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Ukraine's Acting President Puts All Armed Forces On Full Combat Alert

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In a stunning 24 hours, it now appears that Russia and the Ukraine are one formal announcement away from a state of war. From moments ago, as reported by Bloomberg:

  • UKRAINE ACTING PRESIDENT PUTS ALL FORCES ON FULL COMBAT ALERT

And this, as reported by the NYT, virtually assures the escalation to a hot war, as some provocation, somewhere will certainly take place: "a Ukrainian military official in Crimea said Ukrainian soldiers had been told to “open fire” if they came under attack by Russia troops or others."

From Reuters:

Ukraine put its armed forces on full combat alert on Saturday and warned Russia that any military intervention in the country would lead to war.

 

After a more than three-hour meeting with security and defence chiefs, Acting President Oleksander Turchinov said there was no justification for what he called Russian aggression against his country.

 

Standing beside Turchinov, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said he had urged Russia to return its troops to base in the Crimea region during a phone call with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and called for talks.

 

"Military intervention would be the beginning of war and the end of any relations between Ukraine and Russia," Yatseniuk told reporters.

Finally, this:

  • Ukraine protects all Ukrainians, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says in Kiev briefing.
  • Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk: “diverting funds for military”
  • Turchynov: untrue that Russians are under threat
  • Turchynov: no reason for Putin request
  • Turchynov calls for national unity
  • Yatsenyuk says to take all measures to ensure peace
  • Yatsenyuk: no reason for Russia to intervene in Ukraine

Too late.

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Sat, 03/01/2014 - 15:54 | 4494178 negue
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It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:04 | 4494218 Millivanilli
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Dear Europe, 

 

Warm your homes with furniture.

 

Vlad

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:08 | 4494229 BaBaBouy
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NO NUKES Please...

Enough SHIT Coming Out Of FukuRamma...

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:11 | 4494246 Smegley Wanxalot
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It's a good thing you said "please" or the nukes would already be flying.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:12 | 4494249 Dear Infinity
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Comrades,

Let us break every window, on every street, in every city, in this glorious homeland.

Forward! To the economic recovery!

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:22 | 4494298 wuush
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For Keynes

For the economy

For Obama

to the moon

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:26 | 4494312 InjectTheVenom
Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:41 | 4494361 BaBaBouy
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VLAD Has An AXe To Grind...

Is It With The FED & MONEY Manip?????????????

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:46 | 4494386 cossack55
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Exactly how much US debt does Russia own? $460 billion or thereabouts?  What would a debt dump do to the dollar?

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:52 | 4494412 BaBaBouy
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NO GOLF... For OBAMMA This Weekend!!!

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:31 | 4494592 Not Too Important
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Don't be so sure about that:

'Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine'

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-skips-national-security-team-m...

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:43 | 4494642 nonclaim
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"Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting"

Was he invited? Maybe he is not trusted...

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:45 | 4494649 freedogger
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Wow, I want to up arrow that because it's relevant but then it would feel like I'm supporting the POS POTUS. 

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:07 | 4494966 caustixoid
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'Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine'

"Take the afternoon off Barry.  Chill.  Relax.  We need you back at 6pm to read the teleprompter though.   And Barry,  come back with your serious face.  So, remember when Barney drank Fred's Cactus Cola and how upset Fred was?  Yeah, baby, yeah!  That's the face!"

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 22:45 | 4495482 logicalman
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You don't believe that he makes any real decisions, do you?

He can play golf, or with himself, until the script writers have loaded up the teleprompter.

 

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:57 | 4494439 silvermail
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"Ukraine's Acting President (!?) Puts All Armed Forces On Full Combat Alert"

Who is the "Acting President of Ukraine"? In Ukraine today there is no "acting president." 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.

 

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:48 | 4494661 Tim_
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Ukrainian Jews adjusting to life in uncertain times


"On Tuesday, Parliamentary Speaker [sic] and interim President [sic] Oleksander Turchinov told Rabbi Dov Bleich, a Ukrainian chief rabbi and president of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, that the government would 'make every effort to guard the Jewish community.'"

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 09:26 | 4496618 Wahooo
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The Ukranians better check their pockets.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:52 | 4494673 Balanced Integer
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And if the people of these states united rose up to turn over the moneychanger's tables and cast down their overlords in DC (Obama, Biden, "Bohner," Cantor, Pelosi, et al...). you would denouce the agitatorss as "illegitimate criminals."

Indeed, perhaps you view the Founding Fathers in the same light, having cast out the "legitimate" British monarchists who once ruled the 13 colonies?

 

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 18:10 | 4494773 Not Too Important
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Maybe the names changed, but the rulership stayed the same. Revolutionary War history is a nest of pit vipers. Same as it ever was.

The Fed we have now is Fed III. Who controlled Fed I and II?

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:36 | 4495057 silvermail
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I look at the face of Putin and think about the fate of the rebels, who committed an armed coup in Kiev on money of CIA. And who now call themselves "presidents" and "ministers" of Ukraine. I think the lives of all these people will be bright, but not long.
Soon they will begin to flee the country like rats from a sinking ship. But it will not help them.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 22:50 | 4495497 StychoKiller
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You simply MUST try the Polonium tea, it's to die for!

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 20:22 | 4495096 Independent
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I can see the conversation between two navy officers Boris from Ukraine and Vlad from Russia over the phone:

Boris: hey vlad been a while since the academy buddy how are you

Vlad: Great just set up my dacha in the countryside for the summer how bout you?

Boris: oh just living with my wife and little son and my parents and her parents in a two bedroom apt, we keep the thermostat low to save money

Vlad: what about Julia your older daughter

Boris: oh she went to Israel to do some au paire  job she says pays lots of money, havent heard from her I am worried...

Vlad: I am looking to retire form the navy in a few years, got a nice pension and a job teaching at the academy lined up how bout you

Boris: Vlad I dont know if I will even have a pension or get paid by this take over govt.

Vlad: Boris come back to the Mother Russia Armed Forces, we can get you a nice payraise, new equipment, nice dacha, not to mention your gas bill will be a lot less

 

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 22:54 | 4495488 logicalman
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Criminals who seized power.......

Pretty much sums up the world we live in.

Don't be distracted. Anyone who wants power over others is the last person should be given it.

Wake the fuck up!

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 00:43 | 4495959 Kirk2NCC1701
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The Acting PM's name is Kiev Robert, or Kiev Bob for short.

He's no chicken: He assures the citizens that they have the enemy surrounded, and will defeat them everywhere.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:59 | 4494444 Anusocracy
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Hopefully the Chinese Dragon will use this opportunity to take back their Diaoyu Islands.

A couple of days ago I suggested that Putin's strategy should be to target all their nukes and then ask the US to leave the Ukraine alone.

The only way to stop the Limousine Psychopaths running the US is to face them down and the sooner the better.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:47 | 4495089 silvermail
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"Hopefully the Chinese Dragon will use this opportunity to take back their Diaoyu Islands."

Sorry Mr. Klitschko, sorry Mr. Turchynov. We cannot help you because all our mercenaries are now very busy in Syria. I wish you success, yours truly - Obama.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:42 | 4494376 Pure Evil
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Does Obama know he's being protrayed as a limp wristed feminized flaming homosexual?

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:52 | 4494408 Smegley Wanxalot
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Hell, he's counting on it. Might get him more manmeat which is all he wants (other than dogmeat).

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 18:28 | 4494853 Cacete de Ouro
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I presume manmeat is on the menu in Man's Country, Chicago ?

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 22:52 | 4495505 StychoKiller
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"You will taste manflesh!!" -- Saruman

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:03 | 4494955 IrritableBowels
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I thought that was the current fad...

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:32 | 4494334 Occident Mortal
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Putin doesn't answer to anyone.

Haven't the West figured that out yet?

Central Asia, the Black Sea, the Caspian... We have no power there. The Far East? No power their either.

This isn't 2002. The world has changed.

There is nothing anyone can do to remove Russia from Crimea. Nobody can even get near Crimea.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:38 | 4494351 onewayticket2
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not even Mr. Mom Jeans?

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:07 | 4494486 Anusocracy
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If Moochelle pointed her ass in the right direction she could get close to Crimea.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:12 | 4494499 SWRichmond
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Putin doesn't answer to anyone.

Haven't the West figured that out yet?

Central Asia, the Black Sea, the Caspian... We have no power there. The Far East? No power their either.

Exactly.  And everyone please note: I am not sayting I admire him for it, I am simply acknowledging it as a FACT.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 17:25 | 4494574 disabledvet
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is this just in relation to Ukraine or to the world at large?

You see...right now his "intelligence units" are warning of impending torpedo attacks against the entirety of the Russian Black Sea fleet right now.

If there are Ukrainian "special forces" lying in wait this thing might not go off exactly as planned. God forbid if the Russian "incursion" is stopped dead in its tracks.

Then people start asking questions like "why are we invading an otherwise helpless sovereign state again"...

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:54 | 4495103 silvermail
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"You see...right now his "intelligence units" are warning of impending torpedo attacks against the entirety of the Russian Black Sea fleet right now."

Blah-blah-blah-blah-blah ... right now.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 20:27 | 4495185 Independent
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This reminds me of Hitler in his bunker commanding armies he doesn't even have.  These right wing neo nazi bozzos are commanding fictitious armies they dont have.  Why would any Ukrainian officer sign away his standard of living to become a Euro Slave when he can have a good life, pension, dacha, and payraise if they rejoin the Russian army.  I expect a lot of no shows at the Ukrainian military rally.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:34 | 4494342 TahoeBilly2012
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Don't expect the US to broker any peace, our team only knows war. Probably just ordered a truckload of Jiffy pop for the executive situation room.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:13 | 4494258 johnQpublic
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XzmZublAOk

 

guns guns guns

cmon fellas

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 23:03 | 4495543 logicalman
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A country could be really hard to invade if every home had someone in it with a rifle and the training to use it.

If every window is potentially deadly, it's going to slow things down considerably.

That's the thing many miss about gun control.

It would obvioustly smarten up the local pols too. (2nd Ammendment, and all that)

 

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 09:29 | 4496622 Wahooo
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Not at all. Japan is the lesson. Nuke several large US cities and everyone will be turning in their weapons - or their neighbors will be turning them in.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 10:12 | 4496708 balanced
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Coward.

 

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:16 | 4494262 HardlyZero
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Pleasant chatter in the UN...so far delightful.

UN Stakeout Camera

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/u-n-security-council-stakeout-camera-n42021

 

 

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:23 | 4495003 HardAssets
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O.K. - - there's a lot of Russkie sounding names out there now (in this article & everywhere else) what team are Amuricans suppose to root for now ?  And which side would most be like the Broncos and which would most be like the Seahawks ?

That whole "Al Qaeda are now our friends in Syria" deal confused a lot of folks.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:31 | 4495041 Independent
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 Well dont root for the western radical Ukrainians, they are great for brain washing the masses about these so called freedom fighters, don't buy into this slop folks as these extremist radical racists would be locked up in a second if they tried their violence in any western capital to bring about change. Yanukovich, a corrupt politician should have been voted out in the next election without bloodshed.  All the new stooges on the scene are former members or current members of Tymoshenkos party.  We will never see her houses in Ukraine or the Gold Coast of the Mediterranean.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:36 | 4494344 Atomizer
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Warm your homes with furniture.

Many peeps forget about EU not paying their Russia gas bill. Pay your bills or get turned off. The fucking EU carpetbaggers never learn.

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a545411.pdf

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:46 | 4494384 layman_please
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if US or EU decide to give ukraine financial help, they should so in cash. it's quite difficult to heat homes with with bits and bytes on the bank account. also true with bitcoins, except for the mining of course.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:08 | 4494975 Renewable Life
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So the unelected "president" of the Ukraine, puts the armed forces on alert to face down the Russian military, and Obammy and the Boyz in Europe want to talk on the phone and hold their breath, because their mad!!!

I think the "elected" President of the Ukraine will be back in Kiev by next Saturday night?? Those Euromaiden cats might want to get the barricades burning again, and fast!

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