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The AP Sobs: Ukraine is ‘Bullying’ Poor Crimea!

From the Associated Press:

Crimea besieged by Ukraine control of power, water

By LAURA MILLS | March 26, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (AP) — Within days of Crimea being swallowed up by Russia, the lights began flickering out. Officials in the peninsula accused Ukraine of halving electricity supplies in order to bully Crimea, which voted earlier this month in a referendum to secede and join Russia.

"Cutting supplies is an attempt by Kiev to blackmail Russia through Crimea," Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov wrote on his Twitter account.

Remember the outrage from the AP when Russia cut the gas and oil supplies to Ukraine all those times? Remember their outrage when Putin gouged Ukraine over the years by charging many times the going rate for gas and oil? — We don’t either.

But here we go. Our media guardians are beginning their demonization of Ukraine. (In fact, they have already been posting stories about how corrupt everyone is there.) So, clearly, Putin must teach the Ukrainians a lesson.

Aksyonov’s combative reaction reflects a sobering reality for Crimea: the strategic peninsula’s overwhelming reliance on electricity and water supplies from mainland Ukraine…

Huh. Then maybe all that talk about how Crimea has always been independent of Ukraine isn’t quite so accurate.

Crimea currently gets about 80 percent of its electricity and a similar share of its water needs from Ukraine. But Ukraine also needs to be careful not to hit Crimeans too hard over electricity and water. It cannot afford to be seen hurting ordinary people as it argues that the region remains part of its territory…

But it’s okay when Putin does it.

Ukrainian authorities have described power cutoffs to Crimea this week as simply the result of technical maintenance and insist they would do nothing to harm residents.

But we know they are liars. Why should an invasion keep them from being able to supply Crimea’s every need?

Russian officials have rushed to the rescue with hundreds of diesel generators and started drafting plans to connect the region’s electrical grid to mainland Russia, which is separated from Crimea by the Kerch Strait. They said a possible water shortage could be offset by more efficient use of existing resources…

What heroes the Russians are. Thank goodness they have intervened to help these poor victims of aggression.

Adversity for the peninsula may prove an opportunity for Ukraine, which is already signaling its intent to withdraw some of the state subsidies for essential resources that have kept prices relatively low…

You see? According to the AP, losing Crimea will actually turn out to be a good thing for Ukraine in the end.  It’s often said that journalism is the first draft of history. But this is how today’s news media re-writes history right before our eyes.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “The AP Sobs: Ukraine is ‘Bullying’ Poor Crimea!”

  1. yadayada says:

    wow, they sure rolled over quick when it became obvious that o’hole can’t /won’t do anything to deter Putin

    And , well “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords!”


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