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Ukraine accuses Russian soldiers of seizing airports

  • Armed Russian soldiers have taken over two important airports in Crimea, Ukraine's acting interior minister has said, adding that the actions are an "armed invasion and occupation." The airports are in Sevastopol, where Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based, and in the Crimean capital of Simferopol.
  • The developments come just a day after gunmen seized government buildings in the region.
  • Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has ended his silence over the events in Ukraine, saying Russia will "continue contacts with partners in Kiev” and work with international bodies to offer financial help. Putin made no mention of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych, who has apparently received Russian protection, nor of the situation in Crimea.
  • The USD-UAH is -0.4% to 11.21 Ukrainian Hryvnia.
  • WTI Crude is -0.4%, while Brent is -0.2%.
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  • Update: Russia has denied that its troops have seized Belbek Airport in Sevastopol.
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Comments (26)
  • justaminute
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    And so the propaganda begins.
    28 Feb, 03:46 AM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    We're witnessing an old USSR action to seize territory. With such weakness as Obama presents to the world, is this any surprise? China is watching closely.
    28 Feb, 06:28 AM Reply Like
  • Bouchart
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    Does not the EU also have responsibility? Granted, nobody expects much of anything from them...
    28 Feb, 08:25 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    LOL.

     

    I can pretty much guarantee that the same thing would be happening if St. Reagan were sitting in the White House... and he too would know that there really isn't anything the US could do about it.

     

    But keep up the good work. I'm sure you'll get lots more up-votes.
    28 Feb, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    You can't say that, Tricky. Reagan dismantled the USSR and rendered them impotent. Now we have in impotent president allowing them to reconstruct.
    28 Feb, 10:16 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    I invite you to look at userwcSX's comment just below and take up his challenge. Please specify exactly what St. Reagan would do that would actually stop Putin (and the residents of the Crimean peninsula who are 60% Russian) from doing what they are doing.

     

    *starting the popcorn*
    1 Mar, 08:53 AM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Well, for one, I know he would not be gutting the military. A strong offense is a strong deterrent. Add to that that Obama is a spineless coward and both China and Russia know it and you have a recipe for increased aggression by other world powers.
    1 Mar, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    So a stronger US military would stop Russia from invading Ukraine right now, is that what you are contending? What specifically would our stronger military *credibly* threaten Putin with, and what exactly would it do if Putin called this stronger military's bluff?

     

    Or is "Obama sucks" the full extent of your thesis?
    1 Mar, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Oh, and Russia invaded Georgia when Bush was POTUS... before Obama had a chance to "gut the US military" (whose current budget is still bigger than the next 15 biggest spenders put together), but please do carry on. It's very entertaining.
    1 Mar, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Putin was the guy 0bama pledged to be more flexible with after the election. You are seeing his flexibility in action.

     

    Kerry, and by extension 0bama, declared the Monroe doctrine obsolete. Russia is expanding with permanent military presence in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

     

    Putin can smell a spineless wimp thousands of miles away, and the stench of 0bama is quite strong.

     

    But, please carry on, your defense of the "weak" one is quite entertaining.
    1 Mar, 05:43 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    I noticed you didn't address Russia's invasion of Georgia under the mighty W?

     

    I am not so much defending Obama (I have no particular emotion for him, bad or good). I'm just laughing at the stereotypical Seeking Alpha comments on a subject they know absolutely nothing about.

     

    Russia would invade Ukraine in these kinds of circumstances, no matter who the POTUS is. Why? It's WAY too important to them. You obviously know nothing about the intertwined history of these two countries. Sebastapol is crucially important to the Russian navy, it's the only warm water port Russia has! Having a warm water port has been Russia's biggest military obsession its entire history as a nation-state. Sebastapol may be more important to Russia than San Diego and Pearl Harbor are to the US, put together. Did you really think they weren't going to secure it? Really? I'm not "excusing" what they're doing. I'm just pointing out the predictability of the realpolitik.

     

    Why did the USSR blink over the Cuban missile crisis? Because they knew it was more important to us than it was to them, and we'd go to the mat over it. Ukraine is simply role reversal.

     

    And Reagan would do... what exactly, if he were POTUS right now? Still waiting on an answer to that one. And "Putin wouldn't do it if Reagan were POTUS" is simply ignorant.

     

    Can't even arm the populace (a la Pakistan during USSR invasion of Afghanistan). Want to know why? I will repeat -- the population of the Crimean Peninsula is 60% Russian. Who exactly would you arm and not arm, picking out "the good guys" would be practically impossible.

     

    Reagan wouldn't do poop because there is nothing he could have done about it... and both sides know it.
    1 Mar, 06:11 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    I'm not a W fan. I'm addressing the short-commings of the current regime. Not Bush, not Reagan. Not even Carter. I live in today's world and look at what the future may hold. But I understand we have come to the point we are under the current president, and not just in the Ukraine, because 0bama has no stature in the world and is seen as a clown and is quite frankly is a wuss.

     

    Instability in N. Africa, Russians moving into Central America, China advancing in the Pacific and Africa, more destabilization in the Middle East and folding the tent on the US military does not bode well for America in the near term future.

     

    But, go ahead, I've got some nachos ready to enjoy while I read the rest of your commentary.
    1 Mar, 06:42 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    I would say that we're in agreement that the relative military power of the US is waning. And I'm not here to defend Obama, really am not. I just think there's a lot that plays into that... but that's a WAY longer geopolitical/macroecon... tangent that's well outside the topic of this SA news item and I really don't have the appetite ;-)

     

    I am merely speaking to the oft-stated declaration (in the multiple Ukraine topics over the last few days) that "Putin wouldn't dare invade Ukraine if [pick your favorite non-wimpy former POTUS] were in office". That particular declaration is just wrong.
    1 Mar, 07:27 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Putin will invade Ukraine if it pleases him. What we are doing to our own political\military influence around the world is a real problem that will have to be reckoned with at some point in the future, probably at a much higher cost than anyone wants to admit. Most Americans could care less as long as the government hands them some "freebies" to keep them quite.

     

    Thanks for the spirited responses.
    1 Mar, 08:44 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Yep, was fun, cheers.
    1 Mar, 09:04 PM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    Russia will force a split in the Ukraine and effectively annex both the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.....yet another consequence of the global retreat of the US Regime and the willed impotence of Western Europe.
    28 Feb, 07:37 AM Reply Like
  • userwcSX
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    By all means, outline a military response (what divisions would we send, how they would get in, where the supply chain would go through, what air bases would provide cover, how much Russian g2a missile capabilities are by Sevastopol and loss estimates in establishing air superiority, a plan if the conflict escalates.... you get the idea) that would result in a different outcome. Otherwise, tough talk with nothing to back it up is the very definition of weakness and impotence.
    28 Feb, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    @userwcSX, yep. And please throw in the fact that nearly half the country's population, and the MAJORITY of people in the Crimean peninsula *support* the Russians.

     

    Not even his badass holiness, Ronald Reagan, would do ANYTHING about this. It's realpolitik. (you know, like when the US interferes with democratically elected governments in Iran and Central America, or violates Pakistan's sovereignty to kill OBL, but I digress).
    28 Feb, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • SoCalNative
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    Reagan left office 28 years ago. Settle down.
    28 Feb, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    @SoCalNative, indeed. It's human nature to empower dead saints with mythical powers.
    28 Feb, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    I look forward to reading the slew of ignorant comments from people who don't know anything about the history of this part of the world.

     

    But here, let me kick it off... "Obama sucks". There go you, Pavlov's bell has rung, you know what to do... LOL.
    28 Feb, 08:20 AM Reply Like
  • lrmoda
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    History is doomed to repeat itself and the Russian Bear won't be satisfied until Czar Putin controls all of the old Russian Empire. Anyone read Tom Clancy's last book. Yikes
    28 Feb, 08:40 AM Reply Like
  • userwcSX
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    Tom Clancy was delusional. Exhibit A: Debt of Honor
    28 Feb, 09:22 AM Reply Like
  • Mattster
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    If Mexico had a violent coup and armed groups were wrestling to take over its govt and military you can be damned sure the USA would be down there securing the border and important strategical sites as well. Now it is up to Putin to leave it in the hands of the people, as the USA would.
    28 Feb, 09:09 AM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Putin will not give up the Black Sea Port or the two main NG pipelines that feed into Europe.
    28 Feb, 04:22 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    So, where is the Ukrainian military?

     

    Dare to say that, while they were not willing to kill their own people, the military has always had very close ties to Russia, and they do not really support the new self-appointed "government" more that the last one.

     

    They will sit this one out, and hope nobody ends up getting hurt.

     

    28 Feb, 11:29 PM Reply Like
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