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Ukraine Says Russian Troops Take Over Airports in Crimea
The Washington Post ^ | Friday, February 28, 2014 | William Booth

Posted on 02/28/2014 8:44:03 AM PST by kristinn

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Several hundred troops in green camouflage, without insignia and carrying military-style automatic rifles, entered and secured areas of the civilian airport in Crimea’s regional capital of Simferopol early Friday and deployed elsewhere, drawing protests from the new Ukrainian government against what it called a Russian invasion.

Video taken at the scene showed the troops patrolling inside the airport and standing guard outside. Flights continued to operate; no shots were fired.

SNIP

At the Belbek airport, armed men and a military transport truck blocked the entrance. Whoever the men were, they did not appear to be civilian militiamen, but trained soldiers.

When a man who appeared to be a Russian officer with two bodyguards approached them, they spread out in defensive positions, squatted and waited for orders.

Dozens of troop transport trucks were scattered along the highway between Sevastopol and Simferopol.

Seven Russian armored personnel carriers were spotted on the roadside outside Sevastopol showing Russian colors. One of the gunners said they were Russian Federation forces from the Krasnodar region in Russia, about 180 miles from Sochi.

The mysterious troops at the main airport in Simferopol slowly circulated at the arrival and departure concourses as international flights from Moscow and Istanbul continued as scheduled.

The soldiers refused to answer questions from reporters about who they are and what their mission is.

A dozen pro-Russian civilian self defense militiamen stood by, but not with, the soldiers.

In the Balaklava district near Sevastopol, at least 20 men wearing the uniform of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and carrying automatic rifles surrounded a Ukrainian border guard post Friday, initiating a tense standoff with Ukrainian border police inside, Reuters news agency reported.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 02/28/2014 8:44:03 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

“..carrying military-style automatic rifles...”

Ye gods! WaPo really has been in business too long.


2 posted on 02/28/2014 8:48:14 AM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: kristinn

1938 all over again. If Russia can invade and take a sovereign, independent country at will, no country that was formerly in their sphere of influence is safe. Expect massive hand wringing from Obama and company.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 8:49:12 AM PST by armydawg505
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To: kristinn

Not our problem.


4 posted on 02/28/2014 8:51:38 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: kristinn

Crossing an international borderwhile not really wearing uniforms, ad controlling major real estate. The world says nothing. Is the Geneva convention dead?


5 posted on 02/28/2014 8:52:33 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy
What is not dead, is dying (see? .. I CAN learn how to spell it)

All in preparation for Jesus' return to take His away and leave the rest for Satan/anti-Christ ... for a few years before all ... uhem ... HELL breaks loose.

6 posted on 02/28/2014 8:56:32 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: beelzepug

Rifles....ya mean like our “police” carried in Boston as they took over the area...and ordered everyone inside....and knocked on doors with weapons aimed at its citizens.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 8:56:59 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: All
Photo via Twitter from the Post's William Booth:


Armored personnel carrier near Sevastopol. Are the Russians coming? Or are they here? #crimea #ukraine pic.twitter.com/Ns3Oxkugov

8 posted on 02/28/2014 8:58:10 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: armydawg505

Russia has a naval base in Crimea that it is trying to protect. It’s not an invasion.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 8:58:25 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

That’s true. The situation in Ukraine is unstable. And Russia is obligated to protect not only its bases but to ensure the safety of the Russian population on the peninsula.

When there is anarchy and lawlessness in a neighboring state, you have to call out the troops to prevent further bloodshed.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 9:05:18 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Sacajaweau
Sure.

Sky News reporter Yulia Bragina via Twitter:

MFA in Russia ordered it's consulate in Simferopol to give Russian passports to Berkut. Putin needs ppl who will do what they are told.

11 posted on 02/28/2014 9:10:35 AM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

Moscow is going to hand out Russian passports to any one on the peninsula.

The Russian State Duma is drafting a federal law allowing any region that wishes to join Russia to do so either through plebiscite or through a decision of its Parliament.

Giving the Crimea legal grounds to accede to Russia.

Putin is sitting in the catbird seat right now playing the new rulers in Kiev and those in the West for fools.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 9:19:43 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kristinn

NO more like beginning of World War 1

I doubt Vlady give rat*** what Obama thinks


13 posted on 02/28/2014 9:21:00 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: kristinn

WHOA Vlady in Ukraine is me or that dude look like Vlady LOL!


14 posted on 02/28/2014 9:21:23 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: kristinn
Never ever forget, Putin plays chess. Obama plays.
15 posted on 02/28/2014 9:28:22 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: FReepers

Click The Pic

Donate!

16 posted on 02/28/2014 9:40:04 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: goldstategop

When one country walks in military into another sovereign country it’s called an invasion. Russia has no right to invade another country.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 10:26:37 AM PST by KOZ.
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To: KOZ.

Russia’s military is technically there with Ukrainian permission.

But its a lesson to Kiev on who really holds the whip hand. It would be suicidal for Ukraine to go to war against Russia over a prestige prize.

Look for a replay of Transdniester here over 20 years ago. Russian peace-keeping troops move in and they stay there for good.

Better a good frozen conflict than a bad civil war.

Besides, saner heads in Kiev know full well keeping Crimea is not worth the risk of losing the real prize of becoming part of the West. Let it be Moscow’s headache.


18 posted on 02/28/2014 11:02:12 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Technically??? Are you kidding?

How is Russia invading with Ukrainian permission?


19 posted on 02/28/2014 12:53:05 PM PST by KOZ.
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To: KOZ.

The Black Sea Fleet deal allows Russia to secure its naval base.

And Russia is giving it the widest possible interpretation.

Moscow could not care less what Kiev thinks. Politics ain’t nothing personal, you understand.


20 posted on 02/28/2014 1:18:09 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

It has nothing to do with being personal.

They are taking over airfields and towns....those are not part of a a naval base.

Russia is not taking a ‘broad interpretation’, they are invading.


21 posted on 02/28/2014 1:26:57 PM PST by KOZ.
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To: KOZ.
Poland, 1939
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, 1940
Hungary, 1956
Czechoslovakia, 1968
Afghanistan, 1979
Georgia, 2008
Ukraine, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

22 posted on 02/28/2014 1:32:10 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Exactly. Some people are trying to rationalize a takeover and invasion.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 1:40:21 PM PST by KOZ.
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To: Sacajaweau

When foreign troops arrive un invited and unexpected, its an invasion.


24 posted on 02/28/2014 6:14:31 PM PST by armydawg505
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To: kristinn
Whoa, let me get this straight. Unknown soldiers with no insignia have invaded Ukraine. They refuse to say where they came from. Russia has no idea where they came from, and has publicly denied that they're Russian troops.

Since no nation claims them, they basically have the same status as mercenaries, and therefore carpet bombing them all could not possibly provoke an international incident between two nations, right?

So all we need now is for our President to ....... to ..... umm .......

Oh never mind! I just remembered who's in the White House.

.... On another topic: Does anyone else wake up in the morning, and the first thing they think is: Wow! Was that ever a doozy of the nightmare. I dreamt that ever since January of 2009, our beloved nation ...... oh crap! It wasn't a dream after all.

25 posted on 03/01/2014 8:33:17 AM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC (Folks ask about my politics. I say: I dont belong to any organized political party. I'm a Republican)
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