In my opinion, it is already over for a united and free Ukraine. In 1999 the US, under Bill Clinton and NATO bombed Serbia to support a Kosovo for the Albanian Muslims, an action opposed by the Russians. Today, we reap the consequence. The US enforced the rights of Albanians in Yugoslavia to self-determination. By precedent, others, including Russians in Crimea, have the same right. If Albanians had to be protected by US and NATO forces from their legal government, what is different for the Russians in Georgia or Crimea? Is the EU going to boycott Russian gas exports? - Deuce
Ukraine's population of 46 million has divided loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the EU, while eastern and southern regions look to Russia for support
Nearly 60 percent of Crimea's residents identify themselves as Russian.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine without firing a shot.
So far, the new government in Kiev has been powerless to react to Russian military tactics. Armed men in uniforms without insignia have moved freely about the key peninsula, occupying airports, smashing equipment at an air base and besieging a Ukrainian infantry base.
Ukrainian soldiers were surrounded by Russia troops at Perevalnoe,
one of several stand-offs on the peninsula
Putin has defied calls from the West to pull back his troops, insisting that Russia has a right to protect its interests and Russian-speakers in Crimea and elsewhere in Ukraine. However, there has been no sign of ethnic Russians facing attacks in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine.
Nato is conducting emergency talks on the crisis. Its secretary-general has said Russia's actions
"threatened peace and security in Europe".
There are fools and knves that do no find this INTERESTING.
They would rather the discussion stay focused upon Apartheid in Israel.
While this situation in the Ukraine, a confrontation n Europe, where Russia is fulfilling its "Responsibility to Protect", well ...
The President of the United States skipped a meeting with his staff, instead he spent 90 minutes on the phone with Putin. The outcome of that conversation seems clear, Russian troops remain in the Crimea, the US has taken military action 'Of the Table'
The Russians showing the entire world the importance of maintaining a nuclear arsenal.
A lesson that was lost upon the Ukrainians in 1995.
Rest assured the Iranians are taking note.
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