Putin calls U.S. bluff: Russia’s Senate approves use of military force in Ukraine

March 2014SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine As Russian-backed armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Saturday, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia requested —and received — authorization from the Russian Senate to use military force in Ukraine. The actions signaled publicly for the first time the Kremlin’s readiness to intervene militarily in Ukraine, and it served as a blunt response to President Obama, who just hours earlier pointedly warned Russia to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty. Within hours after receiving Mr. Putin’s request, Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, voted to approve it, after a debate that warned of the apocalyptic consequences of failing to stop a fascist threat from spreading to Russia’s borders. The lawmaker’s direct considerable fury at President Obama and others in the West they accused of fomenting the upheaval in Ukraine. The vote was unanimous among the 90 members present for the debate, and it was clear that forces allied with Moscow were largely in control of the disputed peninsula. The region’s two main airports were closed, with civilian flights canceled, and were guarded by heavily armed men in military uniforms. Similar forces surrounded the regional Parliament building and the rest of the government complex in downtown Simferopol, the Crimean capital, as well as numerous other strategic locations, including communication hubs and a main bus station.
At the entrance to Balaklva, site of Ukrainian customs and border post near Sevastopol, the road was blocked by a long column of military vehicles bearing Russian license plates. The column, comprising 10 troops trucks with 30 soldiers in each, two military ambulances and five armored vehicles, was not moving. Troops, wearing masks and carrying automatic rifles, stood on the road keeping people away. Some 60 locals, all apparently ethnic Russians, were gathered in a nearby square waving Russian flags and shouting “Russia, Russia.” Just a few hours earlier on Saturday, the newly installed, pro-Russia prime minister of Crimea had declared that he was in sole control of the military and the police in the peninsula and he appealed to Mr. Putin for help in safeguarding the region. The prime minister, Sergei Aksyonov, also said a public referendum on independence would be held on March 30. On a day of frayed nerves and set-piece political appeals that recalled ethnic conflicts of past decades in the former Soviet bloc — from the Balkans to the Caucasus — pro-Russian forces were said to have taken control of a government building in Kharkiv, and a crowd in the center of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine and pulled down the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag and raised a Russian one. On Friday, officials in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev had accused Russian armed forces of invading Crimea and violating Ukraine’s sovereign territory, and President Obama pointedly warned Russia against military intervention. On Saturday, officials in Kiev reiterated their objections but, for the moment, seemed otherwise powerless. There was no immediate new comment from Washington, where officials seem to have very limited options in responding to Russian military intervention in Ukraine. –NY Times
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7 Responses to Putin calls U.S. bluff: Russia’s Senate approves use of military force in Ukraine

  1. Irene C says:

    I read this today.


    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s upper house of parliament will ask President Vladimir Putin to recall Moscow’s ambassador from the United States, the chamber’s speaker said on Saturday.

    Valentina Matviyenko, the head of the Federation Council, asked the Council’s Committee on Foreign Affairs to draw up a proposal setting out the demands to Putin.

    Things are heating up fast.

  2. Joseph Sonny Skies says:

    Let’s remember…It was not all that long ago that Obama and Putin had an “open mike ” time where Obama stated that he will have more leverage when he wins his second term…Something strange going on here!

  3. Robert Gregory says:

    how about more on fukushima and wipp?

    Latest Headlines from ENENews

  4. JACMD says:

    Hi Alvin,

    To be honest, when we go for these long stretches without updates from you, most of us worry about you. Are you all right? So much is going wrong in the world on every level. You are a calming voice of reason. We need to hear that voice. Especially after the quickening events of this past week. May God grant to you His peace and protection, Amen.


    • Utopia: the Collapse says:


      I’m okay. You’re so kind to express such sentiments. Thanks for the prayers, and thoughtful concerns.

      • Dave Neff says:

        I would like to second Jennifer’s thoughts. We all have vacations and other stuff but with Business leaders ‘committing suicide’, a person does wonder is maybe someone decided to silence you Alvin since neither the protocol link or this one had a comment for so long. Scary times we live in.

      • Irene C says:

        I have to second Jennifer’s and Dave’s comments. We know that you’ve been busy, but we do worry about you when it’s been awhile since we’ve heard from you. Just a natural reaction from people who care. 🙂

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