US Official Claims 6,000 Russian Troops In Complete Control Of Crimea - Crisis Map Update

Tyler Durden's picture

While the images and local news have been suggesting that Russia is in control on the Crimean peninsula, US officials (according to Bloomberg) have confirmed this:

  • *RUSSIAN FORCES IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF CRIMEA: U.S. OFFICIAL
  • *RUSSIA HAS 6,000 TROOPS IN CRIMEA, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS
  • *KERRY TO REAFFIRM SUPPORT FOR UKRANIAN SOVEREIGNITY, PSAKI SAYS

Obama, Merkel, and Cameron are now on a conference call to discuss this "fact" and officials have just reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kiev tomorrow (though we suspect not Sevastopol):

  • U.S. IS FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS ON UKRAINE, NOT ON ANY POSSIBLE U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTION, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS
  • *U.S. CONSIDERING SANCTIONS ON RUSSIAN BANKS, OFFICIAL SAYS

 

 

Via AFP

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TahoeBilly2012's picture

Oh goodie Kerry is going to chuck some molotovs and show Occupy what pussies they are/were.

max2205's picture

Thats like moving 100 troops to Manhattan and saying they have Complete control

Divided States of America's picture

Is kerry going there to play peacekeeper or is he there to give the russian troops something to laugh at?

DeadFred's picture

I for one am very thankful that Kerry is on our side. I would hate to have him throwing stern words at me!

palmereldritch's picture

+1

I understand Glenn just loves the internet

http://www.progressivegazette.com/2014/01/glenn-greenwald-designates-tar...

Wonder how his sarcasm is holding up now?

ArrestBobRubin's picture

Greenwald, Taibbi, Scahill: you boys are on double secret probation. We'll be watching carefully.

jeff montanye's picture

that pierre o. was funding the ukrainian opposition has been public knowledge since 2011; he posted it on his website.  boiling frogs is a positive addition to the world, imo, but this may not be the most vital story it ever carried.

snowden is in moscow, pierre o. funds moscow's opponents.  i don't see the natural match.

for greenwald's take see  https://firstlook.org/theintercept/dispatches/

greenwald's not perfect but he seems to be pissing off the right people.  ditto on taibbi.

palmereldritch's picture

Snowden better hope he's not a triple agent because historically things don't tend to fare well for them.

As for Taibbi, he's a slanderous weasel disparaging the 9/11 Truth Movement, so in my books he's a low-life.

You judge a tree by it's fruits:

So what do you really got Snowden/Greenwald/Taibbi?
(Other than funding by ostensible Soros-type Globalist operatives...)

Dude should really be spending more time on offense than defense considering all the ammunition he's sitting on but not using....

Zadig's picture

I agree about Greenwald.  He has been consistently anti-war and anti-police state since he started writing.  That definitely doesn't apply to 99% of the people in the major media. 

semperfidelis's picture

China agrees with Russia and is on the way to Taiwan.

semperfidelis's picture

I really don't think Crimea is a done deal for Russia.

boogerbently's picture

...and, AGAIN, obama will be made to look like the balless bitch that he is.

Not that I'm for engagement. I'm for him NOT talking shit. Not saying things he has NO intention of backing up.

Was it T.Roosevelt that said "Walk softly, but carry a big stick" ?

Georgiabelle's picture

Actually, what TR said was "Speak softly and carry a big stick". Unfortunately for the Ukraine, the "red line" in Syria was drawn with disappearing ink and now the whole world knows that Obama speaks softly and carries no stick. 

LawsofPhysics's picture

What's truly funny is the the U.S.S.A also claims to be solvent as well.  What Russia's Debt:GPD ratio again?

Lore's picture

Interesting how many comments on ZH seem controlled -- poorly.  ALL PLANTS, REPORT IN!  You all know who you are... Don't you? 

Is anybody else sick of juvenile banter and television-grade disinformation parroted day in and day out on other sites?  Wouldn't it be nice to focus again on real drivers behind current affairs, like gas fields, pipeline geography, psychopathic control freaks, PNAC, central bank franchises, fascist puppetry, debt, and "global warming?" 

...That last bit was a joke. Laugh!

jeff montanye's picture

obama sometimes doesn't speak softly.  he noted "turns out i'm really good at killing people". 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/03/obama-drones-double-down_n_4208...

just as long as they are very far away, somebody else actually kills them, and there is very little chance their allies can get at him.

on the bright side, maybe obama will make it so the russians can't sell their oil or gas for dollars, just gold, like he tried on the iranians.  didn't think so.

capitallosses's picture

Reggie Love would beg to differ.

Anusocracy's picture

Probably not.

It's possible there will be assorted false flag operations to sort through.

European American's picture

Yes the ZIonist Israli/American infiltrators, in that region, will probably light the next power keg in the region, i.e. MOLODOVA, where tempers between the Romanians and the Russians are ready to erupt.

 

Watch Molodova, MOLODOVA.

Karl von Bahnhof's picture

Whole Crimea, without one shot!

Thanks to "polite people"

This is a Victory! And there will be more soon!

Anusocracy's picture

Time for Crimea to play the Velvet Divorce card.

European American's picture

Thanks to "polite people"

 

Imagine if America's Fascist Police took note? Protect and Serve? Peacekeepers?

piliage's picture

Word on the street is that his strongly written letters are truly earth-moving in their eloquance. Perhaps we can offer him in trade to the EU for a one-year 2 zone Oyster card? I think we'd be getting more value in the deal.

nmewn's picture

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kiev tomorrow (though we suspect not Sevastop)

ROTFL!!!...Christmas in Sevastopol.

"I remember Christmas of 2014 sitting on a gunboat off the Crimea. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Russian's and Ukrainians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in the Ukraine. I have that memory which is seared -- seared -- in me."

Seared...seared into me...lol.

 

Tortfeasor's picture

Next, the strongly painted pictures

PrintemDano's picture

This just in, Obama has actually "UNFRIENDED PUTIN ON FACEBOOK"......Who said Obama is a spineless jellyfish.  This is a BIG step.

 

nmewn's picture

Holy crap, the next step is Obama sending a selfie shooting him the bird!!!

This will not end well ;-)

Chaos_Theory's picture

Didn't you see LongFace on the Sunday morning BS fests?  He's going to ban Visas!  I know that would really really make me second guess my nation's grand strategy. 

knukles's picture

What!
No more credit cards?
How'm I gonna frauduently charge more Bitcoins?

Son of Loki's picture

A year ago all these Ukrainians were living peacefully together doing their daily things....cooking, driving, baking, shopping, etc.

What happened?

Rafferty's picture

PNAC.  V. Nuland's husband was a leading light in the project, which kicked off with the 9/11 attack.

nmewn's picture

Oh the usual, the government (and its cronies) were stealing from them (see former prez's gold stash) and they wanted closer ties to the west...then it ordered people holding peaceful demonstrations against that theft and sentiment to disperse, then passed a law making it illegal to protest that theft & inclination, then started shooting them down.

And here we are ;-)

 

jimmytorpedo's picture

Nmewn, you forgot the part where the 'peaceful protestors' who were paid to protest by the US (15 euros/20 if a student) were hijacked by the nationalist (nazi) right wing who broke into the armoury and took over the peaceful protest and now the American Neocons don't want egg on their face (it would take a lot of eggs to cover Kerry's face) so they can't back down from supporting the Ukrainian Nazi's who have made it illegal to speak Russian even though the south east of Ukraine are former Russina provinces given to the Ukraine in the '50's to dilute said Nazi's who helped Hitler fight the Russians in the '40's.

It's all very simple when you factor in the American Hegemony Neocons have no fucking clue about history (Ukraine hasn't really been independant since the 1400's), culture (almost half of Ukraine self identify as Russian) geography (where is Ukraine and why can't they be our debt serfs anyway?) and etiquette (why don't the Russians want us to put nukes on their border?)

I can't believe dipshits like Barry are going to cause WWIII. I would rather die from tetanus.

nmewn's picture

Well, thats a fairly run-on paragraph/sentence...lets break it down.

Nmewn, you forgot the part where the 'peaceful protestors' who were paid to protest by the US (15 euros/20 if a student)

You have proof of this, of course?

"...were hijacked by the nationalist (nazi) right wing"

One has to be a rightwing socialist to be nationalist? The nazis were socialists by the way or Gregor Strasser (a dyed in the wool nazis) was lying. to the world..lol:

"We are socialists. We are enemies, deadly enemies, of today’s capitalist economic system with its exploitation of the economically weak, its unfair wage system, its immoral way of judging the worth of human beings in terms of their wealth and their money, instead of their responsibility and their performance, and we are determined to destroy this system whatever happens!"

Whoopsie, big difference from lounging under a tree watching everyone else work (the current communist/socialist ideal) and being forced to vork by zeee state, wouldn't you agree?

"...who broke into the armoury..."

"...and took over the peaceful protest..."

No one shot at government forces until they were fired upon.

"...and now the American Neocons don't want egg on their face (it would take a lot of eggs to cover Kerry's face)"

lol...agree on Kerry but the US, outside of the Budapest Memo, has no dog in the fight...Putin already broke it, read the memorandum of understanding for the Ukraine giving up its nukes.

"...so they can't back down from supporting the Ukrainian Nazi's..."

Again.

"...who have made it illegal to speak Russian even though the south east of Ukraine are former Russina provinces..."

Provinces? The whole of Ukraine was recognized as a distinct country by, wait for it, Russia. After the "utopian" communist Soviet Unions collapse.

"...given to the Ukraine in the '50's to dilute said Nazi's who helped Hitler fight the Russians in the '40's."

If it was given, its no longer Russian or the non-existent Soviet Union property...right?

That would make it, the Ukraine.

A long way to get to here, but thanks for helping me sort through it ;-)

jimmytorpedo's picture

I should have included the

/f

for facetious. I thought the run on sentence might indicate it as such.

The only thing I'm sure of are the last two sentences.

nmewn's picture

lol...he won't start WWIII with his brothers and you won't die of tetanus.

More than likely you'll die of old age, in a socialistic, government run "healthcare facility" so drugged up on morphine to fight off the pain of your multiple illnesses you'll be grateful you couldn't get out of bed to watch me being dismembered in the public square.

Sometimes lives end, just like that ;-)

jeff montanye's picture

the ukraine was part of the russian empire and the ussr for about as long as the u.s. has existed.  both krushchev and breshnev came from ukraine.  over three quarters of the population of crimea and far eastern ukraine speak russian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine#Language).  

perhaps it's not such a good idea to attempt to encircle russia with an opposing military alliance (nato).  russia is touchy about invasions.  about the time they got over napoleon, hitler tried it and russia lost about one of every eight people.  decimate means one in ten.

obama is good at reading (and perhaps writing) speeches.  this other stuff seems over his head, even if not above his pay grade.

nmewn's picture

Its way over his head historically. On other levels, its right where he's at.

The Boy King isn't fooling anyone around here, not to worry ;-)

silvermail's picture

"

A year ago all these Ukrainians were living peacefully together doing their daily things....cooking, driving, baking, shopping, etc.

What happened?"

In their country came freedom and democracy of USA.

http://rutube.ru/video/eec8383cec287220988301ae9e31d0ce/

Lore's picture

Re: "freedom and democracy"

Is that sarcasm?

Interesting to see injured protestors and injured police helped by other protestors AND police.

boogerbently's picture

He meant "Exit Visas", he's tired of losing high dollar taxpayers !

indygo55's picture

Gonna get his other eye blackened.

Wahooo's picture

None of the above. He's going there to drink fine vodka and eat caviar. And when the sumptuous party is over, he'll climb back into his jet and leave.

Jorgen's picture

Thats like moving 100 troops to Manhattan and saying they have Complete control

With the overwhelming support of the local populace (including local security forces and military personnel), it doesn't take many troops to take control over the territory.

Independent's picture

I predict Odessa will be the BIG Flashpoint and we will see casualties there.  Its the only remaining port the West Ukrainians have a shot at, that is why they sent the ships there. But the region and city has many Russians.  It will be the first destination for NATO special forces masquerading as new Ukraine army.  The region around Odessa connects to Moldovan Transniester breakaway republic which has many many loyal Russian citizens that need an umbillical cord connection to Mother Russia

Forgot to mention Odessa has the hottest women in EUROPE, any Euro mercenary will gladly fight for some hot p***y