Russian Forces Storm Ukraine Naval Base In Crimea: Klitschko Calls For Ukraine Troop Withdrawal

Tyler Durden's picture

It only makes sense that now that Crimea is officially Russian territory once again, that the Russians would do with it as they see fit. Which they did. Overnight Russian troops and unarmed men stormed Ukraine's naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol and raised the Russian flag in what Reuters described as "a tense but peaceful takeover that signals Moscow's intent to neutralize any armed opposition." Russian soldiers, and so-called "self-defense" units of mainly unarmed volunteers who are supporting them across the Black Sea peninsula, moved in early in the morning and quickly took control.

Keep in mind that this took place the day after the Ukraine military authorized its forces to use weapons to defend themselves if attacked. Considering that they did not do that is only further evidence of just how seriously Putin and Russian generals take any attempts by Ukraine to "defend" itself.

And yet in what is certainly an invitation for future provocations, shortly after the incident, Ukraine's acting Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh said in Kiev that the country's forces would not withdraw from Crimea even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to make it part of Russia.

But an hour later, Ukrainian servicemen, unarmed and in civilian clothing, began walking out of the headquarters. As NBC added, "about a dozen Ukrainian servicemen were later pictured being led out of the base."

More from Reuters:

The first group of servicemen was followed within a few minutes by a handful of troops in Ukrainian uniform, looking shell-shocked at the dramatic turn of events. "This morning they stormed the compound. They cut the gates open, but I heard no shooting," said Oleksander Balanyuk, a captain in the navy.


"This thing should have been solved politically. Now all I can do is stand here at the gate. There is nothing else I can do," he told Reuters, appearing ashamed and downcast.


Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported that Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet which is based in Sevastopol, had been involved in talks at the headquarters. Viktor Melnikov, in charge of the "self-defence" unit, said talks were going on to negotiate a surrender.


"We've had difficult negotiations with the command here," he told reporters. "Some Ukrainian servicemen are already leaving, without their uniforms, but there was no violence." A Reuters reporter saw three armed men, possibly Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms, at the gate and at least a dozen more inside the compound.

Yet for all the ongoing posturing, the situation on the ground appears to have calmed down:

In Crimea's main city, Simferopol, where one Ukrainian serviceman was killed after a shooting on Tuesday, the situation was calm on Wednesday.


It was the first death on the Black Sea peninsula from a military clash since the region came under Russian control three weeks ago. Ukrainian prime minister Yatseniuk denounced it as a "war crime".


Aksyonov, Crimea's pro-Moscow leader, suggested the incident was the fault of "provocateurs" opposed to the annexation of the region to Russia.


"Unfortunately, two people were killed," he said, speaking in Moscow. "I'm sure we will find these scoundrels. The security service of the Crimean Republic is investigating."

But nowhere is the resignation within Ukraine's acting political leadership more evident than in a statement just uttered by potential presidential candidate and former boxer, Vitali Klitschko:


More appeasement of Putin: will it result in the annexation of east Ukraine? Surely. The only question is when.

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dirtyfiles's picture

dont fuck with Putin

GetZeeGold's picture



Could just go with Plan B....starvation....worked pretty good last time.


Of course we have the Internet we'd probably hear about that.

fx's picture

Tyler, can you ever stop this neo-con bullsh!t of Putin planning to annex each and every place on earth??? You lose tremendously in credibility while you play the propaganda drum for the very people in DC who started this Ukrainian mess in the first place and thereby FORCED putin into actions he could and would not havee done otherwise...

GetZeeGold's picture



So Putin didn't say he wanted the USSR back yesterday?


I'm pretty sure I heard him say that. If he didn't want us to know that...he probably shouldn't have said it.


I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing however. I doubt it was a slip of the tongue.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

At the end of Putin's speech yesterday, they played L'Internationale, the official anthem of communism and the national anthem for the USSR until 1944.

quintago's picture

He's just fucking with you. Relax.

GetZeeGold's picture



Yeah.....everyone knows what a big kidder Vlad is.


The first 4 weeks of KGB training is just spent on honing your one liners.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


He's just fucking with you. Relax.

He probably did it to see if he could trigger Grandpa Traitor McCain's apoplexy on The Stroke Talk Express.

Imagine the fun he'll have taunting Hysterical Hillary.

Cygnus Nigri's picture

Watching this I get the mental picture of a cat sitting in a cage of hamsters batting them about as they scurry in terror.

Bearwagon's picture

Well you may be right, and in fact heard him say that. But after investing a notable amount of time with help from a fluent russian speaking friend I can seriously state that he definitely didn't say anything like that in his speech at the kremlin yesterday. Elsewhere - maybe ...

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Moreover, Tyler should provide real facts: it was two people that were killed in Simferopol yesterday - one serviceman in the Ukraine installation (that btw, was about to go over to the "dark" side) and one Russian, a member of the "self-defense" units (most probably former Berkut as most of them fled mainland Ukraine after they were dismissed by the Neonazi 'government')

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Nice bit of sarcasm, that not everyone appreciates, it seems.  However...

In 1991, when Slovenia became the first break-away of old Yugoslavia, and the mostly-Serb populated military base (city garrison) in the capital of Ljubljana first decided to "dig in", the new Slovenian DOD told them:  "We don't need your old, crappy garrison.  Stay as long as you like.  Oh, BTW, no Utilities:  No water, no sewer service, gas, electricity or phones."  They cleared out a few days later, w/o a single shot being fired.

Imagine if they had an internet and smart phones back then, which would get cut?  Why, they'd cave even faster!

If our MIC/DOD ran the show, you couldn't get out of there, without a major war cranking up the body-bag count and the national debt.  After all, it's not their money or their kids being used in their vain little board games.  It's YOUR kids and your Money-as-Debt, your Debt-as-Taxes that are being used.  I swear that the "Anunaki" could not be more calculating and ruthless as these... "Clingons".  And you know how Kirk feels about Klingons.

codecode's picture

please don't bother Obummer with this today - he's working on his b-ball bracket picks

Independent's picture

I think the guys holding out in the base saw the video of the signing of the accession of Crimea to Mother Russia and the know you dont get between a mother bear and its cub, so they packed up and shipped out.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

O:  If you like your Crimea, you can keep your Crimea. 

And Eric (Holder) tells me that he wants a Selfie with Crimea's new AG, Natalia Poklonskaya.  He wants it Fast & Furiously, he says.  I'd get one, if the Wookie would let me.

kridkrid's picture

We all need to overcome our conditioning which tells us that things are always black and white, good vs. evil, republican vs. democrat, etc. The very warranted anti-US, anti-imperialism, anti-Obama perspective that exists here would be well served to not morph into something pro-putin. They are all sociopaths.

TheReplacement's picture

Wow, only one red (not me).  You go gurl.

Putin for dictator... oh wait... we have our own.

Terminus C's picture

I love how some Putin/Obama/Left-Right Paradigm Shill down voted you.  It is amazing how badly the sheep need someone to lead them.

The sheep need a mesiah, it is hard wired.

Ifigenia's picture

You are probably right, all those "leaders" are just fighting for their interests and want the sheeps sympathy to fight for them. But why Tyler didnt mention this accident with sniper involve? Is tyler working for some leader? or isnt good to report news from two side and let the sheeps choose?

"Crimea local police and the Prosecutor’s office are briefing on the shooting at the Ukrainian military topography and navigation center in Simferopol on Tuesday, in which two people were killed. At least one sniper is suspected to be behind the attack." in RT

Element's picture

Yes, Tyler is working for CHAOS, he is a very wicked man, with a finger in all pies, and ... and ... a real prick too!

Feel better? Is there anything else you'd like on a headline?

Here's an idea, apply for contributor status, and write a few posts, and we'll all read them and hold you to the same standards you expect.

Seriously, do it, it might be worthwhile.

fightthepower's picture

Putin is the only one that stands between the NWO taking over the world and the slight possiblity of freedom.  I think that is why many here are hoping he wins. 

mccvilb's picture

A Must Read by Michael Colhaze about Putin, McCain, Soros, Obama, the EU. Georgia, the Ukraine and the disenfranchised.

Seize Mars's picture

Hey, let's all become Zionists! Will it help my career? Can I now obtain the business funding I need?

Independent's picture

Sure I can tell you how to get funding, set up a web page asking Christians for money to repatriate some Jews to Israel from whatever butfuck place you cant think up of.  Then buy some web adds on some news sites and you soon will roll in the cash

Independent's picture

The Rabbi will take your foreskin as a deposit lol

countryboy42's picture

I thought that was just the tip.

Element's picture

Careful, give them an inch and they take a mile.

Bearwagon's picture

How about a two thousand years old ramshackle wall?!  ;-)

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Funny you'd say that, but a school friend of one of my kids is planning to do just that, to help her get through college.

She's quite cunning and competitive anyway, I'm told, so playing for the "winning team" (her words) doesn't seem like a biggie.

PlusTic's picture

sounds good, let's take advice form a guy who gets hit in the head for a living...

has to be sound advice :O

rsnoble's picture

Pretty sure he has a playlist just like Obama.

GetZeeGold's picture



Not so much a play list. Rather merely suggestions.


Obama is pretty flexible since the elections.

SpanishGoop's picture

No, from a movie star is much better.....

Uncle Remus's picture

As opposed to someone who gets bitch-slapped for a living - in the international spotlight.

TheReplacement's picture

You can lose your bases and get your men back alive or you can lose your bases and get your men back in pieces.  The boxer understands the reality of this fight.

hot sauce technician's picture

Who cares what he does for a living? Common sense is common sense, even if it comes from a horse. Crimea isn't justification enough for the Ukrainians to get into a bloody confrontation with a more numerous and powerful foe that is Russia. Ukrainians' liberty isn't at stake, nor is this some "holy" land. It just might be rich in some natural resources. Nothing worth dying for.

johny2's picture

Nulland will be furious these soldiers surrendered peacefully.

rsnoble's picture

This should give McCain a heart attack. I hope.

GetZeeGold's picture



Chief wacko bird.....and so so fighter pilot.

mccvilb's picture

Are you talkin'about our Reverse Ace? He crashed so many planes the Navy wouldn't let him near anything faster than a trainer.

New_Meat's picture

"But an hour later, Ukrainian servicemen, unarmed and in civilian clothing, began walking out of the headquarters. As NBC added, "about a dozen Ukrainian servicemen were later pictured being led out of the base."

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

- Ned

Rakshas's picture

How many casualties in Crimea so far?? The Coward in Chief double taps a Yemeni village market before tee off and then the little man minge has the gall to lecture The Putin ......... fucktard.

greatbeard's picture

>> How many casualties in Crimea so far?

Ours (US)? None.  Good.  How many US soldiers would you like to see dead over there?

Rakshas's picture

Is this a riddle, like if a plane crashes on the border of mexico and texas where do they bury the survivors?? 

Ok, lets assume ya wanna play lets bitch slap the jamtart - using the if a tree falls in the forest and there's nobody there to hear it does it make a sound meme - the answer to your question is None since there will be no US personnel there to catch a bullet in the first place nor should there ever be at the behest of the Murder Inc or if you prefer War Criminals-R-US. The blood of American men and women in uniform should never be spilled on any of these lands............ period. 

However should American, British, French - I know right but maybe they grew up in Quebec - Canadian or Austrailian personnel find themselve taking up arms in the Ukraine or Crimea  then you pays your money and takes your chances - in that event and in defence of thier homeland the defenders would be within reasonable rights to kill all that come until they come no more.

That tired meme of we have to fight them over there or we will be fighting them here doesn't wash unless you are a North American Native  person.  

So how about you, you got anybody you love you're willing to send ? I think it can be said of all wars - the wrong people end up dying......



A little reminder of a land that fought back but the wrong people died....



TheReplacement's picture

How many would otherwise become corrupt or thuggish cops?  Just send those.

Dr. Engali's picture

President Zero responds with a note warning Putin if he keeps it up Zero is going to get really mad and send the Wookie over to spend some special time with him.

XAU XAG's picture

I think Europe should join Russia.................all would be sorted

Ghordius's picture

actually, the unspoken clear and present danger is that eventually Russia joins the EU. you know, that "thing" that everybody talks about yet so few understand

harsh words for Klitschko... would it be preferrable if he was calling for a defence of every inch?

in all this Putin-mania lots of people just like to forget that the biggest polarizing issue between Ukrainian nationals was language

and that when you speak Russian, a Ukrainian speaker understands 80%-90%, and vice versa

add to that the fact that of the two nations is considered the mother culture of the other...