Ukraine says Russian tries to seize airports, base |

KIEV, Ukraine — Armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports in Crimea on Friday and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region, Ukrainian officials said, an ominous sign of the Kremlin’s iron hand in Ukraine. President Barack Obama bluntly warned Moscow “there will be costs” if it intervenes militarily.

The sudden arrival of men in military uniforms patrolling key strategic facilities prompted Ukraine to accuse Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” – a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis.

In a hastily arranged statement delivered from the White House, Obama called on Russia to respect the independence and territory of Ukraine and not try to take advantage of its neighbor, which is undergoing political upheaval.

“Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing,” Obama said.

Such action by Russia would not serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, Russia or Europe, Obama said, and would represent a “profound interference” in matters he said must be decided by the Ukrainian people.

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I told you Putin wasn’t just going to shrug off the loss of access to Sevastapol.

5 thoughts on “Ukraine says Russian tries to seize airports, base |”

  1. There will be costs, serious costs! They may not be asked to sit at the head table at Mooch’s next “Let’s move” dinner. Or perhaps they will be on the second round of “holiday” cards.

  2. I’m not so sure this is an attempt to grab Crimea. Russia can’t hold Crimea without taking a good chunk of Ukraine proper. If they did that – and a cursory glance at the numbers doesn’t look good for Russia – it could prompt the US and/or EU to live up to their promises and go to war against Russia (stop snickering, it could happen). If the EU and US ignore their promises to Ukraine, the other states that have broken away from Russia would band together in a mutual defense pact and probably start developing nuclear weapons.

    I’m not sure that Putin thinks having a pissed of neo-NATO on his borders is worth Black Sea access. Especially if he can get the same access simply by negotiating with the new government to honor the existing agreement. That’s what I think these new troops are, a bargaining chip and a subtle reminder that Putin could grab the whole thing.

    1. I think we’re gonna see Crimea as an “autonomous” state, de facto part of Russia. And while we can complain about the Obama administration response, I’m not sure the US had any cards to play.

      1. Which is why any other nation that wishes to remain independent of Moscow is going to start working on nukes.

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