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Bron: ->> http://rt.com/news/ukraine-nuclear-arsenal-threat-314/Calls in Kiev to ‘regain nuclear status in six months’
Unable to resolve tensions with the largely pro-Russian autonomous region of Crimea, Kiev is bombarding Moscow with accusations and warnings. Some politicians have even threatened to restock Ukraine’s nuclear arsenal.
Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil.
Throughout Friday, Russian diplomats and the military had to refute media speculation and explain that the armed people at the Crimean airports in Simferopol and Sevastopol weren’t Russian troops.
“There are no troops whatsoever. No Russian troops, at least… Some civilians claiming to be representing groups of ‘self-defense of Crimea’ arrived at Simferopol airport overnight, but they retreated and nothing happened,” Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told Euronews.
The Russian Black Sea fleet has been stationed in Sevastopol since the 18th century. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union it remained there, according to an agreement between Russia and Ukraine.
Any movements of the Russian military within Crimea are in line with the existing arrangements with Ukraine on the deployment of military assets in the former Soviet republic, Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.
“We have an arrangement with Ukraine about the stationing of the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol and we are acting within the framework of that agreement,” Churkin told reporters.
The ultra-right “Svoboda” (Liberty) party has remained unconvinced, with one of its representatives in the Ukrainian parliament warning that if Russia doesn’t tread carefully it will be dealing with a nuclear power.
"We’ll regain our status as a nuclear power and that’ll change the conversation. Ukraine has all the technological means needed to create a nuclear arsenal – which would take us about three to six months,” Svoboda party MP Mikhail Golovko said.
The rhetoric, which contradicts the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty Ukraine signed in 1994, is not new for the Svoboda party, one of the driving forces behind the Maidan uprising. Its leader, Oleg Tyagnibok, already promised that the country would go nuclear while he was running for the presidency in 2009.
But how feasible is the prospect of Ukraine ‘regaining nuclear status’?
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, former republics Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan agreed to either dispose of or send over to Russia their nuclear arsenals, which they held while being part of the USSR.
In 1994 a trilateral agreement was signed by the presidents of the United States, Russia and Ukraine, stipulating the process of Kiev’s nuclear disarmament. In 1996 Ukraine officially lost its nuclear status, having gotten rid of the whole of its stockpile.
But the country still draws almost half of its energy from atomic power, and is home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant.
While the uranium Ukraine gets from Russia for its reactors is low-enriched, reactor waste is quite enough to make a so-called dirty bomb. The country possesses manpower and know-how to do that as well as delivery vehicles for nuclear payload, which don’t have to be too sophisticated.
The Ukrainian MP’s nuclear rhetoric is highly counterproductive amid the current turmoil, political and economic analyst Martin Seiff from The Globalist news website said.
“These threats are probably extreme, irresponsible bluff, but it’s very alarming to hear them being made in the first place,” he told RT. “The new government which has now emerged in Kiev and other figures, like this opposition MP, need to act in a responsible manner to earn the deserved respect, trust and cooperation of the international community. That comment is disastrously counterproductive and should be seen as such.”
American geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser takes the comment more seriously, in view of the financial aid the US and EU have been promising the new Ukrainian government.
“The money that we can’t use to feed the poor and the hungry in the United States and in Europe – that money is going to support Nazis in Ukraine with nuclear ambitions, who are looking to destabilize the region, and whose sole goal is the destruction of Russia,” Draitser told RT.
So far the US has been hard on nations it suspected of a nuclear build-up, like Iran. It would be curious to see how it reacts in case the idea of restocking nuclear arsenal gains popularity with more politicians in Kiev.
Bron: ->> http://investigator.org.ua/news/120776/Авиатехника из Новофедоровки передислоцирована на континент
Боевые вертолеты и самолеты 10-й Сакской морской авиабригады Военно-Морских сил Украины (с.Новофедоровка, Крым) перелетели на континент, чтобы не допустить захвата российскими военными. Об этом сообщает глава Крымского медиа-центра Минобороны Украины Владислав Селезнев.
«Сегодня пока россияне после очередного словесного прессинга и морального наезда да бодания отдыхали, распивая чай, авиационная техника бригады была поднята в небо: на запасной аэродром улетели самолеты транспортной авиации, флотские вертолеты и летающие лодки Бе-12″, — написал он в своем блоге в Facebook, передает Интерфакс-Украина.
В.Селезнев добавил, что авиатехника уже прибыла к месту временной дислокации.
Сотрудник Минобороны отметил, что с начала конфликта авиабригаду блокировали три десятка автоматчиков РФ, а с воскресенья к ним добавилось около полусотни военнослужащих Псковской дивизии ВДВ РФ. По его словам, российские военные всячески провоцируют на обострение диалога, требуя сдаться, сложить оружие и перейти на сторону новой крымской власти, однако флотский коллектив под руководством подполковника Игоря Гедзая остался верен присяге и народу Украины.
Помимо того живым щитом стали местные жители: жены, родные, близкие и знакомые, сообщил В.Селезнев.
Согласно данным «Крымской газеты» по состоянию на май 2013 года, созданная в 2008 году 10-я Сакская морская авиабригада состоит из морской авиационной и морской вертолетной. На вооружении – семь транспортных и противолодочных самолетов и десять вертолетов разных типов.
Bron: ->> http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014 ... -in-CrimeaPRO-RUSSIANS ATTACK PRO-UKRAINIANS IN CRIMEA
Pro-Russians in Crimea viciously attacked and beat up pro-Ukrainians Sunday morning.
Ben Brown from the BBC described the attack:
It started peacefully. Ukrainians – many of them middle-aged women – waved flags and sang songs to celebrate the birth 200 years ago of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko. They see him as the father of the Ukrainian language.
But by the end of the rally, pro-Russian demonstrators had turned up to gatecrash the celebrations. A line of young men and Cossacks with whips stood and glared at the rally menacingly – tension rose, and arguments broke out, both sides telling each other that Crimea is "our country."
Then it turned nasty, very nasty. The pro-Russians chased a group into a nearby car park. First, they set upon the driver of a white van, smashing his windscreen. He tried to drive through the mob to get away but crashed into another vehicle and was attacked again.
Another person was dragged into some bushes, kicked, beaten and lashed with a Cossack's whip.
We were threatened, too, by the pro-Russians and ran away before they set upon us as well. It was a terrifying moment, and a glimpse into the abyss that Crimea now teeters over.
Russia is in complete control of Crimea, an autonomous republic of Ukraine. The peninsula, which is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet and over 58% ethnic Russians, asked to join the Russian Federation and scheduled a referendum for March 16. Russia said Crimea would be more than welcome to join, and the Russian parliament pushed through legislation to make it easier to annex any country that wishes membership.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said the referendum is illegal and the country will not allow Russia to take an inch of Ukrainian land. President Obama came out in support of Yatseniuk.
Tensions have been high ever since Crimea kicked out its Kiev-appointed officials and elected pro-Russian replacements. Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps assuring the West he has not sent in more troops, but Ukrainian soldiers have said there are at least 30,000 Russian soldiers in the peninsula.
Bron: ->> http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_0 ... oans-1082/Crimean leaders blame Kiev for selling Ukraine off for IMF loans
Main points (unverified) by Crimean authorities of why Crimea should separate from Ukraine (related to IMF loans mostly it seems):
1) Chevron assigned ownership of Ukraine gas pipelines
2) several East Ukraine steel mills must grant 50% ownership to German company
3) Donbass coal industry given to Finnish group
4) Kharkiv to host NATO ABMs and war birds
5) increase in gas prices (50% for cities, 100% for individuals)
6) increase in numerous tariffs (gasoline, electricity)
7) eliminate state subsidies for childbirth [ SUN_DANCER: These are quite small, about $1200 upon birth of child, maybe enough to cover maternity costs ]
new VAT tax on medications
9) open up ownership of farmland to foreigners
Bron: ->> http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-l ... -standoff/2051 GMT: Ukrainskaya Pravda is now reporting that the Ukrainian airbase at Novofedorivka, which was stormed earlier today, is now under Russian control. The paper cites a statement by Vladislav Seleznev, the head of the defence ministry’s Crimean media centre. According to Seleznev, the base was seized after around 80 Russian soldiers, accompanied by 40-50 unknowns in civilian clothing, took over the airfield and established gun positions along the runway, rendering the airfield unusable. We do not yet know what has happened to the Ukrainian troops stationed on site.
Hired Guns Arrive In Kiev! Reports of Over 300 U.S. Mercenaries Now Inside Ukraine!
Bron / Video / Meer Info: ->> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... netsk.htmlHas Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine? Notorious U.S. mercenaries 'seen on the streets of flashpoint city' as Russia claims 300 hired guns have arrived in country
Unidentified armed men seen on the streets of Donetsk in east Ukraine
Russian diplomat claims 300 mercenaries had arrived in Kiev this week
Mercenaries in the region could give Putin pretext for military action
Donetsk has been the scene of big pro-Russian demonstrations this week
A screengrab from a YouTube video showing armed men on the streets of Donetsk, a largely Russian-speaking city in east Ukraine which has been the scene of large protests against the country's new regime
Donetsk was this week the scene of civil unrest as pro-Russian elements among its citizens seized control of the regional administration headquarters and another government building.
Yesterday thousands of people gathered in the city centre waving Russian flags and calling for a referendum to determine the status of the strategically important coal-mining region.
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Both the videos which purport to show 'Blackwater' mercenaries in Donetsk were uploaded last Monday, with their descriptions written in Russian.
The context of the videos is not clear, but it appears that the armed men had turned up at a street protest against the new regime. They wander around brandishing their weapons before suddenly fleeing the scene as passers-by shout 'Blackwater! Blackwater!'
Since the videos emerged, Twitter has been alive with speculation that mercenaries linked to Blackwater, now known as Academi, are active in Ukraine, helping to prop up the embattled new pro-western government.
And a Russian diplomat in Kiev told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday that 300 employees of private security companies had arrived there.
'These are soldiers of fortune proficient in combat operations. Most of them had operated under private contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other states,' the source said. Interfax reported that the diplomat did not disclose the nationalities of the mercenaries but said, 'Most of them come from the United States'.
Asked whether the soldiers seen in the videos could be from Academi, Dr Nafeez Ahmed, a security expert with the Institute for Policy Research & Development, said: ‘Difficult to say really. It's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility - Academi have been deployed in all sorts of theatres.
'I think the question is whether the evidence available warrants at least reasonable speculation.
‘On the face of it, the uniforms of the people in the videos are consistent with US mercs - they don't look like Russian soldiers mercs. On the other hand, why run around in public making a show of it?’
He added: ‘Of course the other possibility is it's all Russian propaganda.’
Any suggestion that a U.S. mercenary outfit like Academi had begun operating in the country could give Russian president Vladimir Putin the pretext for a military invasion.
The Russian parliament, the Duma, has already voted to give Putin the authority to take action in the country, where the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was last month ousted after mass protests in the capital, Kiev.
Pro-Russian forces have already seized control of the southern Ukrainian province of Crimea, although the Kremlin denies that the thousands of heavily armed, well-equipped men that have appeared there are under its control.
Last month a report in the Daily Beast claimed that 'informed sources' in Moscow had said the troops belong to Vnevedomstvenaya Okhrana, a private security contracting bureau similar to Academi that is close to the Kremlin.
The videos which emerged this week come amid reports in Russian media which claimed that 300 'strong' men had arrived at Kiev's Boryspil airport carrying military-style bags.
Reports speculated that they were being sent to regions in eastern and southern Ukraine where Russian-speaking and ethnic Russian groups posed a secessionary threat to the new government.
Blackwater was founded in 1997 by former U.S. Navy SEAL Erik Prince and were one of several private security firms employed by the U.S. government to protect its diplomatic missions overseas.
With the outbreak of the Iraq war in 2003 the company's operations expanded and its revenue mushroomed, but a string of controversial killings by its personnel led to a rebranding, first to Xe and then to Academi, its current name.
As well as acting as security contractors, Blackwater are seen by some as a private army that can promote U.S. interests without official military involvement.
Technically they are a multinational company and can by hired by anyone, but the board of directors includes a number of U.S. establishment figures including John Ashcroft, the former Attorney General, and former NSA chief Bobby Ray Inman.
If Blackwater are present in Ukraine, it would make most sense for them to be deployed in the country's east and south, where pro-Russian protesters raised the Russian flag over the regional parliament last Saturday.
It remained in place until Thursday when Ukrainian police regained control of the building without any resistance.
Donetsk, home city of deposed president Yanukovich, has seen the most persistent pro-Moscow demonstrations in a wave of protests that have erupted across southern and eastern cities.
MailOnline contacted Academi for comment, but there was no reply.
Bron: ->> http://defense-update.com/20140309_russ ... rimea.htmlRussia ‘Welcomes’ the US Destroyer Truxtun, by Moving Bastion Anti-Ship Missiles to Crimea
Unconfirmed news reports claim the Russian Navy is deploying land-based ‘Bastion’ anti-ship missile systems as a response to the recent U.S. move entering two naval vessels to the Black Sea. The two American Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103) crossed the Bosphorus Strait Friday, headed into the Black Sea, as tensions simmer over Ukraine’s Crimea region. The Russians also moved two naval combatants from the Mediterranean Task Force back to the Black Sea Fleet. Tension is mounting in the Crimea Peninsula with the preparations for a referendum on independence from Ukraine later this week.
As of today, the Truxtun remain the only US warship in the Black Sea following the southbound passage of FF(G)-50 USS Taylor through the Bosphorus. The Taylor, a Perry class frigate was deployed to the Black Sea before the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games started. USS Taylor and the flag ship of the US 6th Fleet USS Mount Whitney were sent to the Black Sea to help with the evacuation of US athletes and spectators in case of an terror attack to the Games. However, when visiting the Black Sea port of Samsun, Turkey, the frigate damaged her propelled and had to be towed away to Souda, Crete for repairs.
USS Taylor being towed by the tug Coastal Voyager. The tug Kurtaran 1 from Turkish Coastal Safety Agency is preventing the ship from drifting at the back. Turkish Coast Guard vessel TCSG-90 is providing security. Photo via Turkishnavy.net
The US Navy said in a statement on Thursday that the ship was bound for the Black Sea to conduct military exercises with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces. According to the Montreux Convention, warships of countries which do not border the Black Sea can only stay in the waters for 21 days.
The Bastion anti-ship missile system was deployed last night (8-9 March) to Sevastopol from the Russian town of Anapa, Krasnodar, about 250 miles to the East. Follow bystanders recorded the movement of Bastion anti-ship launcher complex on the streets Crimea. The K-300P Bastion-P employs P-800 Yakhont (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missile hypersonic anti-ship missiles carried on mobile transporter-erector-launchers (TEL) is a Russian. The missiles are used as mobile coastal defence systems, having an effective range of 300 km.
USS Truxtun Passed Through The Bosphorus March 8, 2014. Photo: Ms. Eser Çelebiler, via Turkishnavy.net
Bron: ->> http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/ukraine-w ... -donuzlav/Ukraine Warships Trapped at Lake Donuzlav
Ukraine warships are trapped at Lake Donuzlav, a lake leading into the Crimea Sea. The Russian military has blocked the only exit out of Lake Donuzlav by scuttling the Ochakov, an anti-submarine ship. The move has trapped six Ukraine ships. As for the Ukrainian sailors, they lack the cutters and cranes to remove the debris.
Even if they could exit the lake, a Moskova class missile cruiser, a ship designed to sink aircraft carriers, patrols nearby. The blocked passage frees up seven ships of the Russian Black Sea fleet for other activities.
Brigade Commander Vitaly Zvyagintsev, a Ukraine officer was approached by Russian soldiers a week ago and asked to surrender his post. He and his men refused. The Russians withdrew, but remained nearby.
Zvyagintsev still cannot believe the Russian Black Sea Fleet, whose officers and sailors once trained together with Ukraine officers and sailors, could have turned hostile. He has two theories as to what happened. First, the Russians want to peacefully prevent the Ukraine warships from entering the Black Sea. Doing that eliminates them as a threat. The second theory is that once Russia secures the Crimea, the trapped ships can be used as negotiation leverage.
Zvyagintsev and his men will not renounce their loyalty to Ukraine and its people. He will not surrender his post without a fight. His family came from the Crimea region. His parents are buried in Sevastopol.
Ukraine’s navy has in service a single submarine, 25 warships, and 15 support vessels. Of the 15,000 men in the navy, 10,000 are based in the Crimean Peninsula. With six Ukraine warships trapped at Lake Donuzslav, Ukraine has effectively lost a third of its fleet without a shot being fired. Ukraine naval headquarters in Sevastopol, the same port where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is based, remains under control of Russian soldiers, sailors, and pro-Russian activists.
The Russian do appear interested in preserving the trapped Ukraine warships. Days earlier, former Ukraine Admiral Denis Berezovsky defected and pledged his allegiance to the Russian navy. He held a short meeting with a delegation of the trapped Ukraine ships in which he asked them to switch their allegiance. The Ukraine officers refused and concluded the meeting. Oleksandr Turchynov, Ukraine’s acting president, called the defection an act of high treason. The admiral is believed to be waiting to assume command of the trapped ships in order to create a new Crimean fleet loyal to Russian interests.
Russian media reported the defection of Ukraine’s flagship, Hetman Sahaidachny, a frigate that had just recently returned from anti-piracy duties in the Indian Ocean. The ship docked at Odessa, a Ukraine port and has remained there, its captain and crew still loyal.
With Ukraine’s acting president and military attempting passive resistance to ensure they are not the first ones fire against the Russians and world pressure against the Russians regarded as tepid. A waiting game has ensued. Ships require fuel and men food. Until the stalemate is broken, Ukraine warships trapped at Lake Donuzlav can only wait.
By Brian T. Yates
Sydney Morning Harold
Bron: ->> http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/mi ... -post.htmlRussian troops fire at Ukraine military post
Staff Writer, Al Arabiya News
Monday, 10 March 2014
Russian troops opened fire on Monday during the takeover of a Ukrainian military post in Crimea but no one was wounded, Interfax quotes the Ukrainian base commander.
Last Update: Monday, 10 March 2014 KSA 17:16 - GMT 14:16
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Russia Rejects U.S. Proposal, Kerry Delays Trip
MOSCOW—Russia’s foreign minister said Monday that a proposal made by the U.S. on how to settle the dispute between Moscow and Ukraine over Kiev was not acceptable and that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed tentative plans to come to Russia for further talks.
Sergei Lavrov said he had invited Mr. Kerry to come to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a one-page proposal Mr. Kerry had given to Mr. Lavrov in Rome last week, but that the trip has now been put off as Washington had come up with “additional paper” and he needed more time.
“He had offered to come, I think today, when you were prepared to see him. He tentatively agreed but on Saturday called me and said he needed to postpone it somewhat,” Mr. Lavrov told Mr. Putin during a meeting in Sochi, according to Russian news agencies.
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