Ukraine's New Navy Head Denis Berezovsky Defects After Just One Day On The Post

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Overnight, there had been numerous rumors that the newly appointed chief of the Ukraine navy, who was just made head of the navy on Saturday, had defected to the Crimean people explicitly, and to pro-Russian forced in the region implicitly. The sourcing of most were various Russian outlets so we discounted these until we got confirmation from a "western" source. The BBC did just that moments ago.

New head of Ukraine's navy 'defects' in Crimea


The newly appointed head of Ukraine's navy has sworn allegiance to the Crimea region, in the presence of its unrecognised pro-Russian leader.


Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky was only made head of the navy on Saturday, as the government in Kiev reacted to the threat of Russian invasion.


Russia's troops have been consolidating their hold on Crimea, which is home to its Black Sea Fleet.

The moment of defection allegedly caught on digital media:

The move is not entirely unexpected: while the US may not have many issues with facing the Russian navy head on as it did last summer in the Mediterranean over Syria, others are not quite as excited with being on the receiving end of the Russian military juggernaut.

So if this has been confirmed, the rest of the news reported earlier by RIA is also true. To wit:

Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea confirmed Sunday that the majority of Ukrainian military units stationed on the Crimean peninsula have expressed their support of legitimately elected Pro-Russian authorities.


Earlier reports by Russian media about peaceful takeover of the military units by forces loyal to the Crimean government were denied by the Ukrainian defense ministry.


However, Crimean authorities said that most of the Ukrainian units sided on Sunday with pro-Russian forces “without a single shot fired,” and warned the commanders of a few units that remain loyal to Kiev that they would face criminal action if refused to surrender.


“I would like to warn commanders who force their subordinates to commit illegal actions that they will be punished according to existing laws,” Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov said in a statement.


The Crimean government said earlier that some 10 warships from the Ukrainian navy left their naval base in Sevastopol apparently on orders from Kiev.


Crimea is now at the center of the ongoing crisis in the country as pro-Russia groups move to distance themselves from a reformed national parliament that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych a week ago.

The map below is said to summarize all the Ukraine cities where the Russian flag has already been hoisted.

If anything, these bloodless victories will only embolden Russia to press on: hardly the resolution the west would like. Perhaps that explains why early unofficial quotes of the Russian Ruble see the currency dropping as much as 10%.

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Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:33 | 4497558 skwid vacuous
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Maybe he just found out they don't HAVE a navy?

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:33 | 4497562 john39
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Counter coups can be a real bitch, eh Victoria 'nuland'?

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:35 | 4497578 skwid vacuous
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Kerry should give her fat fuk neocon husband an M16 and have him para-dropped into Sevastapol

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:37 | 4497589 Infinite QE
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They can only shoot women and children. In the back.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:39 | 4497600 Arius
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Berezovsky - a traitor

fuck "nuland she doesnt count.

kerry is dealing directly with lavrov they have a longstanding relationship trying to fuck up ukraine!

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:51 | 4497646 Thought Processor
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I'm sure he was well paid.  30 million in Gold can buy a lot of Loyalty.  And apparently a ship to go along with it.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:57 | 4497675 BaBaBouy
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Go With The Bigger PAY RAISE, Bitchez... It's All In The $$$$$$$$$$$$$'s

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:15 | 4497745 Occident Mortal
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It's actually the entire Ukrainian Navy which has defected.

Not just the Admiral.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:52 | 4497892 ebworthen
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Smart decision on their part.

The EU doesn't have a navy.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:57 | 4497915 0b1knob
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Rats (and admirals) always leave a sinking (flag) ship.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 15:03 | 4497945 Handful of Dust
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The good news is the Swiss Navy has been placed on alert:

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:18 | 4498472 Ludwig Von
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But they only work office hours ( 9-5 )

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 15:09 | 4497970 Urban Roman
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Just saw Kerry on teevee this morning ... whoever said Lenin seems to be in better shape, was right!

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:14 | 4498397 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 naval equipment, rank promotion, nice dacha, not to mention your gas bill will be a lot less for two apartments one for your family, the other for the inlaws in new construction in Crimea (with a Sea View)

I expect NATO to try to get forces on the ground under Ukrainian flag to secure Odessa Port and Large Industrial MIC complexes that Russia wants. Its a race to see who gets there first, and Russia is winning. Odessa will be a FLASHPOINT and you will see many casualties there my Prediction.  If Odessa goes to Putin then Transniester region of Moldova will no longer be isolated and it will be continuous with Mother Russia.  Odessa is the next valuable piece in the chess game.


Sun, 03/02/2014 - 16:59 | 4498409 Wolferl
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C´mon 2/3 of the Ukraine military forces and more are pro-Russian, not just a rear admiral. The moment the clowns in charge in Kiev order the Ukraine army to attack the Russians they´ll be hanged at spot. And they know it.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:23 | 4498485 Kirk2NCC1701
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So, technically, the Old/New Ukrainian Navy could defend the country against foreign forces from the South?  ;-)

Imagine the complexity if a "Ukrainian" warship sinks a foreign ship, while flying a Ukrainian flag?  The mind reels.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:45 | 4498559 max2205
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They must have better dunkin donut shops in Crimea

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:23 | 4498487 Cap Matifou
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I just had a de-ja-vu while reading this comment. A literal one, not figuratively. Admiral with fleet defected, while pouring over comments, and i dreamt the same sight a few months ago. Sorry to bother folks, it hit too intense.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:57 | 4497769 Anusocracy
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East Ukraine should declare a "Velvet Divorce" from Kiev.

Russia moves to cancel east's portion of Ukrainian debt.

Russia raises gas prices to western Ukraine.

EU loans money Kiev, money eventually ends up in Russia's hands.

Fed prints new money to cover EU loan.


Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:04 | 4498423 swmnguy
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In a nutshell, that appears to be the plan.  May have been the plan the whole time.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:14 | 4497738 Volkodav
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I doubt that.

There are men of honor.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:51 | 4497649 johnQpublic
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ukraine navy composed of nothing but swiftboats i hear

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:55 | 4497662 cossack55
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He has just been awarded the Russian equivalent of the Purple Heart after he caught a splinter in hes finger from the podium.  

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:06 | 4497711 Headbanger
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I hate to say it but we should expect to see a false flag event of Russian soldiers killing non-ethnic Russian Ukrainians to get NATO boots on the ground their.


Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:12 | 4497733 Bonapartist
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the boys from NATO in their fairy-blue helmets won't do shit.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:25 | 4497778 knukles
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I thought the UN has the fairy blue helmets and NATO the sissy pink?  (Was a compromise between the cross-dressing paedophile Brits and gay Continentals)

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 15:47 | 4498115 holmes
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Wait until they send in the UN Peace Keeping Units. That's when the real pillor and plunder begin. Ukrainians be locking up their women and daughters then (maybe grandmothers too).

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 19:52 | 4499022 Kirk2NCC1701
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Speaking of "traitors"... Obama also defected after one day on the job.

He's double-dipping on his pay.  No doubt Hillary will ride in and save us. /sarc

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:38 | 4497592 Arius
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Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:48 | 4497635 Volkodav
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I volunteer to pack his chute...

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:58 | 4497679 Spastica Rex
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Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:14 | 4498460 WillyGroper
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Sun, 03/02/2014 - 21:18 | 4499350 Hooter Shaker
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Damn you!  Now I have a mess to clean up!

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:00 | 4497691 Tim_
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Victoria Nuland's husband, Robert Kagan, is also a jew.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:10 | 4497728 Bonapartist
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Nuland- originally "Nudelman". Nuland sounds more WASPy.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:25 | 4497787 Tim_
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Lost in America: A Journey with My Father by Sherwin Nuland (Victoria's father)

"We learn also that Nuland has suffered from depression on and off since he was preadolescent, experiencing a major breakdown in midlife. This book attempts to make sense out of the family dynamics and the depression. At the same time, it describes the insular world of Russian Jewish immigrants living in New York City's Lower East Side and Bronx in the first half of the 20th century."

"What cannot be disassociated from Nuland's story is his Jewish background of persecution, scapegoating, immigration, and the Holocaust."

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 15:20 | 4498003 geno-econ
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The play Fiddler on the Roof depicts life of Jews in old Ukraine and specifically problems of assimilation and bigotry towards money merchants.
Unfortunately not much has changed since then and in fact recent events in Ukraine will make matters worse. In other words , Nuland and Kagan inadvertently are raising old fears and provoking ill feelings towards their own people in Europe and US as well. Comments on ZH certainly is evidence of rising religious bigotry spurred by the likes of Nuland/Kagan

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:36 | 4498492 ArrestBobRubin
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I've seen FOTR on Broadway, almost barfed. Just another boring Yid fairytale that seeks to conflate the normal response of good people to non-assimilating parasites and nation/culture/tradition destroying detritus that has been thrown out of every European country over the past 1100 years with irrational, latent hatred by their hosts.

Jew's arent "victims", it's serial crappy Jewish behavior that is (and has always been) the cause of their problems. Time to grow up Yiddies, stop blaming others for your wretched behvior practiced over and over and over again. What, we're not supposed to notice the pattern? Stop pointing crooked fingers and try looking within.

Over-hyped Jewish fairytales written by ethnocentric supremacists cannot be taken seriously. They're just how Jews try to ignore their documented history of shitty neighbor realtions and rationalize their often disgusting behavior over the centuries. They can't help themselves, it's just How They Roll. Much easier to blame others than face up to their own deficiencies and actually change for the better.  What we're now witnessing in the Ukraine is just the latest eruption of shitty Jewish behavior. We're not supposed to notice?

Believe and post what you want, but here at ZH, you're gonna get a basketball facial each time you try to throw up devious crap like this.  It's called Free Speech, and we do realize just how huge a threat that is to the Jewish racket. We also note how hard Jews are trying to destroy our God-given Freedom of Speech, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. Better to try to enslave another Gentile nation as debt peons than to admit the truth, eh? To treat others as Jews (rightly) demand to be treated themselves?

Did I mention disgusting?

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 15:46 | 4498112 Rafferty
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"What cannot be disassociated from Nuland's story is his Jewish background of persecution, scapegoating, immigration, and the Holocaust."


I can never understand every country does that to the poor unfortunate misunderstood Jews.  (scratchin' ma haid)

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:39 | 4498522 Kirk2NCC1701
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The irony is that Jews have never had better protection in the region than under Putin.

Exhibit A: "If you view Putin in the context of Russian history of the last 400 years... Putin is the least authoritarian, let's call him the most soft authoritarian of Russian rulers in centuries.  Putin has been the better for Jews than any leader in Russian history, and if you want evidence of that, just ask Israel." - Steven F Cohen, Prof. Emeritus of Russian Studies at NYU and Princeton, on Fareed Zakaria's show GPS on CNN, Sun, 3/2/2014. He just wrote an article in the magazine The Nation: "Media Malpractice: Putin, Sochi and Ukraine"

To the extent that an elite subset of Neocons and US Jews are anti-Putin masks their real agenda:  NWO.  World domination/control via King Dollar.  It's ALL about the hegemony of the Petro-Dollar, and the power, glory and lifestyles it provides for its true owners and their ilk.  Period.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:12 | 4497732 ArrestBobRubin
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So funny- - the kings of Khazaria (The Scammers of the Steppe) were known as Kagans. But I'm sure one has nothing to do with the other, right?

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 13:36 | 4497585 Arius
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Berezovsky - a traitor

fuck "nuland

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:14 | 4497741 matrix2012
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Poor Arius, what a joke you're...

placing the 'FUCK "NULAND"' at the bottom line won't save your a$$ from the down arrows!!! lol


toil harder your lines trolling around here

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:18 | 4497760 Arius
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i am not on payroll so the down arrows do not matter to me.  The truth yes, it does!i

with this crowd the down arrows show you are in the right path ....

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:27 | 4498495 TBT or not TBT
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Indeed. Ukraine is a hodgepodge of ethnic regions with one underlying commonality: poverty and deathbed demographics. The Crimea has been Russian for a long time and will stay that way. The pipelines will stay operating. Russia will take care of that. The geographic area we call Ukraine will continue to suck and decline, each wildly diverse ethnic region in its particular way.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:32 | 4498507 James_Cole
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with this crowd the down arrows show you are in the right path ....

haha yes most of the time

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:01 | 4497624 Renewable Life
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Ohhhhhhhh Bammer, this is shaping up to be another fucking major league embarrassment, that will put Syria to bed as a set back!!!

Looks like the Russians are the "good guys" again according to the Ukrainian Military huh????? So those Euromaiden freedom fighters, aren't the Thomas Jeffersons you thought you backed, after all????

Ain't Democracy a bitch Boyz???

God Putin, is having one hell of a good beginning to 2014, they must be just rolling around in the Kremlin laughing so hard, they can hardly see straight!!

And to think, we got 2.5 years more of the current clown show, before we get two choices again for another clown show!!! I gotta buy silver and gold faster!!

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:25 | 4497784 disabledvet
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bwhahahahaha. "proceeding like clockwork on all sides."

these folks in Kiev have done nothing wrong. I agree...they have ZERO support in a material sense right now....and forever i imagine.

I guess we'll just have to see how the "deal goes down" before we start writing about how it all will be remembered.
These folks overthrew their dictator.

Bwhahahahaha. "Zero Hedge screams GO DICTATAORS!" Pathetic.

I could actually write a script for "Putin and Co" in order to at least make this look like something that it so obviously is...but why bother?
The irony may be that "the President is having a hard time finding the words too."
Be curious to know if anyone here is from Chicago around here...or even has the slightest clue about Chicago politics. Everything you clowns are talking about here "won't go over very well out there." Even though in practical terms i agree with it 100 percent.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 15:45 | 4498101 AL_SWEARENGEN

I'm outside Chicago  The Uks in Kiev that supported the neo-nazis which ousted Ukraine's legitimate leader by force  are idiots.  Life if full of choices and the consequences of them.  Once this battle goes hot Putin will bring the criminals to justice.  Expect public lynchings so the message gets across. 

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 18:14 | 4498651 disabledvet
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thanks for the input "from South Side."

According to my sources on the "the North" "it's really quite academic actually."

Down 22 with no up has been pretty good for me of late.
According to the "Fincanical Times of Looooooondon" the "Admiral was fired earlier."

I have no problem with you obeying your elites either...move along.

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