image now circulating of the group of well armed men that took the #Crimea airport #OSINT pic.twitter.com/YTSK4vvQEg


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    bruce springnote ‏@BSpringnote 9m
    Russian press reports Yanik lands in Rostov. Flight escorted by Russian fighters. Why ? #euromaidan doesn't have a fighter squadron yet



    Ilya Varlamov ‏@varlamov 2m
    @lifenews_ru: В Крыму вооруженные люди остаются в аэропорту Симферополя #Новости #Крым

    "@ Lifenews_ru: In Crimea vooruzhennыe people ostayutsya in airport Simferopol
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    Kevin Bishop ‏@bishopk 14m
    Life News is reporting 300 armed men blocking road to Belbek airport near Sevastopol.
    Quoting witnesses.



    Daniel Sandford ‏@BBCDanielS 14m
    So this morning we have armed men of unknown origin around Simferopol airport.
    Flights still coming and going, but delays overnight



    Kevin Bishop ‏@bishopk 8m
    Life News also reporting checkpoints have gone up again on roads leading into Crimea
    from rest of Ukraine.



    Myroslava Petsa ‏@myroslavapetsa 1m
    Witnesses say, those men with AKs who seized Simferopol airport speak Russian with
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    Historical perspective! The Crimea has been in play since the 1850's when Britain and Russia went to war over it. The Charge of the Light Brigade is written about a British Cavalry Attack. Ergo, this current crisis is yet another chapter in a book that goes back at least 160 years. When you are talking about Poland/Russia etc you are dealing with attitudes formed from events that happened hundreds of years ago. Serbia invaded Kosovo due to what happened in the freaking 1300's for instance. I have lived in Europe when I was in the US Army some 40 years ago. The Europeans/Russians keep score. They carry grudges for CENTURIES!

    This present "crisis" certainly has the potential to blow up big time. No doubt about that. Still, Reagan promised Gorbachev back in the late 1980's that NATO would not expand eastwards. NATO has inched east since then. First with Poland etc. Russia will NEVER TOLERATE A NATO ALIGNED UKRAINE! Russia is big on buffer zones, which what the whole Warsaw Pact was really about. Russia will simply not tolerate a western owned and operated Ukraine. Given the complex ethnic groupings in the Ukraine with large chunks with predominant Russian speaking populations, it is likely if TSHTF the multiethnic Ukraine will break up along language, religious and political ideologies. This is what happened in Yugoslavia. We can expect the same kind of results in the Ukraine with one major difference.

    RUSSIA DID NOT DIRECTLY EMPLOY COMBAT TROOPS IN SUPPORT OF THE SERBIANS. RUSSIA WILL DEPLOY COMBAT TROOPS TO PROTECT THOSE AREAS OF THE UKRAINE THAT ARE MOSTLY RUSSIAN SPEAKING AND RUSSIAN CULTURE.
    If, when, Putin does that then ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOSE!!!

    By the way, gang, Sevastoprol is the command center for the Russian black fleet. They ain't going anywhere.
    Heck, the Russians already have combat troops deployed in Crimea. They just haven't started getting into direct conflict with Ukrainian forces, unless those men taking over the government buildings are Spetznatz.

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    Rodrigo ‏@RodrigoEBR 5m
    Russian servicemen backed by armoured personnel carriers have taken up position
    on the perimeter of military airport at Sevastopol, Crimea



    Hans de Vreij ‏@hdevreij 2m
    Interfax link and picture http://www.interfax.ru/world/txt/361733 …
    #самообороны pic.twitter.com/MEqNq8aune





    Hans de Vreij ‏@hdevreij 41m
    #Crimea: soldiers at Simferopol Airport (Reuters photo). Ukrainian? Russian?
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/28/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA1Q1E820140228 … pic.twitter.com/1yrsUsELXY
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    Armed standoff in pro-Russian region
    raises Ukraine tension

    By Alessandra Prentice and Alissa de Carbonnel
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:23am EST

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A1Q1E820140228

    s1.reutersmedia.net.jpg

    An armed man stands guard at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea February 28, 2014.
    Credit: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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    Dozens of armed men 'patrol' airport in Ukraine's Crimea

    28 February 2014 Last updated at 01:48 ET
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26379722


    The armed men reportedly arrived at the airport in several trucks and carried Russian navy flags



    Armed men in military uniforms are patrolling the main airport in Ukraine's Crimea
    region, amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

    It follows the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanokovych, who is now in Russia.

    It is not immediately clear who the men in the airport are, nor the reason for their
    presence at the airport.

    On Thursday, pro-Russian armed men stormed the parliament in Crimea, Ukraine's only
    Russian-majority region.

    Tensions have heightened in the autonomous region since the ousting of President
    Viktor Yanukovych last week.

    The men, said to be armed with assault rifles, are going in and out of the control tower
    at the airport, Reuters reports.

    'Normal operations'


    The airport was said to be operating normally

    Witnesses told Interfax-Ukraine news agency that around 50 men had arrived carrying
    Russian navy flags.

    The airport is said to be operating as normal.
    A man called Vladimir told Reuters he was a volunteer helping the group, though he
    said he did not know where they came from.

    "I'm with the People's Militia of Crimea. We're simple people, volunteers," he said.

    "We're here at the airport to maintain order. We'll meet the planes with a nice smile -
    the airport is working as normal."

    On Thursday, a separate group of unidentified armed men entered Crimea's parliament
    building by force, and hoisted a Russian flag on the roof.

    The Crimean parliament later announced it would hold a referendum on expanding the
    region's autonomy on 25 May.

    Recent developments in the Crimea region - which traditionally leans towards Moscow -
    heightened tensions with Russia, which scrambled fighter jets to monitor its borders on
    Thursday.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry called on all sides to "step back and avoid any kind of
    provocations" on Thursday.

    The US has sought assurances from Russia after President Vladimir Putin ordered snap
    military drills to test the combat readiness of troops in central and western Russia, near
    the border with Ukraine earlier in the week.

    Mr Kerry said he had spoken to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who vowed to
    respect Ukraine's "territorial integrity".

    Crimea - where ethnic Russians are in a majority - was transferred from Russia to
    Ukraine in 1954.

    Ethnic Ukrainians loyal to Kiev and Muslim Tatars - whose animus towards Russia
    stretches back to Stalin's deportations during World War Two - have formed an alliance
    to oppose any move back towards Moscow.

    Russia, along with the US, UK and France, pledged to uphold the territorial integrity of
    Ukraine in a memorandum signed in 1994.

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    Kateryna_Kruk ‏@Kateryna_Kruk 9m
    #Crimea-airport in Belbek is controlled by Russians,
    airport in Simferopol-russ.military men inside,
    Ukr.outside.


    Kateryna_Kruk ‏@Kateryna_Kruk 7m
    Min.of interior affairs Avakov says events in #Crimea are out of competency of his
    ministry,council of security to decide.calls it invasion


    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 6m
    Ukrainian interior minister Avakov says "invasion & occupation" under way in Crimea
    https://m.facebook.com/arsen.avakov.1/posts/597469000343210 …


    bruce springnote ‏@BSpringnote 1m
    Interior Ministers says Russian troops occupying Belbek airport outside of Sevastopol.
    Getting ready for Yanik's return ? #euromaidan


    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 42s
    BTW, this must be the first "invasion & occupation" announced by any government
    on Facebook #Crimea
    https://m.facebook.com/arsen.avakov.1/posts/597469000343210 …

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    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 24s
    KP (influential Pro-Putin tabloid) correspondent proudly compares actions
    of Russian forces to their march on Pristina.


    Myroslava Petsa ‏@myroslavapetsa 2m
    Meanwhile appointed by #Yanukovych and born in #Belarus head of #Ukraine's armed forces
    general staff Yury Ilyin reappeared in #Crimea


    Douglas Herbert ‏@dougf24 2m
    Why is #Russia 's state-controlled @interfax_news agency seemingly always 1st
    w/ news of Russian military moves, armed assaults in #Crimea?



    Myroslava Petsa ‏@myroslavapetsa 2m
    #Ilyin ordered military deployment from Kerch to Sevastopol, then checked into hospital
    making it difficult to fire him



    Alessandra Prentice ‏@alessaprentice 1m
    Ukrainian interior ministry say Russian forces have blocked Sevastopol's military airport.
    So now 2 Crimean airports taken over.
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    The Associated Press‏@AP·10m
    BREAKING: Ukraine's interior minister says Russian military have blocked airport in Sevastopol.

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    Gregor Peter‏@L0gg0l·2 mins
    RUSSIAN DUMA ADVISES UKRAINE TO GIVE UP UNIFIED STRUCTURE, INTERFAX SAYS http://interfax.ru/news/361757 (via @coalsonr)

    Amie Ferris-Rotman‏@Amie_FR·5 mins
    Whaaaaaaaat? #Russian Duma will consider bill to simplify procedures for adding new subjects of Russia http://www.interfax.ru/news/361746 #Ukraine

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    MORE: Ukraine's interior minister calls airport blockade "military invasion and occupation": http://apne.ws/1hGscPL

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    Myroslava Petsa ‏@myroslavapetsa 1m
    Interior Minister #Avakov: I view events in #Crimea as armed intervention
    and occupation that violate all international treaties and laws
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    Mark MacKinnon ‏@markmackinnon 51s
    Ukraine's new Interior Minister says airport takeovers "ARMED INVASION and
    OCCUPATION" by "armed forces of the Russian Federation." Caps his
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    Myroslava Petsaþ@myroslavapetsa4 mins
    Interior Minister #Avakov: I view events in #Crimea as armed intervention and occupation that violate all international treaties and laws

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    “Invasion and occupation” MT @BuzzFeedNews:
    Ukraine's Interim Interior Minister on Simferopol Airport (Translated)
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    Run Forest Run‏@RunForestRun11·4 mins
    Russian troops have occupied #Belbek military airport close to #Sevastopol in #CRIMEA

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    Julia Smirnova‏@smirnova_welt·15 mins
    Road to Sevastopol airport blocked by armed people pic.twitter.com/JFn566gIlL


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    Vihar Georgiev ‏@vihargg 19m
    If news about Russian soldiers in airports in Crimea are true, Russia has violated the
    Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances 1/2


    Vihar Georgiev ‏@vihargg 16m
    We're then into unchartered territory, and US and EU must react in a decisive manner
    if Ukrainian territorial integrity is important. 2/2


    Blogs of War ‏@BlogsofWar 24m
    This is probably going to come in handy. Camopedia - #Russia
    http://camopedia.org/index.php?title=Russia



    Just Hovens Greve ‏@JustHovensGreve 42s
    Clear evidence it's not only #Simferopol. RT"@smirnova_welt:
    Road to #Sevastopol airport blocked by armed people pic.twitter.com/7dPFBvIdUK"


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    Gregor Peter‏@L0gg0l·11 mins
    STATE DUMA WILL URGENTLY CALL A SESSION TO DISCUSS UKRAINE SITUATION IF NECESSARY - NARYSHKIN -- Interfax


    Gregor Peter‏@L0gg0l·12 mins
    NARYSHKIN PROPOSES ASKING VENICE COMMISSION TO ASSESS LEGITIMACY OF UKRAINE'S CURRENT AUTHORITIES -- Interfax

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    Lucian Kim ‏@Lucian_Kim 9m
    So acting #Ukraine Pres. #Turchinov didn't show up in #Crimea.
    Instead, new Defense Minister Tenyukh supposedly plans visit.
    via @15minutOK



    Daniel Sandford ‏@BBCDanielS 8m
    Simferopol airport now. Armed men still here pic.twitter.com/lMytouXL4C


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    Hans de Vreij‏@hdevreij·5 mins
    #Crimea: Interfax has now changed its front page and speaks of 'self-defence' troops at airport http://www.interfax.ru/world/

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zMEF...layer_embedded

    "Russia vыvodyt APC in Symferopol.Krыm.27.02.2014h. This is Nazыvayut Scientists."



    James Mates ‏@jamesmatesitv 2m
    A soldier at Crimea's Semferipol airport has confirmed to local Channel 1 TV
    that they are Russian. #Ukraine



    James Mates ‏@jamesmatesitv 1m
    Soldiers now controlling Crimea's main airport look v professional. All markings
    removed from uniforms.
    #Ukraine calling it 'invasion'
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    A couple of thoughts......

    - The reports of "volunteers" and "Cossacks" coming out of almost nowhere. The numbers and timing can only mean a lot of planning and personnel being "cocked and locked". My guess is that the personnel may very well have come from the security detail at the Olympics in Sochi.

    It would have allowed for the organizing and training needed for the missions they're now being used for, grab and hold these airports as airheads for shuttling in Russian rapid deployment forces when it is deemed necessary and other key points, without setting off any alarm bells.

    - Looking at this, the Russians are looking like they're really playing this smart without over reacting while the situation with the Ukrainians is both fluid and nebulous. What's going on behind the curtains and who's involved pulling the strings is like an onion. So who gains from all of this and who's manipulating whom?

    With what's being reported as a second wholesale theft of capital out of the Ukraine, putting any aid into there without plugging these holes is only going to keep the uncertainty and instability going.

    - That the deposed president was elected in one of the closest monitored elections ever held, but was this vulnerable to unrest and eventual removal says a lot that should be heeded by everyone.

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    bruce springnote ‏@BSpringnote 4m
    Soros calls for a Marshall plan for Ukraine led by US and Europe. #euromaidan


    max seddon ‏@maxseddon 6m
    If @AvakovArsen is correct, the Russian "invasion" violates the Budapest
    Memorandum of 1994 guaranteeing Ukraine's territorial integrity


    Myroslava Petsa ‏@myroslavapetsa 6m
    Acc to Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances,#Ukraine abandoned nuclear
    arsenal, while #Russia promised to defend Ukraine's sovereignty
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    I hope they behave, I have to babysit two little ones under the age of 4 tomorrow (oh, today) so I have to get some sleep.

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    headache, can't sleep

    Nathan J Hunt‏@ISNJH·35 mins
    Armed troop with rifle with attached grenade launcher. pic.twitter.com/0NVaDHrKtJ


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    Middle East News‏@MiddleEast_BRK·27 mins
    Compare 2012 unveiled "New Army Field Uniform" for Russian forces and today's guys in #Sevastopol. Think, you get it. pic.twitter.com/BoHZs48uQf


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    Fixeri‏@Fixeri·4 mins
    @EuromaidanPR @euromaidan They don't have mags. Guns aren't loaded. Seen same in other pics too.#ukraine

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    Kalashnikittyþ@CustosDivini12 mins
    RT @BlogsofWar: Russian Lawmakers Want To Simplify Process Of Adding New Regions http://goo.gl/ZuWQca #Russia #Duma #news

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