Ukraine conceding defeat over Crimea with military withdrawal

Ukraine plans to pull its troops out of Crimea in what is effectively a de facto acceptance of Russia's annexation of the province.

The move comes after pro-Russian forces seized Ukraine's naval headquarters in Sevastopol yesterday and detained the base's commander.

Ukraine will now fortify its eastern border with Russia, which has apparently been massing forces nearby and has said it reserves the right to protect the Russian population in Ukraine.

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  • King Rat
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    While the West can afford to make thousands of red lines that Putin jumps over like cracks in sidewalk, Ukraine cannot hope to resist Russia alone.


    Advice to Ukraine: 150 years ago France went into Crimea to fight Russia and lost nearly 1/4 of its troops. Then in the 20th Century the West remembered and so abandoned you twice when two chances existed to free you from the Soviet Union. In other words, since you're on your own you may as well do what you need to do to survive.
    20 Mar 2014, 05:55 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    The Root of this between Moscow & Kiev is simple as Greek orthodox & Roman Catholic.Goes back 2000 years.
    20 Mar 2014, 07:17 AM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    The root is that in February the elected government in Kiev was violently overthrown by a well-organized mob, a mob loaded with neo-Nazi Svoboda extremists, killed policemen, and made threats against the Russian population; legislation was even passed taking away Russian language rights. Such was Russia's reward for transferring the essentially Russian Crimea to Ukraine in 1954.


    It was time for Putin to do something.
    20 Mar 2014, 07:54 AM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    yeap. well said. theres about as much difference between em too.
    20 Mar 2014, 08:42 AM Reply Like
  • IC2
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    Never saw that least not so fast. Putin popularity among Russians will sky rocket, a dose of USSR nationalism will prevail, and a once more strong Russia will emerge.....Maybe that's not a bad thing after all. World balance is a good thing.
    20 Mar 2014, 07:48 AM Reply Like
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