Pro-Russian Protesters Storm Kharkiv City Administration Building; Russian Flags Hoisted Across East Ukraine

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Even as Russia has officially deployed its military to the Ukraine, its unofficial involvement in The Crimean was well known for days. A much more notable development would be if protesters in the pro-Russian eastern part of the country were to seize control of the second largest city in the Ukraine, Kharkiv, located just miles from the Russian border as this would quickly give Russia a foothold into the east of the nation with the tactical escalation abilities such a takeover would entail. Which is why the following clip of pro-Russian protesters storming the city administration in Kharkiv is of importance: should Ukraine lose control of the city, or is forced to use troops against the people, it would be just the pretext Russia needs to "defend" citizens in this part of the country, the same argument it used for military intervention in the Crimean.

The UNIAN news agency said thousands of people had gathered outside the building during a protest against the country's new leaders who ousted President Viktor Yanukovich a week ago.


The violence signalled that Ukraine's new leaders could face a challenge in mainly Russian-speaking regions that oppose the largely pro-Western course charted by the newly installed government.

Kharkiv is not the only place where Pro-Russian forces are finally speaking up.

The leaders of Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula with an ethnic Russian majority that is home to a Russian naval base, say they have joined forces with Russian servicemen to exert control over key buildings.


Russian parliament has approved a proposal by President Vladimir Putin to deploy troops in Ukraine.


Protests against the new authorities also took place on Saturday in other cities, including Odessa, Dnipro and Donetsk, Yanukovich's home town and power base.


The Russian flag was raised over the regional government building in Donetsk by several thousand pro-Russia activists waving the Russian tricolour and chanting "Russia! Russia!, witnesses said.

Russian flags are being put up across the east Ukraine (source Venoru):

And in other news, Ukrainian boxer, vocal leader of the EuroMeidan opposition movement and potential future president, Vitali Klitschko just called for a general mobilization. After all he has the most to lose if the countercoup quickly sweeps away from power those who organized the original coup in the first place. From Reuters:

Vitaly Klitschko, a senior Ukrainian politician and likely presidential candidate, called on Saturday for a "general mobilisation" following Russian parliament's decision to approve deploying troops in Ukraine's Crimea region.


"Klitschko calls for a declaration on a general mobilisation," the retired boxing champion's political party UDAR (Punch) said, making clear he favoured a military mobilisation.

Finally, the world's most useless organizations, the UN and European finance ministers, are pretending to be relevant:


Time for another Obama appearance to explain just what the "costs" that he mentioned are in his opinion. Because Putin seems to have missed the message.

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Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Remember this when kids fight in the playground what is the question the adults invariably ask when they pull both parties aside.

Who threw the first punch if it wasn't a 'sanctioned' fight. Last time I checked it wasn't the Russians.

VD's picture

mobiization of EU/USSA sponsored thugz <Russian military


brain-damaged German shill...

strannick's picture

President Obama has just declared that he will act unilaterally to increase import duties on Russian Vodka by as much as up to 4% if Russian troops aren't withdrawn from Ukraine immediately.

Uskatex's picture

No, 6% tax on Vodka and Caviar, and Obama will not attend the G8 in Sochi.

Putin is in disarray, and will soon recall his troops!

flacon's picture

What is Chuck Schumer going to do with his SPY calls if this market breaks lower?

Stackers's picture

it's also eerily similar to Hitler and Austria and the Czech republic

0b1knob's picture

East Ukraine = Sudetenland.   1938 = 2014.   Soon Obama = Chambelain.  Peace in our times bitches.

To die for the Crimea?  I think not....

silvermail's picture

"Ukraine's Acting President(!?) blah-blah-blah The new government in Ukraine(!?) blah-blah-blah"

Who is the "Ukraine's Acting President" and "new government"? In Ukraine today there is no "acting president" and "new government". In Ukraine today there is only one legitimate, democratically elected President - Yanukovych. And also there is an illegitimate Pretender, who came to power through unconstitutional and undemocratic way - with weapons and through bloodshed. Surname of the criminal and impostor - Turchinov. Eventually he and his whole gang will be arrested and prosecuted.

Criminals, who seized power in Kiev undemocratic, unconstitutional, with arms in their hands, through bloodshed, have no right to make any statement on behalf of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Criminal rebels illegitimate.

Oldwood's picture

So is this what Obama was referring to when he was caught on mic telling the Russians that he would have much greater flexibility in working with them after his re-election. How flexible does he need to be? Can he touch his toes?

Meat Hammer's picture

He actually said he will send another group of gay people to insult Putin's fashion and scratch his eyes out.

StychoKiller's picture

While the Obamatron was busy trying to tony up the Werld with his Red Crayon, Putin decided to re-draw some thin blue ones.  A slimmed-down Ukraine was heard to exclaim:  "It's to die for!!"

MeMadMax's picture

What, the banksters and brainless idiots in the white house/eu/un/soros/whatever the fuck it is thought russia was just gonna sit idley by and let them take their historical "homeland"???


Or, was it on purpose?

MoneyThimbles's picture

Well they did it to the Serbs in Kosovo, and then the US bombed them when they tried to take it back. Must have thought they could get away with it twice.


evokanivo's picture

Russia was still in turmoil economically/militarily/politically and wasn't in a position to do much. Russia's sphere of influence is expanding...

onewayticket2's picture

not to worry.  Soon, Barry will turn his attention to the NCAA gives him a chance to spend a lot of time with Reggie Love.

SDShack's picture

Putin will probably offer Chernobyl as a concession, and 0zer0 is so stupid he will probably jump at the offer, and then try to spin it as 0zer0 being a tough guy that brough Putin to his knees.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Yup. When the EU-funded opposition did this to Kiev last week it was promoted in western MSM propanda as people standing against tyranny.  This in Crimea will no doubt be promoted as Putin's rabble-rousing terrorists fighting for oppression.

And the sheeple in the USA and EU will suck of the deceptive propaganda and feel all smug parroting it.



Oldwood's picture

I thought if you liked your tyranny you could keep your tyranny? So now they have to get a whole new "improved" tyranny at twice the cost?

StychoKiller's picture

Probably buried on page 352 of the new Obamacare law.  We're still reading to find out what's in it!

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Putin has played a blinder again. If Western Ukraine troops attack Russians that will be it, all out war. Putin wants the whole of Ukraine and he will get it.

Gavrikon's picture

No, he does not.  Since the West decided to station troops right on Russia's borders, he is doing hwat he has to do.  He does want the historically Russian provinces to be safe under his protection, and for Ukraine not to allow NATO/US troops to be stationed in Ukraine.

Meat Hammer's picture

Smegley, the sheeple in the USA think Ukraine is one of those really tall things you see at a construction site.  US citizens don't give two shits about anything past the tip of their own noses.  If it ain't gay marriage, abortion, welfare, immigration, or those evil assault weapons, it may as well not exist.

And I'm talking about both teams.  

headhunt's picture

You are dummer than you thought.

StychoKiller's picture

Dustbin Beeper proves that you deserve all those red-arrows!

PeterLemonJello's picture

One of the single funniest comments I've ever read on the hedge...awesome

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

My contacts in the EU tell me that they don't see what the Ukrainian fuss is all about, as their government is no more incompetent, bloated or corrupt than any other.

In their view, if they are marching in Ukraine, they should also be marching throughout the EU and the US.

StychoKiller's picture

So, the EU still has cake to eat?

chemystical's picture

Vitali Klitschko (JEW) whose yarmulke was tossed into the ring as a potential President.

"A reshuffled Ukrainian Parliament installed following a coup last week has voted to appoint Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the new prime minister of the country. Yats, as Victoria Nuland (JEW), the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department (JEW), called him, is a natural choice.  He is a millionaire former banker who served as economy minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker before Yanukovych took office in 2010. He is a member of Yulie Tymoshenko’s (half Jew) Fatherland Party.  Prior to the revolution cooked up by the State Department and executed by ultra-nationalist street thugs, Tymoshenko was incarcerated for embezzlement and other crimes against the people of UkraineNow she will be part of the installed government, same as she was after the last orchestrated coup, the Orange Revolution.

Yats will deliver Ukraine to the international bankers. “Ukraine is on the brink of bankruptcy and needs to be saved from collapse — Yatsenyuk has a strong economic background,” Ariel Cohen (JEW), senior fellow at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, told Bloomberg (JEW) on Wednesday.  “Ukraine faces difficult reforms but without them there won’t be a successful future.”
Discussion with the IMF is crucial, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (JEW) said earlier this week.  In order to cinch the deal, the U.S. government will sweeten the pot. Lew talked with the IMF (JEW) boss, Christine Lagarde (JEW), about Ukraine as he headed back from a globalist confab, the G-20 meeting in Sydney, Australia.

“Secretary Lew informed Managing Director Lagarde that he had spoken earlier in the day with Ukrainian leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk and advised him of the broad support for an international assistance package centered on the IMF."




Independent's picture

So the thugs in Kiev were against the Berkut mobilizing against them and using guns to defend themselves against their guns and molotov cocktails (in WW2 the Japanese were more scared of the flame throwers than being shot) but now Klitschi baby is more than willing to mobilize and use them against those who oppose him LOL, oh but wait I forgot his side had guns from the beginning, makes sense now.

Groundhog Day's picture

It will be Check Mate before wednesday and we'll have 2 days  for the spx to go back to all time highs after a brief sell off(maybe)

john39's picture

teachable moment? i can hardly wait.

Oldwood's picture

So what is the sell side story on this? MIC funding? More liquidity injections for the EU out of the back door of the fed? Vodka price spikes? Duct tape and plastic sheeting? Iodine?

indygo55's picture

Its the weather of course! DUH!!@

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Obama- Where the fuck is H5 on this checker board?

Carl Popper's picture

I am bored with Ukraine, a bunch of stupid people doing a bunch of stpud things in a stupid place far away.

Can't we have some banker bashing articles? Welfare queens? Insult the "tribe" a little bit?

Tylerbots need some red meat!

MsCreant's picture

The second o in your last name is missing. Didn't know if you had noticed.

Pairadimes's picture

For fun, you could google 'Crimea', and read about all the different times this particular piece of geography has found itself in the middle of international politics and multinational conflicts.

Emergency Ward's picture

I could go for some good old Hillary bashing or McCain trashing.

buzzsaw99's picture

i'm sure pootie is shakin' in his booties

sittin' on all that oil, gas, and nookies

what goes around, comes around bitchez

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Best outcome for an independent Ukraine instead being a dog on a leash to one or the other is for the Ukrainian military to step in surround the place and clean house of EVERY  politician regardless of EU/Russia leanings and duke it out at the ballot box within the guidelines of their sovereign Constitutional law with neutral party monitors non EU or Russia trying to oversee the process.

Groundhog Day's picture

You must be new here, I love your optimism

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Back up there spanky did I say they would only they should. I'm not forcing solutions on people whether they want them or not like a parasitic entity using their mercenaries err contractors to stir up trouble in the first place, just using the company suggestion box is all.

Jack Burton's picture

Russia was leaving the Ukraine alone and independent. It is NATO that is trying to take the place over. We should keep that in mind. The US funded revolution is a power play to put NATO within a few hundred miles of Moscow. It is a dangerous game, because this didn't have to happen. Ukraine has a vote and elections, any opposition could run, they held power before, but voters kicked them out. Now they use guns to come back into power using rightwing nazis?????

Pairadimes's picture

Our administration's policy response will be to draw kittens with crayons or something.