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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Events in the Crimea Take a Nasty Turn

00 Crimea referendum sign. 11.03.14

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The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (VS ARK) formally transferred control of raion administrations in the ARK from the Ukrainian junta in Kiev to the Council of Ministers of the ARK. Previously, the President of the Ukraine appointed the heads of local administrations; they were agents of the central authorities in Kiev. The VS ARK media release stated, “The chairmen of raion administrations in the ARK shall exercise power under the control of the Council of Ministers of the ARK, being accountable and responsible to it”.

Editor:

Note how everything done by the ARK government is according to normal legal standards, according to the rule of law. Note how everything done by the Timoshenko junta is anarchic; they trample the rule of law into the mud… the “law of the jungle”, “might makes right”, and “blat” rule supreme. One of these things is NOT like the other!

BMD

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A police source said that Crimean cops arrested infiltrators disguised as policemen, who demanded that people show them their passports, then, they mutilated the documents. According to the authorities, on Monday, cops arrested an unstated number of suspects in Simferopol and Saki, noting, “Disguised as police, they demanded that citizens show them their passports, after which they took them away or mutilated them”. The government is telling people in the region affected by the actions of the fraudsters to contact the police and passport offices immediately, to ease getting new documents. To vote in the all-Crimea popular referendum on 16 March, citizens will have to show identification to get a ballot. Earlier, the mayor’s office in Simferopol voiced fears that infiltrators are trying to derail the referendum. According to sources in the mayor’s office, citizens only need to present their passports to vote in the referendum, more documentation isn’t required.

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Sergei Zheleznyak, Vice Chairman of the RF Gosduma and deputy secretary of the General Council of the United Russia faction, said that the Russian Federation doesn’t need to pass new legislation to annex the Crimea as a federal subject. On Tuesday, the Soviet of the Gosduma shall decide how the Gosduma will consider a bill introduced by Just Russia deputies on simplified rules for the entry of new territories into the Russian Federation. Zheleznyak told reporters after a meeting of the United Russia Presidium, “In terms of the current Constitution and legislation of the Russian Federation, there are no obstacles to accession of territories of other countries as new federal subjects of Russia”. At the same time, he noted that there was no discussion of the bill other than by the Just Russia faction. In his view, the proper Gosduma committees must carefully and professionally consider any suggestions for optimising the process of joining new federal subjects to the Russian Federation coming from other factions in the Gosduma.

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Volunteers in the ARK started a website, Crimea Together, where you can find and download materials explaining why the ARK should join the Russian Federation. One can find educational materials, badges, and infographics on the website that show the advantages of the ARK rejoining the Russian Federation. In particular, one can see that doctors and teachers in the ARK receive much less pay than their Russian counterparts do, the price of fuel in Russia is half that in the Ukraine, and there are incentive programmes for young educators and scientists simply not available in the Ukraine.

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The British Foreign Office recommended that British subjects not travel to the ARK, and advised British subjects there to leave. The Foreign Office said, “The Foreign Office advises that everyone should refrain from all travel to the Crimea. Britons should leave Crimea now. The Foreign Office won’t be able to carry out consular services to those who decide to stay in the Crimea”.

Editor:

This is another sign that the West is getting ready to knife Russia in the back. Why should Britons leave, unless the American neoliberal filth are egging on their puppets in the oligarch junta to attack the Crimea? I’d say to Russia… “Be watchful… the Amerikantsy are pigs. They talk out of both sides of their mouths and are the slipperiest bastards on the face of the planet. After all, their motto is, ‘Winning is the only thing’. Amerikantsy, especially, those who mouth religious platitudes are vicious, violent, and feral… they bear watching constantly”.

BMD

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Employees at the dispatching service at the airport told RIA-Novosti by telephone that the airlines involved cancelled or delayed several flights scheduled to leave Simferopol. Our source told us, “In the morning, not even a single flight departed. Right now, two flights from Moscow to Simferopol landed”. A notice on the airport website reported that on the morning of 11 March 11, that the airlines cut a flight to Kiev and two flights to Istanbul; another flight to Kiev had a delay for nine hours to 18.00 MSK. There were further cancellations… two flights from Istanbul to Simferopol, a flight from Kiev Borispol Airport, but two flights from Moscow to Simferopol are still valid. Our source said, “The airlines decided to cancel or delay the flights”. Earlier, the authorities closed the airspace over Simferopol to civilian aircraft from 28 February to 1 March, when no flights left or departed the local airport.

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A staffer told RIA-Novosti by telephone that the VS ARK adopted a Declaration of Independence from the Ukraine and stated their intention to enter the Russian Federation as a federal subject, saying, “The decision was the only item on the agenda for this extraordinary session. 78 deputies voted for the declaration”. There are 100 deputies in the VS ARK. An officer of the VS ARK said, “Crimea is a sovereign independent state, after it holds a popular referendum, it’ll appeal to the Russian Federation requesting that the Russian Federation accept it as a federal subject”. Our source said that the Declaration entered into force immediately following its adoption. Moreover, the Sevastopol Gorsoviet supported the ARK Declaration of Independence. The declaration stated that the VS ARK and the Sevastopol Gorsoviet made their decision “based on the provisions of the UN Charter and many other international instruments recognising the right to self-determination, as well as taking into account confirmation of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo of 22 July 2010 stating that a unilateral declaration of independence by a state doesn’t violate the rules of international law”. The Declaration declared the ARK an independent state with a republican form of government, and that residents of the ARK and Sevastopol will vote in a scheduled 16 March all-Crimea popular referendum on their future status.

Editor:

Look at how Vova FUCKED the Americans. The legal justification is one that the neoliberal slimers can’t explain away… if Kosovo is independent (and have an American Embassy), defying the wishes of its former sovereign, why, the ARK can do likewise, and the USA has to eat a gigantic shit sandwich in front of everybody. That’s why I believe that the chance for a violent and treacherous outcome in the near term is high. The Amerikantsy are arrogant and peevish… if one doesn’t kiss their ass constantly, they get huffy and throw temper tantrums. Do reflect on the fact that such greedy self-centred toddlers have nuclear weapons… scary thought, isn’t it?

BMD

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Editor’s Note:

NATO AWACS aircraft are in Romania. That means that the NATO warpigs are getting ready to aid a junta strike on the Crimea. We are closer now to a real major war than we were in 1962 in Cuba. Note this well… American neocons and rightwing elements in the Ukrainian diaspora are playing with hand grenades and giggling manically. The Crimea is closer to Moscow than Havana is to Washington. Do you get the picture?

DO YOU WANT TO DIE FOR THE RIGHT OF YULIYA AND HER SWINISH FRIENDS TO RAPE THE UKRAINE?

That’s what’s at stake, kids. There’s nothing more that I, a single little person, can do. May God preserve us all.

11 March 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/world/20140311/998915430.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140311/998918005.html

http://ria.ru/politics/20140311/998949436.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140311/998951035.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140311/998958141.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140311/998981993.html

http://ria.ru/society/20140311/998990147.html

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Viktor Baranets: Junta Wants to Storm the Crimea and Sweep the South-East

00 Russian priest blessing soldiers in Crimea. 04.03.14

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KP military observer Viktor Baranets answers five naïve questions about whether a real war will break out over the Crimea

1. Where are the tanks going?

On the internet, a video showed Ukrainian army elements on the move from their places of permanent deployment. Where is all this equipment going? Are they going south to the border with the Crimea? Not if you believe so-called “Defence Minister” Igor Tenyukh’s statement, “They’re not going towards the Crimea”. According Tenyukh, it’s just normal exercises, “To carry this out, some units may leave their places of permanent deployment to move to training areas”. However, it’s more possible that these statements are a ruse to cover the plans of the Ukrainian junta. Especially, just before this meeting at the Minoborony Ukrainy, Tenyukh insisted, “Whack these bitches from the Crimea” (direct quote). It’s curious that Ukrainian troops moved mainly to the southern bases… closer to the Crimea. The Ukrainian borders stand undefended.

2. What are American advisors doing in the Ukraine?

What are the American military advisors and intelligence officers doing in the Ukraine? Observers have seen them; they seem to be in control of the situation. Reports tell us that the Americans delivered equipment to the US Embassy in Kiev to deploy a state-of-the-art command and control centre. US Army liaison officers disguised in Ukrainian uniform are at the Minoborony Ukrainy and the General Staff, and one finds them within manoeuvre formations as well. Simultaneously, a group of American advisers are actively involved in “informational warfare”… they’re undercover in the Ukrainian media… they’re spreading black propaganda about an alleged impending landing of Russian forces in Kherson.

3. Can the Kiev junta seize the Crimea?

One of the possible options is dropping Ukrainian troops in the rear of the Crimean defences on the isthmus. Simultaneously, they could support these landings with artillery fire and airstrikes. Their objective would be to ensure movement of mechanised infantry, tank, and other formations of the Ukrainian army into the Crimea. Chances are, they’d infiltrate spetsnaz into the Crimea Ukrainian to blockade the units of the Black Sea Fleet. Judging by the fact that ARK intelligence agencies and police increasingly detain infiltrators from the Ukraine, it means that there’s been active scouting of the situation on the peninsula. The Russian General Staff, the Black Sea Fleet headquarters, and military intelligence are ready for this; they’ve developed several possible scenarios of an attack.

4. Do the Ukrainian forces have any real combat capability?

There’s a common “armchair strategist” opinion saying, “In effect, there isn’t a Ukrainian Army”. This is a fallacy. The Ukraine has combat-ready units. Yes, their military equipment is largely outdated (Soviet), but there’s some new stuff too, as one can see in the Oplot MBTs sold on the world market. It’d be dangerous to sneeze at it all. However, the morale of the Ukrainian troops is low. Very few want conflict with the Russians over the Crimea. Yet, there’s an ultra-rabid minority (mainly from the Western Ukraine). To get around the problem of minimal motivation and questionable loyalty, the junta replaced most of the commanders in the south-east with fanatics from the Western Ukraine. There are other details… Tenyukh instructed the General Staff to develop a plan of repression for the south-eastern Ukraine, as it resists the legitimacy of the Kiev junta. They want to use the Army for police purposes, to send it against its own people.

5. Would the Ukrainians be able to inflict losses on the Russian forces?

A Ukrainian military expert put it thusly, “Even though the Russian forces received new weapons over the past five years, enough to give them an edge compared to the Ukrainian forces’ equipment, the latter still retains some combat capability”.

11 March 2014

Viktor Baranets

Komsomolskaya Pravda

http://www.kp.ru/daily/26203/3090316/

Editor’s Note:

Pass this on to as many people as you can… the Timoshenko junta “Prime Minister” Yatsenyuk is due in Washington on Wednesday; it’s probably to announce the beginning of a joint American-junta attack on the Crimea. This article means that the Russian special services caught the Yanks and their oligarch buddies in the act. The USA is using diaspora Ukrainians to carry out its evil intentions. That has “internal” ramifications, by the way, that’s the topic of another post. The USA is using fanatical rightwing diaspora Galician elements to strike at Russia. This is Zbig’s ultimate wet dream… it’s what he’s wanted all his life. Pigs like Nuland, Herbst, and Kerry are unfit company for any decent person… they’ve planned an underhanded assault on a free people.

Pass this on… pass on the warning…

We might avert a war if enough people get the news and act upon it (at least, pass the link on to others)…

BMD

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Konstantinov: It’s Time to Return the Crimea to Where it Belongs… As a Part of the Russian State!

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Vladimir Konstantinov, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (VS ARK) said, “The time has come when we can fix the injustice that occurred 60 years ago and return the Crimea to where it belongs… as a part of the Russian state. The motherland is waiting for us. If we make the right choice, it’ll help if we do our best to adapt ourselves to our homeland’s norms. We’ve already established the necessary programmes for students, state employees, and retirees, to protect the interests of our citizens and allow them to avoid losses during the transition. We’re ready to help the central government of the Russian Federation and the Russian regions in accomplishing this. By rejoining Russia, Crimeans will finally be able to look confidently into the future. However, let’s focus on the main thing… we have a historic opportunity: we’ll always be Crimeans, we’re not going anywhere, but we’re going back home… to Russia. Let’s not miss it!”

10 March 2014

Nakanune.ru

http://www.nakanune.ru/news/2014/3/10/22344307

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Sevastopol Cops Nick Armed Radical… Provocateurs Halted at the Border… Kiev Junta Steals Money Collected in the Crimea for Social Payments

00 Crimea. 10.03.14

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Police sources told RIA-Novosti that cops in Sevastopol arrested a young man with a Makarov pistol, who opened fire on druzhinniki in Gagarin Raion last night, but there were no injuries. The cops told us that the gunman came from Ivano-Frankovsk with three accomplices, saying, “The suspects rented an apartment in the city, where we found drugs, firearms, and edged weapons. They told us that they got the weapons in Kiev, where they took an active part in clashes with police”. He added that the perps carried anti-Russian propaganda material to Sevastopol. At present, the cops are interrogating the suspects to investigate their contacts.

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An anonymous Ukrainian security source told RIA-Novosti that Ukrainian radicals are preparing provocations on the Crimean border with the Crimea, timed to coincide with the all-Crimea popular referendum on 16 March. The source said, “There are reports that Ukrainian radical groups are preparing provocations on Crimean border timed to coincide with the popular referendum on 16 March”.

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Vladimir Konstantinov, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (VS ARK), told reporters in Simferopol that the all-Crimea popular referendum slated for 16 March would take place without any provocations, saying, “Today, we completely control the situation on the peninsula. We don’t foresee any provocations. We have enough forces to maintain order. There won’t be any provocations, let’s hope that no one even wants to commit them”.

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On Monday, Fyodor Bondarchuk, director, producer, and actor, and member of the ruling council of the United Russia faction, said, “It’s necessary to invite a many observers to confirm the results of all-Crimea referendum in the Crimea, so that no one doubts that the outcome is the will of the Crimean people. For me, I think that the results of the referendum are clear. However, for the international community to find it 100 percent legitimate, having observers would be of great help”. Bondarchuk believes that the Crimea always gravitated toward Russia, and Moscow should support this aspiration, saying, “The only thing that I’m worried about is that Ukrainian propaganda would distort the results of the referendum. Therefore, we must do everything to ensure the legitimacy of this referendum through having international observers present”. He said that it wouldn’t surprise him if the international community wouldn’t accept the results of the referendum, noting, “The fact that they couldn’t admit it isn’t a revelation for me, because you can recognise that it doesn’t fit into their philosophy of a New World Order. However, again, I think it most necessary for us to make the process as open as possible”.

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A source in the Self-Defence Forces of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (ARK) said that Ukrainian radicals staged a provocation near the border village of Chingar. He told us that, at this moment, Ukrainian radicals are staging provocations in the village, saying, “Several dozen men and women lay down on the road, trying to make it seem that they were blocking a military vehicle from crossing the Ukrainian border. The ARK Self-Defence Forces hope that the media won’t fall for this provocation. The ARK government also thinks that the actions of these Ukrainian radicals are a provocation”.

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Aleksandr Bochkarev, a commander of the People’s Militia of the ARK, told RIA-Novosti by telephone that a second draft of volunteers, about 40 people, took the oath of allegiance to the ARK in Simferopol. At present, about 1,500 personnel are in the ARK Self-Defence Force. The first group of volunteers swore allegiance to the ARK on 8 March. Bochkarev told us, “We swore in about 40 people, aged from 22 to 50. We mustered them right into the ARK militia, as all previously served in either the armed forces or the police. All are fit for military service and have the necessary military skills. We carefully checked that as they’ll be carrying arms”. Bochkarev said that there‘d be regular oath ceremonies in the ARK, noting, “Right now, we’re building up our armed forces. Later on, after the referendum, if we decide to rejoin Russia, we might keep on some of the guys, some might want to demob, and some won’t meet our standards”.

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A source in the ARK Self-Defence Forces reported provocations near the border village of Chingar. Earlier Monday, a source in the ARK Self-Defence Forces stated that Ukrainian radicals staged a provocation near Chingar. They said that about 30 cars with Euromaidan decorations, with about 60-70 people inside, tried to infiltrate the ARK to try to set up a Euromaidan there. Cossack patrols stopped them, and the radicals retreated after an argument. The ARK Self-Defence Forces are in control of the situation.

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The Presidium of the VS ARK said that the Timoshenko junta blocked about 1 billion gryvnia (3.95 billion Roubles. 108 million USD. 121 million CAD. 120 million AUD. 78 million Euros. 65 million UK Pounds) intended for pensions, public sector wages, and social benefits. A VS ARK statement said, “Over the past four months whilst the Euromaidan rioters in Kiev ‘peacefully’ rallied, Crimeans worked to build up the budget. In ‘gratitude’, the junta blocked our accounts in Kiev, locking up no less than a billion gryvnia Crimeans earned lawfully”. The Presidium of the VS ARK declared that this was a ploy to disrupt the scheduled 16 March all-Crimea popular referendum on the status of the ARK, saying, “The purpose of this action is to put us on our knees, to deprive us of our livelihood, stealing the wages of nearly 200,000 people and leaving 180,000 families without child benefits”. The VS ARK intends to challenge the blocking of accounts in court and recover the money “shamelessly stolen by Kiev”. However, the VS ARK promised that all it would see to it that it paid all social benefits and public sector wages in full and on time {no doubt, with Russian money: editor}.

Editor’s Note:

The White House is expostulating over the referendum. Kiss my ass, Jay Carney. You’re a ridiculous acolyte of Brzeziński… you’ve swallowed his White Polish lies whole without demur. Are you aware of what his father abetted? Did he tell you about the 150 Orthodox churches destroyed by the Beck fascists? Then again, you accept Joe Biden… whose mentor was an Ustaša priest from Croatia. In short, your outrage is hypocritical, selective, without foundation, and specious. The only thing that you care about in life is your comfortable existence amongst the District well-heeled… I’d say that patriotism and service never entered your pointy little head. Let’s consider the source… Jay Carney’s a PR flack… such sorts believe in nothing but their pay-packets.

Yet, rest easy… the USA can’t do much. It has no military forces to send; the troops are war-weary, and they’d rebel at one more pointless oligarch war. It has no money to spend; the government wasted it all on useless wars of aggression fought on tick so as not to discomfit the affluent effluent (Jay Carney’s preferred companions). In short, the USA is a “Gummi Löwe”, a Rubber Lion that roars and roars, but can’t do a single thing. That’s good, kids…

Oh, one last thing… there’s very little solid news coming out of junta-controlled areas. I think that they control next to nothing… the armed forces aren’t paid… workers aren’t getting their wages… pensioners aren’t getting their allotments. If that isn’t a picture of a rapidly declining kleptocracy in free fall, I don’t know what it is.

BMD

10 March 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998874934.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998885262.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998883113.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998887123.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998888773.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998891934.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998898108.html

http://ria.ru/world/20140310/998913214.html

 

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