Ukraine Acting President Says Russia Has Invaded Ukraine, As 2000 Russian Troops, Military Jets Arrive

Tyler Durden's picture

Here we go:


From AFP:

Russia has sent "several hundred" troops into Ukraine's Crimea region, US defense officials said Friday, after Kiev called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from the peninsula.


"It looks like they’ve moved several hundred troops there (into Crimea)," a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.


The comments marked the first confirmation from President Barack Obama's administration that Russia had launched an incursion into Crimea.


The Russians had not given the US government advance notice of the action or explained its intentions since the operation was launched, officials said.


But Pentagon officials stressed Washington was focused on diplomacy, and there was no serious consideration being given to any US military action.


"It is now in the realm of diplomacy," said a second defense official, who asked not to be named.


Officials also said they were not aware of any request from Ukraine for military assistance.

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“Under the guise of military exercises, Russia has brought troops into the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. And not only have they seized the parliament of the Crimea, the Council of Ministers of the Crimea, they are trying to take civilian buildings under control, communications, and trying to block places where Ukrainian soldiers are based,” he said in an appeal to the nation.


“They are provoking us to military conflict. According to information from our intelligence, they are working out scenarios that are completely analogous to Abkhazia, when after provoking a conflict, they began annexation of territory,” the acting president emphasized.

At the same time, Ukraine Pravda is reporting that Russian military planes are now landing in the Crimea.

Russian airplanes are landing in Crimea from the direction of Russia, and a column of APCs is heading from the east toward Simferopol.



There are reports of at least 5 large IL-76 planes landing in the district of the military airfield in the town of Gvardeyskoye.


Various sources are reporting that a column of 10 Russian APCs is heading from Sevastopol toward Simfereopol.


Interfax Ukraine reports that all air traffic is halted at the Belbek Airport in Sevastopol due to the seizure of the landing strip by unknown persons.

“There are about 400 people now in the Belbek airport. They have occpuied the landing strip and any movement of planes is stopped,” said a source.

And another video of the Russian APCs: considering the number of journalists standing by, it is as if they are on parade:

Finally. AFP reports:  


And more airplanes:

Some are using makeshift barricades and checkpoints to defend themselves: via Kyiv Post:

Is it starting?

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Arius's picture

Bring it ON!!!

You suckers!

gmrpeabody's picture

They'll not stop with Crimea..., they will go until someone stops them, and who will that be?

My guess is..., nobody!

Good work State Department..., like the rest of the clowns in D.C.

Winston Churchill's picture

I'm hoping they don't stop until they get to the outskirts of Brussels.

One can dream.

Apeman's picture

Please don't stop on the outskirts. Go ahead and take the palace of our pedophile king. Be my guest.

gmrpeabody's picture

Quick..., somebody give a shout out to our destroyed destroyer on the sand bar.

Grifter's picture

Iam Yue2 posted about telecom being cut off in Crimea in one of the other threads...CNN just confirmed it.

Sorry, I don't remember HTML tags, but wanted to provide a proper hat tip to Iam Yue2:

maskone909's picture

does the crimea have an army?  why no explosions and shooting and stuff?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Really.  As an observer, this is like watching Russia beat up its old girlfriend, and one wonders, why didn't she just get away years ago?

James_Cole's picture

Nuland must love this, it's the neo con wet dream to be fighting the ruskies again. 

I remember Romney + lunatic advisors talking about Russia big enemey #1 and people laughing at them. Seems they've managed to engineer their fantasy!

HyBrasilian's picture

Quick!... Somebody invade IRKUTSK from YAKUTSK!... I'll take SIAM...

HobbyFarmer's picture

The USSA would care more if they weren't so busy monitoring their own citizens webcams.

jbvtme's picture

i don't know what to make of this. engineered by neocons? russian hegemony? but like chemtrails and fukushima, pedophile priests and politicians, gmo crops and floride drinking water... the light feels like it's getting dimmer

john39's picture

RT reporting that the UN security council is meeting behind closed doors concerning Ukraine.

can't see how it matters, but should be interesting to hear the U.S. and Europeans piss and whine.

SafelyGraze's picture

"Under the guise of military exercises, Russia has brought troops into the Autonomous Republic of Crimea"

that's kind of a coincidence

because under the guise of active-shooter drills, the principal has brought police into our middle schools


semperfidelis's picture

Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was an international treaty signed on February, 5, 1994, in Budapest between Ukraine, USA, Russia, and Great Britain concerning nuclear disarmament of Ukraine and security assurances of her independence. According to the treaty Ukraine has abanded her nuclear arsenal to Russia, while Russia, USA, and Great Britian have promised (1) to respect Ukrainian independence and sovereignty within her borders; (2) to protect Ukraine from outer aggression and not to conduct aggression toward Ukraine; (3) not to put economic pressure on Ukraine in order to influence her politics; (4) not to use nuclear arms against Ukraine.

If Russia invaded Crimea the US and UK have to defend Ukraine per their agreement.


Gold to skyrocket?!

john39's picture

did anyone ever figure out where Ukraine's gold reserves are?  has to be halfway to the FED's storage facility by now.  you know, for safe keeping.  just like Germany's gold.

semperfidelis's picture

As I said, why did herr (frau) Merkel get the red carpet in London? I guess the BuBa gold is goooooooooooooooone!

john39's picture

also interesting to see how, with the possibility of armed hostilities breaking out in a major way, PM prices barely budge.   there is manipulation, of course, and then there is total disconnect from reality.

semperfidelis's picture

In case of war price of gold will be set by the state. Actually it will be illegal to hold gold and not support the war effort. War=completely different ball game. Did you ever hear of audits in case of war? Also Scalia mentioned that in the case of war the law falls silent, welcome to the FEMA camp, take your gun and off you go to fight on the great plains of Ukraine. Don`t wanna go, court martial for you then sir.

Tall Tom's picture

The NSA SOP? Are they going to round up 15 Million of us "Gold Stackers"?

semperfidelis's picture

Your neighbors will do it for them. Look at the communist methods.

Manthong's picture

“they are trying to take civilian buildings under control, communications, and trying to block places where Ukrainian soldiers are based,”

“trying”…  ROTFL        :-D

Baghdad Bob, do you have a new gig?

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

Obligatory "We've always been at war with Eurasia?"

bigkahuna's picture

The Russians just need to tie this up before the markets open on Monday.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Y'all seriously need to settle down. It's prolly just some holiday parade in honor of some vodka deity or some other pagan ritual the commies do the time of year to try to get warm.

Element's picture

Can we get a singularity out of this thing?

Tall Tom's picture

I don't think so...My neighbors will not. I do not fear them. My neighbors are non compliant.


There is a quiet majority. Hunger changes thier attitude rapidly. My neighbors are hungry, poor, and very, very angry at the Government. They have been willing students as I teach them to construct BOMBS and IEDs. I am not living in the Beltway or New York City.


Do you know what is going on in the poor communities? The legal Gun Trade has been booming. The illegal Gun Trade has even seen much larger growth.


You are deluded.


So how is Gun Control working out?

chunga's picture

Aside from the Dustin Beiber crowd, what's left of the United Bankers of America has little internal support or credibility.

Even though it would be stupid to poke our noses in Ukraine's business, drawing bogus lines in the sand further illustrates to the the world that the United Bankers of America speak loudly and carry a limp stick. Keep your pets out of sight. The U.B.A will want to lash out at somebody; and the citizens and pets would be likely targets. What a disgrace.

LetThemEatRand's picture

The US has no business there because the US is nothing but a business.  The days of fighting for truth, justice and the American way (if they ever existed) are long gone.  Let the fucking bankers fight amongst themselves.  I don't particularly care which banker wins.  I hope they all die in the fight, but of course they won't because they don't fight.  They just count the fucking money.  Long bridges, nail guns and tall buildings.  Jump you fuckers.

James_Cole's picture

The days of fighting for truth, justice and the American way (if they ever existed) are long gone.  Let the fucking bankers fight amongst themselves. 

There's the idealism and then the reality. And there will always be a battle between different ideologies etc. There was a gigantic swing to the far right in the 80s in UK & US (among many others) that has been consistent since. Always that element was there, it just had less of a voice for a while.

Doesn't mean it has to stay that way. 

Spumoni's picture

That wasn't carpet, it was herring.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

The reserves had been shipped to a JPM vault for storage but were lost in a tragic boating accident.  


The shipment was insured but unfortunately the insurance paperwork was lost in a warehouse fire a day later.  

SilverRhino's picture

Yep, and this is where Russia shows the world that NATO, the US and the UK's security agreements mean exactly SHIT on the world stage.     

Someone put it best " This is THE defining moment where the American Empire and the Pax Americana ends"


Taiwan, South Korea, Phillipines and Japan?   Better pay real close attention to what's going down here.   

disabledvet's picture

why is that?

"cuz the Chinese are gonna stomp on you next"?
Makes you and your "supporters" sound kinda weird don't ya think?

Debugas's picture

yeah this is very serious but russia will respond that formally Yanukovich is still the president and that acting president Turchinov is illegitimate

and here we go into limbo of what is legitimate and what is not.

for example Kyiv already replied to Crimea parliament's decision to organize a referendum on autonomy as illegitimate act because new old constitution (that Turchinov passed through in Kyiv days ago) does not give that right to the regions anymore

Urban Redneck's picture

It means whatever either side wants it to mean- to that side. It is a fig leaf legal justification for either side to send in more troops and escalate the situation.

Zadig's picture

Indeed.  "To the wicked, everything serves as pretext."

DaveyJones's picture

Ah, the unofficial closing ceremonies

Flakmeister's picture

Always count on you for some apropos snark...

prains's picture

Boris is make hasty move unable to reply, copper pipe for still most priority

Hephaestus's picture

So did O have a wargasm or did he shit him self? Could anyone tell?

Lost Word's picture

Since Soviet Russia gave Crimea to Ukraine as a gift in 1954,

perhaps the Ukrainian Government and people should have a vote

whether to give Crimea back to Russia as a gift?

If the Ukrainian Government and people do not wish to give Crimea to Russia, then what?

NATO wanted Ukraine to join NATO?

This is why A-10 aircraft and M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks were built.

Use it or lose it?

I don't know the numbers of vehicles on each side.


Debugas's picture

those vehicles would not matter

just count the thermo-nuclear warheads instead

phoolish's picture

A-10 and M-1 were built to fight the Crimean War II?


LOL.  Don't think so.


stant's picture

for the fulda gap and north german plain, and danube vally. thats where the us expect the ussr to send more tanks than god

Balanced Integer's picture

The numbers are relevant. In war, qauntity has a quality all its own. But there is something to be said for having an edge in quality, and that edge belongs almost solely to NATO.

The Russian T-90 can go toe-to-toe with the Abrams, but they don't have all that many of them. In any case, NATO would try to first assume air superiority so that they could operate their tank busting aircraft with impunity, then use the Abrams to rip up the APC.

When the numbers aren't on your side, you don't try to win a war fighting tank-to-tank, APC-to-APC, soldier-to-soldier. Instead you play a game of rock-paper-scissors.

xavi1951's picture

Would that tank busting aircraft be the A-10?  Didn't the SOD just say he wanted to scrap the A-10 because it was antiquated?