"Under the influence of Western countries, there are open acts of terror and violence," Churkin quoted the letter from Yanukovich to Putin in the third emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. "People are being persecuted for language and political reasons," Churkin read. ”So in this regard I would call on the President of Russia, Mr. Putin, asking him to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability and defending the people of Ukraine."
"Developments in and around Ukraine are seen to constitute a threat to neighboring allied countries and having direct and serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area," Rasmussen stated.He also added, "Under article 4 of the (North Atlantic) Treaty, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened."
According to NATO, Rasmussen has also contacted the Russian ambassador to the alliance in order to propose "an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday."
Retired CIA officer Ray McGovern: USA 'plotted, abetted' the ouster of Ukraine's elected President - with video ~ link ~ “Never before in my 50 years in Washington has it been so clear that the United States has plotted, has aided and abetted and tried to put in the new premier or the new prime minister of the Ukraine,” said Ray McGovern. “We have an intercepted telephone conversation” between the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, and Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, that confirms Washington’s role in Ukraine, McGovern told Press TV on Monday.
The intercepted phone call between Nuland and Pyatt was made in January. Moscow’s intelligence apparatus was allegedly involved with the leaked recording of the conversation.
McGovern said that the crisis in Ukraine will not be solved by the likes of US Secretary of State John Kerry or the “puppet regime” installed in Ukraine.
Ukraine has been gripped by unrest since November 2013, when now-ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
Washington's hubris, evil set the stage for war ~ link ~
The “puppet” politicians who Washington intended to put in charge of Ukraine have lost control to organized and armed “neo-nazis,” who are attacking Jews, Russians, and intimidating Ukrainian politicians. The government of Crimea, a Russian province that Khrushchev transferred to the Ukraine Soviet Republic in the 1950s, has disavowed the “illegitimate” government that “illegally” seized power in Kiev and requested Russian protection. The Ukrainian military forces in Crimea have gone over to Russia. The Russian government has announced that it will also protect the former Russian provinces in eastern Ukraine as well.
Russian Foreign Minister: Kerry's threats vs Russia are unacceptable ~ link ~ The Russian Foreign Ministry has said “unacceptable threats” by US Secretary of State John Kerry over Crimea failed to take into account the violent power seizure in Kiev carried out by radicals.In the statement released Monday, the ministry said Kerry’s “Cold War” rhetoric would do nothing to punish “radical extremists” who carried out the coup, but rather sought to put the focus on Russia. It was also critical of the G7’s decision to suspend preparations for the upcoming G8 summit in Sochi, saying the move was unjustified.
The Foreign Ministry accused Washington and its allies of turning a blind eye to the excesses of what it called militant, Russophobic and anti-Semitic forces operating on Kiev’s central Independence Square, which pushed for the ouster of Ukraine’s embattled President Viktor Yanukovych last month.
Arms and 400 kilos of explosives seized from Kiev radicals on the Crimean border ~ link ~ The self-defense forces guarding the borders of the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea have prevented a large amount of firearms and explosives from being smuggled into the republic by Kiev radicals.
The Cossacks and Berkut troops at the road checkpoint in the Crimean peninsula have confiscated explosives equivalent to 400 kilograms of TNT as well as grenades, rifles and guns, Russia-1 TV channel reports.
12 Videos showing why southeast Ukrainians fear and stand up to radical nationalists - videos ~ link
Ukraine: One 'Regime Change' Too Many? ~ link ~ Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative “regime changers” of Official Washington and their sophomoric “responsibility-to-protect” (R2P) allies in the Obama administration? Have they dangerously over-reached by pushing the putsch that removed duly-elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has given an unmistakable “yes” to those questions – in deeds, not words. His message is clear: “Back off our near-frontier!”
Mayor of Estonian capital of Tallinn: Ukraine's self-proclaimed government is illegitimate ~ link ~ The self-declared Kiev authorities cannot solve any political problems and “lack both credentials and power” in the crisis-torn country, said the mayor of the Estonian capital of Tallinn. “The self-proclaimed Ukrainian government was put into power by people with baseball bats,” Edgar Savisaar told Postimees newspaper. “It lacks both credentials and the capacity to solve the crisis in the country.”
According to him, the situation in Ukraine will begin stabilizing only after it “has a legitimate, democratically elected government at the helm.” “Only after elementary public order is restored in Kiev and western Ukraine, we can start discussing the issue of providing the country with foreign aid, be it from the EU, US, Asia or from all sources simultaneously,” Savisaar said.
According to the mayor, the current government which is under the influence of radicals lacks the power to even hold free elections in the country – let alone solve other significant questions which are put in front of the nation's self-declared officials.
The Damn Fool in the White House ~ link ~ Washington and Israel partner in regional adventurism. Do Obama and Netanyahu want war on Lebanon? Are they planning regional conflict? Will Iran be targeted? Will US-orchestrated Venezuelan violence continue? Will other nations be targeted for regime change? The damn fool in the White House risks global war. Ukraine is a major flashpoint. Conditions today are the most dangerous since the 1962 missiles of October crisis.
Ukraine turmoil - RT Live Updates ~ link
Russian armed forces massing on northern border near Kiev ~ link ~ Gordonua.com, a web news site maintained by the editor of Gordon Boulevard, says they have a report from a local resident that at the border post of Senkova in Chernihiv Region, there are a lot of Russian APCs and buses with soldiers concentrated on the Russian side of the border.
Russian military are telling reporters today that they are “on a Western Front training exercise” at this location, about 190 kilometers from Kiev where the Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian borders come together. Earlier this week, 150,000 Russian troops were suddenly put on a combat readiness training. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the maneuvers were not related to events in Ukraine.
Maidan far-right leader still at large after being charged with prosecutor assault ~ link ~ Far-right leader Aleksandr Muzychko is facing up to five years in prison for assaulting a prosecutor in western Ukraine. However, he’s still at large because authorities fear the radical nationalist, who usually carries an AK-47 with him.
The criminal case against Muzychko has been launched in accordance with the article of “intentional infliction of battery to a law enforcement official,” the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Up to ten years jail for dual citizenship: Ukrainian Coup
Government's bill targets tens of thousands ~ link ~ Gee I guess this doesn't apply to the two billionaires appointed as governors of western Ukraine regions, at least one has dual Israeli-Ukraine citizenship; I wonder if the Jewish central banker that has been appointed the Prime Minister of the Coup Government has dual Israeli-Ukraine citizenship? Stirling
Hundreds of rusting tanks abandoned in secret Ukrainian depot ~ link ~ It is possible, that the Ukrainian Armed Forces will mount a coup itself and prevent an armed clash with Russia. Pray for Peace!!! Stirling
Poland sends Army elements to Ukraine border ~ link ~ Polish forces are reportedly redeploying towards the Ukrainian border. Officials deny any connection. The movements were noted in the north and south of the country. Poland confirms military movement but says part of regular exercise not connected to Ukrainian situation.
The Crisis in the Ukraine ~ link ~ The crisis that has erupted in Ukraine following the right-wing coup engineered by the United States and Germany and the intervention of Russia into Crimea has created the most dangerous international confrontation since the end of World War II. Almost overnight, in a manner not seen since the 1930s, ultimatums are being issued and military forces are being placed on high alert in Europe.
Americans Be Warned: Stock Up on Supplies NOW Before It's Too Late ~ link ~ Good advice...do it!!! Stirling
Russia and China 'In Agreement' over Ukraine ~ link
China fields new Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missile (IRBM) - DF-26C deployment confirmed ~ link ~ As we head into WWIII, remember that there will be multiple war theaters located all over the planet!!! Stirling
Slow boat to China from Crimea ~ link ~ The 2nd Ukrainian Zubr LCAC purchased by the China Navy has left port of Feodosiya and on its way to China
Watch the Other Hand: Events in Ukraine are a Misdirection ~ link ~ I think that this article makes some very good points, but I do believe that everything that is currently happening in global finance/economy and the geo-strategic situation is interlinked and that interlinkedness goes well beyond the collapse of the US dollar. Stirling