Thursday, April 17, 2014

NYT: Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Eastern Ukraine

"President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia’s historical claim to the territory, repeatedly referring to it as “new Russia” and saying that only “God knows” why it became part of Ukraine."
Speaking in a televised question-and-answer show, Mr. Putin also admitted for the first time that Russian armed forces had been deployed in Crimea, the disputed peninsula that Russia annexed last month immediately after a large majority of the population voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine.

During the question-and-answer show, Mr. Putin stressed that he had the authority to invade Ukraine, but that he hoped it would not be necessary.

“I remind you that the Federation Council has given the president the right to use armed forces in Ukraine,” he said, referring to the upper house of Parliament. “I really hope that I do not have to exercise this right and that by political and diplomatic means we will be able to solve all of the sharp problems.” (read more)


Unknown said...

What else does Putin want?

edutcher said...


PS "New Russia" = Grossdeutschland.

Trooper York said...

Putin is a gangster. He will take what he can get and he will keep pushing for more.

There is not much we can do about it. I guess we are lucky that we have an impotent incompetent jerk off as President. Someone else might try to intervene and get us in big trouble.

Chip Ahoy said...

I'm imagining Reid studying this with great interest.

Imagine Reid and Putin bouncing along like pals on a bulldozer.

Or perhaps co-operating a toy claw grab machine.

PIcture it real hard.

Good. Now I don't have to make one.

Aridog said...

What's Putin want? Uhm, it is getting worse day by day.

No Godwin alert necessary...because it seems to be really happening now. Please, some one tell me this is a hoax.

Trooper York said...

This is not a hoax. Putin will take what he wants and there is nothing we can do to stop him. He is like a James Bond villain. We are just lucky that he doesn't want to annex New Jersey.

Trooper York said...

It makes sense for Putin to curry favor with the Muslims by attacking the Jews.

It certainly will make Obama think kindly of him.

They share an interest in taking down the Jews a peg here and there. I am surprised that Obama doesn't have the IRS force the Jews to register for "special treatment." That is what he learned back in the madrassa in Indonesia when he was an impressionable young boy.

Amartel said...

The suggestion in that article posted yesterday about taking out 100 of the top bureaucrats and cronies is sounding very logical.

virgil xenophon said...

To Obama the Jew registration thing is a feature, not a bug. I'm sure he'll allow Putin all the "flexibility" he needs.

Lydia said...


About that Jewish registration requirement in Ukraine -- it's likely more of Putin playing the Jewish card big time. From the Jewish Daily Forward:

"The goal of the Kremlin’s propaganda campaign is to weaken public support for the Ukrainian revolution in Europe and the United States by 'playing the Jewish card' and conjuring up images of pogroms. It is based on the assumption that Jews are well-represented in the opinion-making elite of the US, and that the European Union is deeply sensitive to Holocaust memory, xenophobia and racism. Since anti-Semitism has figured prominently in Ukrainian history, and the junior partner in the revolution, the Svoboda party, is in fact anti-Semitic, the campaign has just enough basis in reality to dampen Western support for the new regime in Kiev."

Aridog said...

Howe does this "Pro-Russian" group in Donetsk who oppose the rebel government in Kiev use the Jewish card to hurt the ordinary Ukrainians and the current government in Kiev?

Did I miss something?

Lydia said...

You're right. This Jewish registration hoax plays against the pro-Russian Ukrainians, doesn't it?

I'm getting confused by who's doing which propaganda!

Never mind.

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