Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Invasion, Considers State Of Emergency After Masked Gunmen Occupy Two Crimean Airports

Tyler Durden's picture

The bizarre events in the Crimea continued overnight, after unidentified masked men but dressed like those who took over the parliament in Simferopol yesterday, took over two airports by blockading one near the Russian naval base in Sevastopol and another in the capital of Simferopol. This prompted the Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov, to accuse Moscow's military of blockading the airports, and in a Facebook post, he called the seizure of the Belbek international airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol a "military invasion and occupation." He added: "It is a breach of all international agreements and norms." As NBC reports, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian military sources as saying the incident at Belbek airport was intended to stop "fighters" flying in. However, Interfax later quoted a Russian official as saying that no units had approached the airport or blockaded it. In a nutshell, Russia continues to push with escalation ever further, and is testing just how far it can and will go without Ukraine responding.

Kyivpost has a more detailed account:

Two Crimean airports were taken over by Russian military troops, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook this morning. He said the situation in the autonomous republic has now escalated to “a military intervention” and called on the National Security Council to take urgent steps towards its regulation.

 

“My assessment of what's going on is that it's a military intervention and occupation in violation of all international agreements and norms,” he said in his statement. “This is a direct provocation of bloodshed on the territory of a sovereign state.”

 

Avakov said that Sevastopol's military airport Bilbek at night was blocked off by the military units of the Russian navy, which is based in Sevastopol. He said the airport is surrounded by camouflaged military troops with no identification and carrying guns. He said they do not hide their Russian affiliation.

 

Inside the airport there is a group of Ukrainian soldiers and border guards, and Ukrainian police troops have surrounded the outer perimeter of the airport. “There have been no armed clashes so far,” he said.

 

The navy base is Sevastopol is key for the Russian army. Under agreements signed between two countries in 2010, the Russian military can continue to use Sevastopol until 2042, with an option of extending the lease to 2047.

 

Some 70 kilometers away from the coast, in Crimean capital Simferopol, another airport was taken over by a group of about 100 plain-clothed men, who went inside the airport and onto the runway.

 

“The interior troops and police pushed these people first into the airport building, and then out of the territory. No weapons were used,” Avakov said.

 

He said that after the armed men left, a new group of camouflaged men arrived around 1:30 in the morning. They carried automatic weapons and had no markings. Avakov said they entered the building and stayed int he restaurant.

 

“They are not hiding their affiliation with the army of the Russian Federation,” Avakov said. “Told by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry workers that they are military men and have no right to be there, they answer curtly that they have no instructions to negotiate with you.”

 

Avakov said that so far there have been no clashes, but tension is growing as Ukrainian police troops continue to arrive. “The law enforcement organs cannot oppose the army,” Avakov concluded.

In the meantine, Ukraine is starting to realize that it may have bitten more than it can chew, and as Interfax reported:

  • UKRAINE WEIGHS STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CRIMEA: INTERFAX
  • RUSSIA BLACK SEA FLEET, HELICOPTERS BREAK UKRAINE ACCORDS: IFX

And the immediate re-escalation:

  • RUSSIAN BLACK SEA FLEET SETS UP BALACLAVA BLOCKADE: INTERFAX

Visually:

Yet none of this compares to today's main event when a t 5pm local time, in the Rostov-on-Don Technical University, deposed Ukraine president Yanukovich who is currently in Russia, is expected to hold a press conference. Missing since the beginning of the week, the ousted ukrainian president had fled the country to Russia in the latest days, either by car through the Donetsk region, either escorted by military planes, according to different reports.

We doubt anything he says will difuse the situation.

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laomei's picture

Please let this be WW3, the world needs a good shake up.

strongband's picture

You went full retard. Never go full retard.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

I would anticipate the bad behavior to build as time progresses.

Arius's picture

this spells TROUBLE for the whole world.

 

Ukraine will be to WARs what Greece was to FINANCIAL markets ... catastrophy ... Armaggeddon coming ... ready or not ...

 

 they will be sorry afterwards but it will be too late ... STATUS QUO is best !!!

Headbanger's picture

You're an idiot.  The status quo is what caused this mess you mook!

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

status quo is by definition balance.

ndotken's picture

If you like your airport ... you can keep your airport ... NOT!!

SWRichmond's picture

“They are not hiding their affiliation with the army of the Russian Federation,” Avakov said. “Told by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry workers that they are military men and have no right to be there, they answer curtly that they have no instructions to negotiate with you.”

 

This is a great line and should prove useful in the future.  "I have no instructions to negotiate with you".  After all, as the American neocons have so clearly demonstrated time and again, might makes right, and the best defense is a good offense.  We were hopeful, too hopeful, that some new norm of civilized behaviour would emerge, but the neocons are far too fond of killing and robbing.  So as it was, so shall it be.

Never let it be said that we are too old to learn, and accept things as they are.

superflex's picture

Looks like somebody alerted the media whores that the airport was about to be occupied.  These poor slobs in camo havent even had time to get out of their tranport truck and the media is on them.  Hell, they havent even had time to stick a magazine in their AK.  

Now, who do you think would do this?   Hmmmmmmm.

Yep, this smells of Putin /s

Ident 7777 economy's picture

they answer curtly that they have no instructions to negotiate with you.”

 

"This is a great line and should prove useful in the future."

 

GREAT LINE. Going to use it in the future.

 

Ayreos's picture

Status quo is by definition the current state of affairs, wether it's in balance or not. The economic and military "status quo" is in no way in balance, hence the recurring crisises and military engagements.

Calling for the status quo to end is in the premises of this site calling for a temporary period of chaos to produce a higher state of balance.

johnQpublic's picture

 in a Facebook post, he called the seizure of the Belbek international airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol

 

 in a Facebook post, he called the seizure of the Belbek international airport in the Black SWAN port of Sevastopol

 

there, fixed it for ya

 

and are we really fighting wars on facebook now?

Mae Kadoodie's picture

All your airports are belong to us.

Hephaestus's picture

Yes fighting on Facebook is for real. Below from post written by Dai Xu where he pretty much accuses the US of already having used Social Media to attack China. Just like Tunisia Egypt Libya etc. Why attack with tanks if you can get the home population to tear the county apart. Then the IMF comes in and snaps a pretty golden collar around the new govt.

"America’s pivot to Asia is led by the Internet technology that has produced a mixture of cyberspace electronic warfare and ideological information warfare. The first kind of warfare is limited to conventional military areas, but the second kind of warfare has invisibly formed a different kind of fighting that defies all military concepts. In 2013, manipulated by a mysterious force outside China, a few Chinese language websites controlled by foreign capitals have manufactured a few anti-military and anti-patriotic incidents. The anti-Communist, anti-Chinese government, and anti-China forces have joined hands in stirring up these incidents. In response, the broad masses of patriotic netizens have launched a counter offensive. With collaboration from relevant agencies of the Chinese government, a victory was achieved in this pitched cyberspace battle similar to the battles fought during the Korean War."

Read the whole thing on ZH President Of China's Marine Institute For Security: "Glory Drenched In Blood Will Pave China’s Road To Revitalization"

john39's picture

yes, now we know why the global dictatorship allowed the internet in the first place, to use social networking to engineer new governments, and to spy on all of us 24/7.

Spumoni's picture

Those guys at NSA and GCHQ must be really bored. Maybe we should set a time and collectively moon the bastards!

Hephaestus's picture

Holy shit I just pictured 300 million Americans mooning their computers OMFG what the hell happened to us?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

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This prompted the Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov, to accuse Moscow's military of blockading the airports

Facebook is a funny thing.

Funny how armed gangs roving the streets of Kiev "collecting taxes" is a Glorious People's Uprising®, but Crimean local militias forming checkpoints to keep the criminal riff raff out are a Soviet military invasion.

Funny guy, this Arsen Avakov. Perhaps his performing in comedy clubs can raise enough money to pay the bills owed by the new People's Republic of Ukraine.

chubbar's picture

What is interesting is the the "press" describes these guys as masked gunmen when they are supporting Russia but uses the less inflammatory description of demonstrator or freedom fighter when the occupying force is aligned with the U.S. interests.

Anyone have a guess as to what you or I would be called if we were to occupy a gov't building by force?

Spumoni's picture

I think we'd be called "corpses."

Proofreder's picture

In 1974 you are a dedicated antiwar hero.

In 2014 you are simply dead.

or suicided

silvermail's picture

"Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Invasion, Considers State Of Emergency After Masked Gunmen Occupy Two Crimean Airports"

Today in Ukraine there is no legitimate authority and any legitimate ministers of Internal Affairs. Today in Ukraine there are only rebels, buyout force seized power in Kiev. And also in Ukraine, there are regions that have remained faithful to the Constitution, democracy and legitimate democratically elected Ukrainian President.

I repeat: The authorities in Kiev are now thugs and criminals. It's a fact and it does not depend on opinions EuroNATO of UCA . All these criminals, have committed particularly serious crime. They have committed armed coup and eventually they all will be arrested and prosecuted.

Including an accomplice of criminals that today nazyvetsya himself " Minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine ." He is not the Minister. He impostor. It will be sent to jail , along with all the other members of his criminal gang.

Spumoni's picture

Yeah right. Yanukovicz is such a bastion of law, order and civilization. Long live the right of outside nations to interfere in the democratization of other peoples' lands!!/sarc

Spumoni's picture

This is actually just a training exercise for DC and Philly cops.

Doña K's picture

Ukraine is being sacrificed as another pawn. I will be suprized if her fate had not been predetermined. More loans, more debt slaves, more guns more speculation, more pain and suffering and more austerity while TPTB are feasting with other elite on caviar and Dom Perignon Brute

RafterManFMJ's picture

It's a damn shame Germany can't occupy the West and let Russia have the Eastern portions of Ukraine.

Then Russia could turn her eyes toward Finland while Germany takes the Autobahn to France.

Maybe a crazy Serbian Nationalist or Somali immigrant could shoot Joe Biden, drawing the US in.

Just trying to rhyme some history here.

Tasty Sandwich's picture

 

 

They're on their way to Russia...

Ah, nothing like some good old fashioned nuclear war to get the day started.

Status of World Nuclear Forces

More than two decades after the Cold War ended, the world's combined inventory of nuclear warheads remains at a very high level: more than 17,000. Of these, some 4,300 warheads are considered operational, of which about 1,800 US and Russian warheads are on high alert, ready for use on short notice.

Urban Redneck's picture

Akov,
You dumb-ass wanna-be Yukey- that's not a military invasion, but you're about to legally invite one, and learn what a real military invasion looks like. Stop playing into the Russian's hands. Suggest you consult your IMF overlords and ask them to loan you some paper dollars to get yourself some competent legal counsel (and walking around money for yourself of course). If the Orange Mistress of the IMF won't give you the bonus bucks for personal use, she does a have a deep bench of skilled and loyal shysters available to expedite her ambitions, for the low low price of your balls and your country. In the mean-time, avoid saying stupid things in social media...
Cheers!

To paraphrase the original advice (Rinse, Repeat) from the the last twatter/facefuck social media war against Russian military occupation. If only I could find a link to the original...

general ambivalent's picture

Who knew we'd get trolled into WWIII through Facebook Like campaigns? The Russians are ready for war and the other side is just a special op World Bank 3-D Printer spamming twitter.

Iocosus's picture

There's too many people and we're on the brink of global depression. War has been shown to mitigate those problems.

Arius's picture

Yes, it might be true that there are too many people .... but should anyone one or group of people considers themselves God and decide who should die ???

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

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but should anyone one or group of people considers themselves God and decide who should die ???

Obama thinks so.

Hephaestus's picture

Speaking of too many people.

Due to China's "one child policy" they have 100 million men who get to share 1 wife(the chinese prefer male children and aborted the girls). The only thing the Chinese govt really cares about is staying in control of the population. The "one child policy" made that much harder.  No pussy for life will drive any man crazy so the big question is Do the Chinese expect to lose millions of men some were? If all American males were to die along with all the old women over 30 what does that leave about 75 million women? When they invade us I bet the bonus package includes 1-2 acres of CLEAN land tax free for a generation and a couple of American girls to "help out".

So I wonder was "one child policy" ever really about population control? Did they breed a hundred million extra men who would be self motivated for invasions? Could they have done this shit on purpose?

Proofreder's picture

old women over 30 

Dickhead

RafterManFMJ's picture

Due to China's "one child policy" they have 100 million men who get to share 1 wife...

I didn't know things were that bad over there; that poor woman is going to be bow legged in no time.

headhunt's picture

That's true about the war thing but that is suppose to be a thought balloon above your head - not a comment on ZH

Iocosus's picture

That's how those pulling the strings think. It's hard to control billions of people and the chances of a few rogue geniuses popping up and organizing some significant resistance only increases with more people. And as an added kicker, reset the debt clock by destroying innocent people and their stuff.

Tasty Sandwich's picture

A world war today would involve nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction.

The survivors would envy the dead.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Iocosus's picture

Perhaps, but I believe an EMP would kill way more people much faster. Hell would manifest on Earth.

 

silvermail's picture

"There's too many people and we're on the brink of global depression. War has been shown to mitigate those problems."

Yes, the war would solve this problem. Particularly nuclear war between block Russia-China and block EUNATO of USA.

It is very sad that the control centers of Europe, was moved from Berlin, Paris and London to Brussels, what is controlled by the United States. And it is very sad that Europe has gradually turned into the corridor-maid for service US-NATO.

SheepRevolution's picture

WWIII is a financial war, and it's been going on for at least since 2008.

RSDallas's picture

Laomei,

Your ignorance is the fuel of the worlds demise.

jimmytorpedo's picture

Russia vs. Nato would be more than "a good shake up"

Full retard indeed.

Pool Shark's picture

 

 

Off topic, but:

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/mt-gox-files-for-bankruptcy/

Aaaaaaand, it's gone, it's all gone...

 

Spumoni's picture

Yeah, but Fonestar is rich. He goxed the lot!

22winmag's picture

That the dissolution of the USSR is a myth can't get much more obvious than this.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

Rest assured.....the US would never go down that road.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"In a nutshell, Russia continues to push with escalation ever further, and is testing just how far it can and will go without Ukraine responding."

While that might be so, I suspect Russia is testing to see how far they can and will go without the world's cop (read USA and its puppets allies) responding.

Winston Churchill's picture

Ass backwards.

Russia is responding to self appointed world cop intrusion on their sphere of influence.

Cuba redux.