Obama warned the elected government of the Ukraine to back off on defending itself against revolutionaries in the streets. Russia begs to differ with Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama. The red line has been crossed this morning. Your move Mr. Obama. I predict another speech and then he’ll play some basketball in the White House gym, put out a press release about the tremendous success of Obamacare, and do an interview with a liberal shrew on MSNBC about another executive order to force all businesses to raise the minimum wage to $10.12 per hour. He did a study and the the extra 2 cents will save the world and create 1 million new jobs.

Does this Fourth Turning seem to be calming down or heating up?

Pro-Russian Gunmen Seize Ukraine Crimean Parliament; Russia Puts Jets On High Alert; Hryvnia In Record Plunge

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All those clips we showed in the past few days of Russian forces amassing in the Crimean (such as this one)? Well, turns out they were all predictive of what has just happened in the Crimean region parliament at Simferopol, where around 120 pro-Russian Gunmen occupied the parliament building and raised the Russian flag. The scene was the site of Wednesday’s scuffles between Tatar groups and pro-Russian supporters. As Euronews reports, local Tatar leader Refat Chubarov posted that the buildings have been occupied by men in uniforms bearing “no recognisable insignia.” Kyiv says it would regard any movements by Russian military in Crimea outside Moscow’s Black Sea Base in Sevastopol as an act of aggression. Following the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych divisions in Ukraine have come to the fore. All this happens as Russian troops in the area are building up and at the same time as Russia put fighter jets on combat alert, according to Interfax.

The Russian flag flies atop the parliament building:

Euronews clarifies that the 120 men that seized Crimea parliament “have enough weapons to defend [the buildings] for a month” according an MP quoted by Interfax agency. Former Crimean Prime Minister and UDAR MP Serhiy Kunitsyn said to the agency that he spent all the night in contact with the armed group, “These professionally trained people are armed. They brought weapons – automatic weapons, grenade launchers, and machine guns,” he said, while speaking from the Ukraine parliament on Thursday.

According to Bloomberg, the group is allowing deputies to enter the legislature in the city of Simferopol for a possible vote on the status of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Center of Journalist Research said. Ukraine prosecutors began a terrorism probe. .

“Provocateurs are on the march,” Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook Inc. page as police cordoned off the block around parliament. “It’s time for cool heads, the consolidation of healthy forces and precise actions.”

At the same time Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s acting envoy in Kiev for immediate consultations.

“I am appealing to the military leadership of the Russian Black Sea fleet,” said Olexander Turchinov, acting president since the removal of Viktor Yanukovich last week. “Any military movements, the more so if they are with weapons, beyond the boundaries of this territory (the base) will be seen by us as military aggression

Reports Reuters:

There were mixed signals from Moscow, which put fighter jets along its western borders on combat alert, but earlier said it would take part in discussions on an International Monetary Fund (IMF) financial package for Ukraine. Ukraine has said it needs $35 billion over the next two years to stave off bankruptcy. The fear of military escalation prompted expressions of concern from the West, with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urging Russia not to do anything that would “escalate tension or create misunderstanding”.


Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski called the seizure of government buildings in the Crimea a “very dangerous game”.This is a drastic step, and I’m warning those who did this and those who allowed them to do this, because this is how regional conflicts begin,” he told a news conference.


It was not immediately known who was occupying the buildings in the regional capital Simferopol and they issued no demands, but witnesses said they spoke Russian and appeared to be ethnic Russian separatists.


Interfax news agency quoted a witness as saying there were about 60 people inside and they had many weapons. It said no one had been hurt when the buildings were seized in the early hours by Russian speakers in uniforms that did not carry identification markings.


“We were building barricades in the night to protect parliament. Then this young Russian guy came up with a pistol … we all lay down, some more ran up, there was some shooting and around 50 went in through the window,” Leonid Khazanov, an ethnic Russian, told Reuters. “They’re still there … Then the police came, they seemed scared. I asked them (the armed men) what they wanted, and they said ‘To make our own decisions, not to have Kiev telling us what to do’,” said Khazanov.


About 100 police were gathered in front of the parliament building, and a similar number of people carrying Russian flags later marched up to the building chanting “Russia, Russia” and holding a sign calling for a Crimean referendum. One of them, Alexei, 30, said: “We have our own constitution, Crimea is autonomous. The government in Kiev are fascists, and what they’re doing is illegal … We need to show our support for the guys inside (parliament). Power should be ours.”a

As a reminder, so far Putin has been silent on his views about the sovereignty of the Crimean region which is host to the critical Russian Sevastopol naval base. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ignored calls by some ethnic Russians in Crimea to reclaim the territory handed to then Soviet Ukraine by Soviet Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. The United States says any Russian military action would be a grave mistake. But Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Moscow would defend the rights of its compatriots and react without compromise to any violation of those rights.

Russian Lenta, citing the Crimean information agency, reports that the Crimean deputees have begun a referendum on the status of the Crimean autonomy, which is not quite a secession. Yet.

Elsewhere, Ukraine’s deposed president, who as we reported first some time ago had fled to Russia, reappeared, as expected in Russia, and claimed legitimacy to his post saying the Ukraine’s “mob” actions were illegal . From Reuters:

Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovich said on Thursday he was still the legitimate president of his country and that people in its southeastern and southern regions would never accept the “lawlessness” brought by leaders chosen by a mob. Russian news agencies quoted a statement by Yanukovich as saying he had asked Moscow to guarantee his personal safety.


The statement could not be independently verified and it was not clear where Yanukovich was, although some media groups have suggested he is in Moscow after fleeing Ukraine, where he was toppled by opposition forces at the weekend.


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said he had no information and could not comment on the statement.


“I, Viktor Fedorovich Yanukovich appeal to the people of Ukraine. As before I still consider myself to be the lawful head of the Ukrainian state, chosen freely by the will of the Ukrainian people,” he was quoted as saying.


“Now it is becoming clear that the people in southeastern Ukraine and in Crimea do not accept the power vacuum and complete lawlessness in the country, when the heads of ministries are appointed by the mob.”


“On the streets of many cities of our country there is an orgy of extremism,” he said, adding that he and his closest aides had been threatened physically.


“I have to ask the Russian authorities to provide me with personal safety from the actions of extremists.”


Russian television showed what it said was a copy of the statement.


Interfax news agency quoted a source in the authorities as saying Moscow would ensure Yanukovich’s safety on the Russian territory.


“In connection with the appeal by president Yanukovich for his personal security to be guaranteed, I report that the request has been granted on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the source was quoted as saying.

And just to make sure tensions reach a fever pitch, Interfax reported a few hours ago that Russian fighter jets along the Western Border were put on high alert:

The crews of fighter jets deployed in Russia’s Western Military Districts have been placed on high alert as part of surprise combat drills ordered by Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said.


“Our fighter jets are constantly patrolling the airspace over border districts,” the ministry said in a press release, seen by Interfax-AVN on Thursday. “As soon as they were put on high alert, aviation units of the Western Military District redeployed to their operative air fields,” it said.


At the moment, “the district’s bombers are tackling combat training tasks targeting an imaginary adversary at aviation training ranges,” the ministry said.

Not surprisingly, the Ukraine economy, already in critical condition, is shutting down and the Hryvnia is imploding: Ukraine’s currency weakened 10.3 percent to 11.2 per dollar at 12:21 p.m. in Kiev, the lowest level since it was introduced in 1996, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The central bank imposed capital controls this month to stem its decline.


  1. Don’t worry about it, this isn’t Rocky IV
    (these comments by the veep made me laugh)

    “We’re hoping that Russia will not see this as a sort of a continuation of the Cold War,” Kerry told Andrea Mitchell during an interview on her MSNBC show, Mitchell Reports. “We do not believe this should be an East-West, Russia-United States (battle). This is not Rocky IV, believe me. We don’t see it that way.”


  2. A regional event in eastern europe causes outside powers to pile in and cause a global conflict? I feel like I’ve seen this movie before…

    WW 1, WW 2, Crimean war. Am I forgetting anything?

  3. Putin is a soviet, and firmly believes in spreading the Soviet Empire’s power and influence across the globe.

    They have outmaneuvered us soundly in the political arena, and it looks like they are going to get a nice head start militarily as well.

  4. Am I the only one who hopes that Putin beats the living shit out of Obama, Kerry, and Hillary? That Putin embarrasses Obama, again, in front of the whole world and shows what a consummate incompetent fraud he is? That Putin will get Obama to make yet another impeachable offense, and this time actually impeach Obama? Hmmmm……


  5. Meanwhile, More Russian Military Vehicles Amass In The Crimean

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/27/2014 10:13 -0500

    While the IMF is promising a massive bailout to the Ukraine, and NATO is using the harshest language it can possibly muster to halt Russia in its tracks, Putin is doing what he does best: employing brute force (as seen below), and using even harsher language, to wit: RUSSIA: WEST MUST STOP MAKING PROVOCATIVE STATEMENTS ON UKRAINE.

    In photos:





  6. I don’t know about you guys but I am looking forward to utube dashcam videos from those Russian APC’s.

    AWD, I’m wit choo. I hope Putin kicks ass.

  7. Don’t worry, the media will handle Putin for obama, the media will always be there to protect and deceive.

    Even harry balls is saying (and the media swoons) that anyone complaining about the ACA, is a liar.
    Our insurance man sat in the office yesterday, our company policy was changed and will go up an average of $400 per fucking month per fucking employee. Thought my head was going to explode.

    Fuck harry reid fuck obama fuck pelosi fuck all progressive butt fucking shit covered cock sucking politicians.

    I hope Putin makes obama the laughing stock of the world, and our media tries to cover it up making him even more of a fool, if that is even possible.

    My only fear is to save his fucking reputation and preserve our “American values” the flag will wave, the drums will beat and more clueless youths will march off to die in some new war.

  8. :”Putin … firmly believes in spreading the Soviet Empire’s power and influence across the globe”
    —— TPC


    What about Amerika? Are we less guilty or more guilty than the Soviets?

  9. But Stuck, we are spreading democracy vs communism. That’s good, right? Sometimes you have to destroy a country to save it.

    How did mankind make it this far?

  10. So some guys with guns seized a building in the Crimea… whoop-dee-shit…

    Can’t assault the building? Fine. Cut the power, gas and water. Then seal them in with a ring of barricades, vehicles and armed men… let them stew for a couple days in their own shit because the toilets won’t flush and bitter cold because you cut off the electricity and gas.. once they go a few days without water, they won’t be so tough..

    And, if you’re in a real big hurry, do the above and then set fire to the building. You can always build another building…

    On the political front, Obongo should just shut the fuck up… not our business, not our fight… just go back to playing bad golf and shooting hoops like a fucking girl…

  11. Guilt? I’m not assessing guilt. Just correcting motivations. Most articles think that Putin is a harmless old bear who is just stealing from his own people.

    He is much more than that, and I think our weak ass spineless politicians will get bitch slapped hardcore.

  12. This situation is so appalling that I can’t find words for it. Obama is a dangerous lunatic, Kerry is a babbling idiot, Susan Rice should be a cleaning lady somewhere. We have stepped in a big pile of dog doo-doo and Putin is going to smear it all over our faces. I only hope to God that somebody has the sense to tell Obama to tuck his tail between his legs an slink off the stage.

  13. I hope that Putin won’t step back for a huge load of underground money from central bank to central bank, just like he did when the Kursk was sunk.
    I don’t really think so. we started to piss him in kosovo and he reacted with paratroops a tad late.
    the red line was crossed many times since Iraq, Lybia, Syria and let’s not forget the first Ukraine “orange” revolution. He showed in Georgia that he won’t take it anymore and that he can kick the living shit out of us anytime anywhere. remember the turkish plane downed by their troops in Syria.

    he has the power to do NATO the nasty big time, you can expect some civil unrest to be sparked in Russia anytime soon, and some terrorist attacks too.
    as I see it, russians will feed separatists in Crimea with cash and guns. if we don’t step back, some technology will reach Iran, that’s a given.

    Europe should seriously think about staying out of this crap. Russia is no more weak as it was 10 years ago, and naval supremacy is just an illusion.

  14. Ukraine Acting President Says Russia Has Invaded Ukraine, As 2000 Russian Troops, Military Jets Arrive

    Here we go:


    More from Interpretermag.com:

    “Under the guise of military exercises, Russia has brought troops into the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. And not only have they seized the parliament of the Crimea, the Council of Ministers of the Crimea, they are trying to take civilian buildings under control, communications, and trying to block places where Ukrainian soldiers are based,” he said in an appeal to the nation.

    “They are provoking us to military conflict. According to information from our intelligence, they are working out scenarios that are completely analogous to Abkhazia, when after provoking a conflict, they began annexation of territory,” the acting president emphasized.

    At the same time, Ukraine Pravda is reporting that Russian military planes are now landing in the Crimea.

    Russian airplanes are landing in Crimea from the direction of Russia, and a column of APCs is heading from the east toward Simferopol.

    There are reports of at least 5 large IL-76 planes landing in the district of the military airfield in the town of Gvardeyskoye.

    Various sources are reporting that a column of 10 Russian APCs is heading from Sevastopol toward Simfereopol.

    Interfax Ukraine reports that all air traffic is halted at the Belbek Airport in Sevastopol due to the seizure of the landing strip by unknown persons.

    “There are about 400 people now in the Belbek airport. They have occpuied the landing strip and any movement of planes is stopped,” said a source.

    Finally. AFP reports:


  15. Chief Nigger in Charge just appeared on teevee, for about 4 minutes

    “Ukrainian people should determine their own fate ……. Deeply concerned about Russian military movements …… …… ANY violation of Ukrainian sovereignty by Russia is disturbing ……. USA supports Ukrainian government, we commend their strength”

    Basically a warning to Russia that USA isn’t just going to watch

  16. I didn’t watch Obummer but what you describe sounds more like “we are far-away wimps who will not intervene, just talk tough.”

  17. At this point I could see some modest sanctions being applied to Russia but that’s it. Basically a wrist slap.

    One interesting development is that Russia is looking for air bases in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba.

  18. Why USA want to help support nazism in Ukrane? Those western ukranians are pro nazis ( not all of them but most ). obammer needs to open his eyes for once.

  19. I’ll put my bets on Obama, the US military, and our alliances on this one. I think we have this twink, Putin, in a box. He’s losing the Ukraine, except for the Crimea, and we (the CIA and EU) will soon have our men running the Ukraine and asking for the USA and EU to help with their economy and set up military bases against Russia. The Ukraine may play out slowly but it’s a big US win.

    Barack Obama desrves the Nobel Piece (of Russia) Prize with an oak leaf cluster.

    Next stop Syria, then Iran, and then more focus on the Far East where we have China surrounded.

    The Neocons have emphasized that this is the New American Century. I agree. We’re in the driver’s seat; we have the whip hand; and NeoCons and Our People, God’s Chosen People, will soon be ruling the world!

  20. Bardak Obummer will win worst president ever prize.
    Wait few more days, more and more parts of Ukrane will want to leave Ukrane and to stop that, “new Ukrane presisident” will have to use force, then what USA will say?

  21. @Zara, really sanctions?

    Then what would Europe do when their natural gas and oil stops flowing?

    Russia owns their asses, which is why it amuses me so when the EU enacts more regulations barring domestic companies.

    Russia also owns the pipelines that transmit crude from the oil sands to the US. Canada sold it to them when Ob ama decided to keep delaying the Keystone.

    They also sold China a bunch of rights to the oil, wonder what that is going to do to us?

    Nevermind, I’ll just go back to believing we are doing God’s work by killing innocents, invading sovereign states and telling the rest of the world what to do.

    “USA! USA! USA!”

  22. I am sad to be american today…So when we go to the all over the world, kill, bomb and do allother shit, it is ok, but if Russia does it, its evil? USA need to stfu and stay out of this crap…and Russia turn of friking gas to Evrope, dont wait till summer.

    1. “Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board and then struts around like it won the game.”


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