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Ukraine Mobilizes After Putin ‘Declaration Of War’

From Reuters:

Ukraine mobilizes after Putin’s ‘declaration of war’

By Natalia Zinets and Alissa de Carbonnel | March 2, 2014

KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

Reuters nor anyone in the news media bother to mention it, but Russia has no such right, of course. Not under international law and not by its own treaties. In 1994, Ukraine, Washington and Moscow reached an agreement called the Budapest Memorandum, under which Ukraine gutted its army and destroyed all of its nuclear weapons. (Which involved dismantling 176 Intercontinental ballistic missiles — 130 SS-18s and 46 SS-24s — which carried about 1,800 nuclear warheads all together.)

In return, Russia and the signatory countries (Russia, the US, the UK, and later China and France) guaranteed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as an independent state. Including the legal status of the Crimea as part of Ukraine.

In the "Budapest Memorandum," the signatory countries promised that none of them would ever threaten or use force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine. They also pledged that none of them would ever use economic coercion to subordinate Ukraine to their own interest.

By violating that treaty, Putin is signaling that all of the agreements signed during what he calls Russia’s ‘period of weakness’ in the 1990’s are now null and void.

"This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said in English. Yatsenuik heads a pro-Western government that took power in the former Soviet republic when its Moscow-backed president, Viktor Yanukovich, was ousted last week.

Putin secured permission from his parliament on Saturday to use military force to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine and told U.S. President Barack Obama he had the right to defend Russian interests and nationals, spurning Western pleas not to intervene.

Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. On Sunday, they surrounded several small Ukrainian military outposts there and demanded the Ukrainian troops disarm. Some refused, leading to standoffs, although no shots were fired…

At least Reuters has finally dropped the pretense that these masked gunmen weren’t from Russia. Indeed, the fact these Russian soldiers don’t have any insignias on their uniforms or vehicles is a direct violation of international law, in itself. They are ‘terrorists’ under the definition of international law.

Ukraine’s security council ordered the general staff to immediately put all armed forces on highest alert. But Kiev’s small and under-equipped military is seen as no match for Russia’s superpower might…

Especially, since they gutted their army and destroyed their nuclear deterrent based on assurances from Russia and the West.

The Defence Ministry was ordered to stage a call-up of reserves, meaning theoretically all men up to 40 in a country with universal male conscription, though Ukraine would struggle to find extra guns or uniforms for significant numbers of them.

Kerry condemned Russia for what he called an "incredible act of aggression" and brandished the threat of economic sanctions…

This is the same old pattern with Democrats: ‘We can’t do military action. We need to try sanctions.’ But then we’re told that sanctions won’t hurt the government: ‘They will just hurt the people and us. So we can’t do sanctions. So we won’t do anything. — But at least we tried.’

If you have any doubts, just look at what is happening in Syria. Look at what has happened with Iran.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Ukraine Mobilizes After Putin ‘Declaration Of War’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I suspect Ukraine is okay with the Crimean peninsula being taken from them, and someone in the West (hint hint) has been whispering in their ear to let PUTIN have it .. because, the Ukraine military sure is taking its sweet sweet time to get its boots on and gas up the trucks ..

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    It now appears Joe Biden’s ‘spine of steel’ comments were really in reference to Obama’s putter.

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