Pro-Russian Gunmen Seize Ukraine Crimean Parliament; Russia Puts Jets On High Alert; Hryvnia In Record Plunge

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All those clips we showed in the past few days of Russian forces amassing in the Crimean (such as this one)? Well, turns out they were all predictive of what has just happened in the Crimean region parliament at Simferopol, where around 120 pro-Russian Gunmen occupied the parliament building and raised the Russian flag. The scene was the site of Wednesday’s scuffles between Tatar groups and pro-Russian supporters. As Euronews reports, local Tatar leader Refat Chubarov posted that the buildings have been occupied by men in uniforms bearing “no recognisable insignia.” Kyiv says it would regard any movements by Russian military in Crimea outside Moscow’s Black Sea Base in Sevastopol as an act of aggression. Following the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych divisions in Ukraine have come to the fore. All this happens as Russian troops in the area are building up and at the same time as Russia put fighter jets on combat alert, according to Interfax.

The Russian flag flies atop the parliament building:

Euronews clarifies that the 120 men that seized Crimea parliament "have enough weapons to defend [the buildings] for a month" according an MP quoted by Interfax agency. Former Crimean Prime Minister and UDAR MP Serhiy Kunitsyn said to the agency that he spent all the night in contact with the armed group, "These professionally trained people are armed. They brought weapons - automatic weapons, grenade launchers, and machine guns," he said, while speaking from the Ukraine parliament on Thursday.

According to Bloomberg, the group is allowing deputies to enter the legislature in the city of Simferopol for a possible vote on the status of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Center of Journalist Research said. Ukraine prosecutors began a terrorism probe. .

“Provocateurs are on the march,” Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook Inc. page as police cordoned off the block around parliament. “It’s time for cool heads, the consolidation of healthy forces and precise actions.”

At the same time Ukraine's Foreign Ministry summoned Russia's acting envoy in Kiev for immediate consultations.

"I am appealing to the military leadership of the Russian Black Sea fleet," said Olexander Turchinov, acting president since the removal of Viktor Yanukovich last week. "Any military movements, the more so if they are with weapons, beyond the boundaries of this territory (the base) will be seen by us as military aggression

Reports Reuters:

There were mixed signals from Moscow, which put fighter jets along its western borders on combat alert, but earlier said it would take part in discussions on an International Monetary Fund (IMF) financial package for Ukraine. Ukraine has said it needs $35 billion over the next two years to stave off bankruptcy. The fear of military escalation prompted expressions of concern from the West, with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urging Russia not to do anything that would "escalate tension or create misunderstanding".


Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski called the seizure of government buildings in the Crimea a "very dangerous game". "This is a drastic step, and I'm warning those who did this and those who allowed them to do this, because this is how regional conflicts begin," he told a news conference.


It was not immediately known who was occupying the buildings in the regional capital Simferopol and they issued no demands, but witnesses said they spoke Russian and appeared to be ethnic Russian separatists.


Interfax news agency quoted a witness as saying there were about 60 people inside and they had many weapons. It said no one had been hurt when the buildings were seized in the early hours by Russian speakers in uniforms that did not carry identification markings.


"We were building barricades in the night to protect parliament. Then this young Russian guy came up with a pistol ... we all lay down, some more ran up, there was some shooting and around 50 went in through the window," Leonid Khazanov, an ethnic Russian, told Reuters. "They're still there ... Then the police came, they seemed scared. I asked them (the armed men) what they wanted, and they said 'To make our own decisions, not to have Kiev telling us what to do'," said Khazanov.


About 100 police were gathered in front of the parliament building, and a similar number of people carrying Russian flags later marched up to the building chanting "Russia, Russia" and holding a sign calling for a Crimean referendum. One of them, Alexei, 30, said: "We have our own constitution, Crimea is autonomous. The government in Kiev are fascists, and what they're doing is illegal ... We need to show our support for the guys inside (parliament). Power should be ours."a

As a reminder, so far Putin has been silent on his views about the sovereignty of the Crimean region which is host to the critical Russian Sevastopol naval base. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ignored calls by some ethnic Russians in Crimea to reclaim the territory handed to then Soviet Ukraine by Soviet Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. The United States says any Russian military action would be a grave mistake. But Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement that Moscow would defend the rights of its compatriots and react without compromise to any violation of those rights.

Russian Lenta, citing the Crimean information agency, reports that the Crimean deputees have begun a referendum on the status of the Crimean autonomy, which is not quite a secession. Yet.

Elsewhere, Ukraine's deposed president, who as we reported first some time ago had fled to Russia, reappeared, as expected in Russia, and claimed legitimacy to his post saying the Ukraine's "mob" actions were illegal . From Reuters:

Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich said on Thursday he was still the legitimate president of his country and that people in its southeastern and southern regions would never accept the "lawlessness" brought by leaders chosen by a mob. Russian news agencies quoted a statement by Yanukovich as saying he had asked Moscow to guarantee his personal safety.


The statement could not be independently verified and it was not clear where Yanukovich was, although some media groups have suggested he is in Moscow after fleeing Ukraine, where he was toppled by opposition forces at the weekend.


Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said he had no information and could not comment on the statement.


"I, Viktor Fedorovich Yanukovich appeal to the people of Ukraine. As before I still consider myself to be the lawful head of the Ukrainian state, chosen freely by the will of the Ukrainian people," he was quoted as saying.


"Now it is becoming clear that the people in southeastern Ukraine and in Crimea do not accept the power vacuum and complete lawlessness in the country, when the heads of ministries are appointed by the mob."


"On the streets of many cities of our country there is an orgy of extremism," he said, adding that he and his closest aides had been threatened physically.


"I have to ask the Russian authorities to provide me with personal safety from the actions of extremists."


Russian television showed what it said was a copy of the statement.


Interfax news agency quoted a source in the authorities as saying Moscow would ensure Yanukovich's safety on the Russian territory.


"In connection with the appeal by president Yanukovich for his personal security to be guaranteed, I report that the request has been granted on the territory of the Russian Federation," the source was quoted as saying.

And just to make sure tensions reach a fever pitch, Interfax reported a few hours ago that Russian fighter jets along the Western Border were put on high alert:

The crews of fighter jets deployed in Russia's Western Military Districts have been placed on high alert as part of surprise combat drills ordered by Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said.


"Our fighter jets are constantly patrolling the airspace over border districts," the ministry said in a press release, seen by Interfax-AVN on Thursday. "As soon as they were put on high alert, aviation units of the Western Military District redeployed to their operative air fields," it said.


At the moment, "the district's bombers are tackling combat training tasks targeting an imaginary adversary at aviation training ranges," the ministry said.

Not surprisingly, the Ukraine economy, already in critical condition, is shutting down and the Hryvnia is imploding: Ukraine’s currency weakened 10.3 percent to 11.2 per dollar at 12:21 p.m. in Kiev, the lowest level since it was introduced in 1996, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The central bank imposed capital controls this month to stem its decline.

Finally, the story in pictures as reported by Euronews:

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Zadok's picture

Not surprising...

Headbanger's picture

And of course they're Russian troops or whatever the KGB is called these days.

And we better stay the fuck out of there!


Is this the Black Swan??

GetZeeGold's picture



Been away so long I hardly knew the place
Gee, it's good to be back home
Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case
Honey, disconnect the phone

I'm back in the USSR

Headbanger's picture

I have to say I like the idea of carrying a baton in a boot scabbard as the woman (?) officer on the far right is doing near the end of the above video.

Hopefully it twist locks in place to prevent an attacker from taking it easily.

Oh regional Indian's picture

War i sunnatural.

Else we'd see herds/schools/prides regualry indulge in mass kill-offs.

The fact that this not happen in nature tells us that ALL such conflict is manufactured.

Starve the beast, don't fight it till it shows it's underbelly.


Truthseeker2's picture

"With Putin at the helm, Russia is now quite likely to plot a much more aggressive course of action.  He maintains the posture of a Zen warrior who knows how to wield his samurai sword when necessary.  Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, he also likes a great game of chess.  It is on this regional geo-political chessboard of eastern Asia that his largely Anglo-American opponents will face formidable challenges in the very near future.  Just as the Russia Empire and the British Empire squared off against each other seeking supremacy in Central Asia during the first half of the 19th century."


Arius's picture

this is VERY DANGEROUS !!! 

if succesful it will spread like wildfire throughout the former Soviet Union, with all the fake borders and reunite minorities with their home countries .... then continue into the Balkans, Middle East, and it will culminate most probably in western hemisfere ... hopefully America will be safe, but if this SEPARATIST MOVEMENT is succesful all bets are off

Not sure if the Russians in Sevastopol know what they are playing with, or if they care really ...


kaiserhoff's picture

As one comment said last night, "they are buying another Chechnya,"

but one much easier armed from the outside, in which all manner of thugs and cut throats can play.

Manthong's picture

“react without compromise”

A few folks over there are going to learn the meaning of that term the hard way.

dontgoforit's picture

obama told Putin, "I'll have more flexibility after the election."  Well, do you feel flexible, punk?  Well, do 'ya?  Usurpation.  Sheeple, stay armed and ready.

Joe Davola's picture

We don't call them troops or even the Foreign Legion anymore, they're Independant Contractors these days.

kaiserhoff's picture

and they don't work for K-rations and cigarettes.  Check Bezos Propaganda Arm aka WAPO.

The going rate is about $150,000..., of course if your ass is blown away, they never heard of you.

gmrpeabody's picture

The Ukraine girls really knock me out...

kaiserhoff's picture

Damn straight, Pea.

Bavarian farm stock from the old country, mostly, but they got something right.

semperfidelis's picture

As a silver bug I welcome this announcement :)

Let the games begin

The armored Olympics 2.0, the next edition after Kurks, now with millions of dead

Liquid Courage's picture

They leave the west behind ?!?!?!?


Unintentional, of course. Sir Paul back then was just picking names off a map and making funny rhymes, but then, all these years later ...

kaiserhoff's picture

Yes, the multifaceted joys of limited war in the Crimea.

You would think the Russians and the Brits, at least, would no better.

Much like Afghanistan, it is a traditional killing field, which no one holds for long.  When will they ever learn?

BandGap's picture

Charge of the Light Brigade


kaiserhoff's picture

cannon to left of them, cannon to right of them,

cannon in front of them volleyed and thundered,

through the gates of hell, into the valley of death, rode the six hundred.

   Sounds like Kipling, but it's the best thing Alfred Lord Tennyson ever did.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Let's be real here, "our mess at home" is far to large to clean up. We have played Dictator of the world for far too long. DC believes they are the only super-power & that they can dictate to the rest of the world how they are supposed to conduct their nations & how their people are to believe.
After all, DC continually claims we occupy/invade other countries to "protect our interests & further our values".

The only way that the world is going to see these UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. as not being their enemy & seeing that the true enemy is DC, is for We The People to rise up against this Criminally corrupt, illegitimate government & take back OUR REPUBLIC.

As long as we continue to pay taxes, being the financiers of DC & doing absolutely NOTHING to stop all this madness, we will be seen as the enemy, because all the crimes DC is committing worldwide are done in OUR NAME.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct, nothing changes until the governed remove their consent, period.

Double.Eagle.Gold's picture

<-- Post courtesy of CIA

<-- Red state protestor, not long for this world

elwind45's picture

Nato is done. The one thing the alliance was sold on is containing Russia and not protecting poppies? ZEN WARRIOR or willing to protect self interest neither concept is world shattering? The Ukraine is much more important to the Russians then a couple of posturing Belgian imagine. Lessons will now begin!

johnQpublic's picture

great squirrel vs chipmunk war of 1837

23 milion casualties

7 million refugees

11 million displaced or homeless

i'll down arrow myself to save you time

Arius's picture

this is VERY DANGEROUS !!! 

if succesful it will spread like wildfire throughout the former Soviet Union, with all the fake borders and reunite minorities with their home countries .... then continue into the Balkans, Middle East, and it will culminate most probably in western hemisfere ... hopefully America will be safe, but if this SEPARATIST MOVEMENT is succesful all bets are off

Not sure if the Russians in Sevastopol know what they are playing with, or if they care really ...


LawsofPhysics's picture

The "status quo" varies, depending were you are.  America and the west can do nothing, as the Russians have similar strike capabilities in the air and better strike capability on the ground.

I am sure NATO will "fart in their general direction", but that is about all they can do.

HyBrasilian's picture

The Rothschild's will be up to their eyeballs setting up central banks...

Manthong's picture

Kerry and Obama..

moose and squirrel.

11b40's picture

Similar to Syria, in that the US has no real leverage when push comes to shove.

Devotional's picture

Honey: Ok honey-buns, I will stay in the USSA with the CIA, NSA, TSA and the postman too. Mwaaaaah!

GetZeeGold's picture



Compared to the USSR.....the USSA is like keystone cops.


Like anyone in the Ukraine would stand for a lockdown of an entire city to search for one lone bomber.

DaddyO's picture

What the people of Ukraine are being put through is absolutely horrible.  They are caught in the middle of a massive tug of war between the East and the West, and they are paying a great price for it.  Ultimately, Ukraine will end up either being dominated by Russia (a bad outcome) or by the EU and the United States (another bad outcome).

Saw this as I perused the blogs this morning.


GetZeeGold's picture



What the people of Ukraine are being put through is absolutely horrible.


I'm sure you meant to say......again.


Americans might want to take note of this crap....just sayin. Yes we can?

johnQpublic's picture

i guess i was wrong, because this is not where i thought world war three would start

dontgoforit's picture

barack, susan, and john will stand down - let the Soviet reconstitute - that was their plan all along.  that's why barack is the manchurian candidate

gmrpeabody's picture

May have to postpone elections in USA until this situation blows over...

DaddyO's picture

Destabilizing many of the world .govs is underway!

The ME is a wreck, Argentina and Venezuela are in turmoil and pressure is being exerted on Brazil.

Now the Ukraine is being tossed, who's next?

This summer may see the USSA and the EU start to get tossed as well.

Look what is happening in Turkey.

Can you say NWO and a push towards a one world .gov?


pods's picture

This could very well be (created)problem-reaction-solution.

No doubt there are valid issues between people living in made up country borders. Clans run thick in most areas.  

A lot of this probably has to do with resources that cannot be conjured out of nothing.

No doubt the bankers will make out when all is said and done. They always do.


john39's picture

bankers are not calling the shots at the top.  this is war for (or against) the future of human kind.  bankers are tools, used to put whole populations under great pressure.  just one method use to break people's will to fight back.   there are clerics at the top this, so long hidden that modern man no longer believes that they even exist.

pods's picture

Here we go again. 

So if the "clerics" were to have their chief source of power removed, fractional reserve banking and the ability to conjure credit money out of thin air, would that not do the same thing as searching through various occult images to decipher the clues to actually find out who they are?

And if we were to find them and destroy them, is not fractional reserve banking a crime against humanity?

Could be a Luciferian cleric at the top, could be some unassuming Guatemalan lady.  Remove their source of power, they become powerless.


john39's picture

could be... but i suspect that you will not have much luck with the bankers until the real source of power is dealt with.  but i would not be in a position to know that.

DaddyO's picture

Somewhere I read that we wrestle not against flesh and blood...

Does that mean we all go hole up in a monastery and pray until things change at the top or Armegeddon comes?

I think I'll continue to stay abreast of who is doing what to whom in the earthly realm while I continue to pray against this Luciferian Cleric that you refer to.



john39's picture

can't argue with that logic, all bases covered.

pods's picture

The real source of power IS the bankers.  If money can buy power, and you can print money, you can print power.

What is the great satan chief gonna do, put a hex on me?  

Money talks and bullshit walks.  These people have power because they suck money off of everyone through fractional reserve banking.


john39's picture

dunno Pods.  I think that there is a lot more going here than meets the eye. there are different types of power, but we have been brainwashed to forget that, most of us anyway.  but no point in arguing about it.  not everyone needs to look down the rabbit hole, and doing so is not without its dangers.

UrbanMiner's picture


The 'Bankers' are only Bankers because the profession of banking is the leverage point of modern society; The creation and control of money is a gratuitous illusion, enabled solely by the psychological mastery of the Grand Chief of the Black Lodge. Atop the world is indeed a group of 'Magicians' who have the knowledge with which to conjure entities from the subterranean depths of the Earth, entities which provide a road-map of control based in and upon their infernal powers of timeless cognition. These Sabbatean High Priests carry the ancient secret of Babylonian ritual, remnants of the wizardry which destroyed Atlantis, possessing meanwhile the keys to human psychological mastery such that we are as lemmings to their manipulations, both spiritually (astral influence) and physically (media control).

There is a hidden power so secret and powerful that non dare whisper against it....yet is has been hidden and forgotten by design, such that modern man is impotent against it.

kridkrid's picture

World War III started 12.5 years ago with a "Pearl Harbor" moment.

johnQpublic's picture

you also could argue it started with the first gulf war, or the russian invasion of afghanistan


i believe i read somewhere at one point the bible says it takes 27 years for the last war to kick off

could have been one of the prognosticators who said that though