Shots fired as Russian troops force their way into Ukrainian base in Crimea

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marisa70394 wrote:

Hang on Ukraine! Russia has lost Crimea before and they will lose it again!

Mar 22, 2014 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BlueCannon wrote:

Beseiged by pro-Russian troops, with limited supplies and no Kiev reinforcement in sight, the Ukraine defense ministry should recall, withdraw these dug-in but helpless soldiers, unless they switch own allegiance. It is not worthwhile to sacrifice in such overwhelming situation. Life goes on better for them outside Crimea.

Mar 22, 2014 9:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ProEto wrote:

Kiev continues to provoke Russian forces for violence against Ukrainians although they were very patient with these “bases”. Poor guys, they served there in these poorly maintained bases (look at the pictures!) mainly for watching over Russian and Tatar communities. Now after the re-unification with Russia, keeping the personnel there under Kiev orders makes no sense and is a pure provocation

Mar 22, 2014 10:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ProEto wrote:

Kiev continues to provoke Russian forces for violence against Ukrainians although they were very patient with these “bases”. Poor guys, they served there in these poorly maintained bases (look at the pictures!) mainly for watching over Russian and Tatar communities. Now after the re-unification with Russia, keeping the personnel there under Kiev orders makes no sense and is a pure provocation

Mar 22, 2014 10:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ProEto wrote:

Kiev continues to provoke Russian forces for violence against Ukrainians although they were very patient with these “bases”. Poor guys, they served there in these poorly maintained bases (look at the pictures!) mainly for watching over Russian and Tatar communities. Now after the re-unification with Russia, keeping the personnel there under Kiev orders makes no sense and is a pure provocation

Mar 22, 2014 10:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ProEto wrote:

Kiev continues to provoke Russian forces for violence against Ukrainians although they were very patient with these “bases”. Poor guys, they served there in these poorly maintained bases (look at the pictures!) mainly for watching over Russian and Tatar communities. Now after the re-unification with Russia, keeping the personnel there under Kiev orders makes no sense and is a pure provocation

Mar 22, 2014 10:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ProUK wrote:

Remember the Alamo!

Mar 22, 2014 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Trichiurus wrote:

The old commie ways are back. Putin = neo-Stalin

Mar 22, 2014 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chrissky wrote:

Desperation on the part of this ILLEGAL, ZIONIST banker “government” of Ukraine… hoping to sacrifice these men to try and make Russia look bad, when 95% of Crimea voted to JOIN Russia… to escape the horrible Zionist Banker traps being set for the rest of Ukraine.

Like the coming Cyprus style bank deposit confiscation and the impending 40% increase in price of gas…. Crimea’s people are the luckiest in Ukraine… they escaped the bankster take over… The rest of Ukraine won’t be so lucky, unfortunately.

Mar 22, 2014 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thelaowai wrote:

Good for them! Don’t let Rasputin win so easy!

Mar 22, 2014 11:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thelaowai wrote:

@ BlueCannon, @ ProEto, do you work for Mr Ras-Putin? Your argument has no basis. These are Ukrainian soldiers at their bases in their country. If they choose to stay and give your king a bloody nose then it is their right and duty.

Mar 22, 2014 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thelaowai wrote:

@ BlueCannon, @ ProEto, do you work for Mr Ras-Putin? Your argument has no basis. These are Ukrainian soldiers at their bases in their country. If they choose to stay and give your king a bloody nose then it is their right and duty.

Mar 22, 2014 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rVLn-4 wrote:

oooo russians enter ukrainian base!

thats what usually what eventually happens when the population vote to succeed.

duh!

Mar 22, 2014 11:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

Hope no life is lost here. Crimea is gone. Now Kiev needs to pay attention to the east. Protesters are calling for a referendum joining Russia. Will be interesting to see how they handle the same tactic they used getting into power. Again, hope to see no more blood.

Mar 22, 2014 12:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

There is no resistance from the soldiers on these bases. They are all switching allegiance to Russia like the Navy commander.

Without Crimea and Sevastopol port, Ukraine does not look attractive to coup plotters. Five billion dollars were wasted. Plus at least 35 billion will have to be spent to prop up the coup leaders and for the nation building of the failed Ukrainian state.

Where would the money come from? From China and cuts in social services

Mar 22, 2014 12:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Compurgator wrote:

Wait! Those aren’t Russian troops! They’re – - uh – - they’re Canadian Mounties! Yeah, that’s the ticket. Canadian Mounties, there to – - uh – - safeguard and protect the seal population in The Black Sea.

Uh huh.

Mar 22, 2014 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nose2066 wrote:

One person was injured when Russian troops stormed the base.

Imagine the thousands that would be dead or injured if NATO had stormed the base.

Mar 22, 2014 12:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

Ukrainian partisans should destroy all the Russian pipelines on Ukrainian land. Ukrainians defending their country on their own land are heros.
(ras)Putin is a criminal and a curse on all of Russia.

Mar 22, 2014 12:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CMEBARK wrote:

ProEto why can’t you learn how to post your inane comments only once. You provoked this comment.

Mar 22, 2014 12:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TomMariner wrote:

At least the Russians had to fire shots!

Ukranians — if you want the rest of the world to help you, you must help yourself. If there are no patriots among you, then good-bye, be led away like cowardly sheep.

The only reason we give soldiers weapons is first to intimidate and as a last resort, to shoot the guys marching into your country. Your job is to send body bags back to mothers in the invading nation. Will lots of you get killed? Yup — but why should we waste one dollar, one threat, one sanction if you folks really don’t care. Someone just stole your country by force!

Harsh? Oh yeah, but if your country is invaded by someone who wants to colonize you, act like you care. As Thomas Jefferson said “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. I’m pretty sure I know which is which — do you?

Mar 22, 2014 12:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Verpoly wrote:

These Ukrainian soldiers have no way out but to surrender. They should save their lives today for future fight for victory. Stubborn difiance only paves the way to meet Lenin and Stalin sooner. What you want has to compromise with what the reality is for now.

Mar 22, 2014 12:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

@TomMariner are you going to pour your blood for a boxer who lives on western cash?

Mar 22, 2014 12:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ic555 wrote:

at least they didn’t torch the place like happened in other armed enclaves like the black panther or branch davidian compounds in US

Mar 22, 2014 12:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
f00 wrote:

Putin brings it. Go Vlad, go.

As for tyranny, the EU epitomizes it. Bureaucrats, leftist ideologues and special interests lording it over formerly sovereign nations. If you’re a nationalist, the EU is the last place you want to be.

Mar 22, 2014 12:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

I would still like to know who the snipers were at Maidan in Kiev, who killed over 80 people and led to the putch?

Now that there is suspicion that it was related to the Western supported government elements, the topic seems to be dropped in Western media?

Since we carry out extra-judicial drone assassinations, are at least complicit in Iranian scientist assassinations, institute unfounded wars of aggression, and work to excite enmity throughout the world amongst competing groups, it is not a very great leap to wonder what role we played in those 80 people’s deaths.

It is the responsibility of the media, “the fourth estate”, to strengthen American by examining the machinations of our government, and the way it works, including the Maidan killings. For the most part, US and Western mass media appear to be simply extensions of the various Western governments who are themselves servants of the corporations and big money. In this sense, media is unpatriotic, in that it fails to serve the majority in these nominally democratic countries.

Mar 22, 2014 1:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
andreaschaerf wrote:

Will Crimea also be subjects to Russia Sanctions? Will Crimea use any of the money to help Ukraines economy get going?

Mar 22, 2014 1:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fric wrote:

Russia never lost Crimea, a traditional part of Russia. Yeltsin, a US installed alcoholic puppet gave, in one of his drunken episodes, Crimea to Ukraine as s gift. Crimea will never leave mother Russia again.

Mar 22, 2014 1:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

As for Ukrainian soldiers submitting to Russia, it is just another indication of how stupid, ill-informed, yet ruthless, the Western sponsored Maidan putch was. Obviously, the differences between Ukrainian soldiers and Russian soldiers are an internal, brotherly issues. Ukraine is largely the Mother of Russia, just like has been said all along. Keep Kiev the Western handled government out, and peaceful accommodations can be made.

The breakup of Ukraine and Russia in 1991 was an anomaly, presumably facilitated by the same corrupt US/EU forces as we saw privatizing Russia and selling it off to their world oligarch brotherhood. Besides Russian SU falling apart due to corruption of the Soviet government, it was parted out by the West and sold to the most corrupt bidders in Russia’s and Ukraine’s times of greatest need.

Look at all the vehemence the Western presstitude has heaped on Putin for his takedown of one of the chief oligarchs, Khodorkovsky. The complaint of the West seemed to be that it was unfair to call Khodorkovsky to account, just because he used his ill-gotten gains to try to politically take over Russia. This clearly exposes the thinking or our American rulers: Money rules, and that is the way it should be.

Once again, the gullible Ukrainians have been bamboozled by the West. Eighty are killed by snipers, and they are stampeded into a neo-Nazi infiltrated government. By now, I imagine they are starting to get the picture. Eastern Ukrainians already understand. Perhaps Western Ukraine is not far behind. Let’s see what a fair democratic election can bring, if the country can make it to the May 31 elections without an East-West breakup. If they do breakup before then, you can be sure that it is because Eastern Ukrainians are courageously going back to their roots.

Courageously, because it is easy to see that the Western handlers of the Ukrainian putch government will use as much violence as they can get away with, to try to kowtow the Eastern Ukrainians to the Western sponsored Kiev government. Anybody who doubts this: Then who were the Maidan snipers?

And why did the West set up the situation of Western versus Eastern Ukraine. This is typical tactics they use to destroy countries (Sunni vs Shiite vs Allawite vs….). Does this indicate that after all, the West considers Ukraine part of Russia, and want to destroy it, just as Russia. To kowtow Ukraine-Russia to the Western oligarchs? Hopefully, Western stupidity and malevolence will end up driving Ukraine bak into the waiting arms of their mutual roots with Russia, and the world can be done for awhile with this purely Western oligarchy issue.

Mar 22, 2014 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
notnow wrote:

and the world stands by…

Mar 22, 2014 2:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Arreb wrote:

Well now that it is Russian territory you should have left.
Russia was in the right you were in the wrong, its that simple.

Mar 22, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Arreb wrote:

Well now that it is Russian territory you should have left.
Russia was in the right you were in the wrong, its that simple.

Mar 22, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Arreb wrote:

Well now that it is Russian territory you should have left.
Russia was in the right you were in the wrong, its that simple.

Mar 22, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LeoOzz wrote:

Ukrainian military men only need an excuse to surrender. Russians just give them that excuse. That’s all.

Mar 22, 2014 3:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The russian thugs are at it again. They will pay for their crimes in Crimea!

Mar 22, 2014 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

As I see it, all the mainstream political analysis starts from a very bad American position. These people write as if America has a right to run the world; and all the world’s countries, Russia for example, are wrong for opposing anything America wants. This is an entirely false position. In the case of Russia, there has been very little sign that Russia is against America. They do have some more sensible points of view, for example of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, and South Ossetia. But it is the West through NATO that has continually moved up on Russia through incorporating the formerly Soviet block nations. How can the West honestly claim otherwise, in view of the facts?

The American hegemony drive throughout the world is clear for all to see. Our president even openly claims “American exceptionalism” in a State-of-the-Union speech! How off-base can we be? If America claims the right to take over the world, let’s be up front about it, and not go around confusing everybody with lies, inaccuracies, and false accusations of the other. We are supposedly a democracy, and support democracy, so let’s democratically see if the world wants to be taken over by the US. Certainly not! America’s messing around in other countries of the world is on the very face of it, undemocratic. Rule by force and subterfuge is not democratic.

Let each country handle it’s own domestic affairs! US out of everybody else’s pants!

Mar 22, 2014 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Russia will win this, and the united states will lose!

Mar 22, 2014 3:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:

Compared to the bloody riots in Kiev or the massive slaughter in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Russian invasion and occupation has been almost bloodless with only one death. Of course, the voting showed that 77% supported, 20% abstained, and 3% opposed joining Russia. The West rejects the referendum despite the fact that Kiev’s regime is an unelected mob. The economics are overwhelming because Ukraine remains an economic basket case while Russia’s 1.3% GDP growth in 2013 beat the EU’s 0.3% by over 4 to 1. EU debts exceed GDP while Russia has $500 billion in foreign currency reserves. During the past 13 years, the US and NATO have destroyed themselves in two expensive, badly fought wars, numerous costly failed interventions, and three major technology, economic, and financial crises. Putin has rebuilt Russia’s economy and its military in actions that are not as flamboyant as armed conflicts, but he has been successful.

On the other side of the world, he has allied his country with China that has $3.5 trillion in foreign currency reserves and a 7.7% GDP growth rate in 2013 that beat the US over 4 to 1 at 1.9% GDP growth. He has developed the world’s biggest oil and gas station in Russian Siberia that sits next door to the world’s biggest car market and the world’s biggest industrial production facility. China has a new rail link that allows trade with Crimea using road and rail ferries over the Strait of Kerch, and Beijing can build a two mile road and rail bridge over the Strait for more and faster trade. Russia sells oil and gas to US allies, Japan and South Korea, and plans pipelines to sell more at lower customer prices but bigger Russian profits. In Pacific countries without pipeline possibilities, Russia can ship oil and gas faster and more cheaply than the US or the Middle East that must ship over greater distances.

The evidence proves that Crimea will prosper more with Russia than with Ukraine’s economic crises. President Putin has picked the plums and left the US and EU with the pits.

Mar 22, 2014 3:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
itsmysayokay wrote:

The russians are way out of line and they will pay dearly for what they have done!

Mar 22, 2014 3:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BraveNewWrld wrote:

Funny how Reuters laments of Russian brutality and occupation while there have been roughly equal number of Russian and Ukrainian troops in Crimea (somewhere near 20,000 each), and, according to the most recent data I’ve seen, more than half of formerly Ukrainian soldiers have already re-enlisted in Russian Army. Aggression indeed.

Mar 22, 2014 4:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PeterNZL wrote:

Time for Ukrainians to go home, the rental agreement has expired.

Mar 22, 2014 4:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
orlandojon23 wrote:

We have had satellite camera technology that produces clear and sharp photos for a couple decades. Why are we looking at grainy fuzzy photos and why hasn’t the USA published any?

Mar 22, 2014 4:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyanitsa wrote:

Had Western media covered the death and injury of every Iraqi soldier during the Iraq invasion in so much detail and in the same manner, there might not have been 298,000 deaths.

Mar 22, 2014 4:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mb56 wrote:

Back when US dropped it’s Space Shuttle program and said it would rely on the Russians for access to the Space Station, I said it was mind-boggling stupid to rely on the Russians to access our $100B space station – it would only be a matter of time before new tensions arose. Well… it looks like that day is here. Gotta wonder how long before we’re locked out of our $100B investment up there…

Mar 22, 2014 5:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Geus.ru wrote:

Worldobserveronline: Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found.

Mar 22, 2014 5:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
aetheldread wrote:

Trotskyites aka the latter day neocons attempting to finish through with the coup attempt they began in 1927. Khazarian bankers would love nothing more than to throw your money and the dead bodies of your sons at Putin in effort to effect that coup. Reuters and their compromised compatriots are playing the role of snake oil charlatan to that end.

Mar 22, 2014 5:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YesNoMaybeSo wrote:

Ukraine should start preparing for the real invasion to come. If they believe the Russian troops are all along their border for “military exercises” then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell them.

Mar 22, 2014 5:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

Ukrainians now know that (ras)Putin is their worst enemy. Glory to the Heros. Death to the Occupiers.

Mar 22, 2014 6:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AJC1973 wrote:

@marisa70394 there is a difference between lost and gave up. Russia gave up Crimea…

Why do you not care about what the people of an autonomous republic Crimea want? they want to be part of russia, their leaders voted for it, their people voted for it… why do you not like democracy?

Mar 22, 2014 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimbobEire wrote:

I Don’t understand how the political leaders in this situation do not realise the badness of themselves and the destructive repercussions their leadership actions could cause. Does none of their advisors recommend them to read the comments section of any published article related to this matter and see just how contradictory they act compared to what people of the world think and want(assuming posters here and elsewhere represent people of the world). Why cant there be a stand up against it. All “internet poster people”……… unite and protest against the political leaders. They have to listen. Create NGOposters.com and start A new WORLD ORDER. One without this bullshit, and without wars. Create a society for the people of the world, not for the political leaders of the world. Political leadership should be scrapped.

Mar 22, 2014 8:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KenHorst wrote:

Good job Russia.

Mar 22, 2014 9:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sensi wrote:

@ Fric wrote:
“Yeltsin, a US installed alcoholic puppet gave, in one of his drunken episodes, Crimea to Ukraine as s gift.”

Hmm, not at all, Crimea was transferred from Russia to Ukraine in 1954 by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet… I don’t know where you invented your fairy tale with Yeltsin…

Mar 22, 2014 10:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Geus.ru wrote:

You can find “Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found” at WorldObserverOnline (11/9/2012). What is the difference between Britain and Russia? All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others?

Mar 23, 2014 5:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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