Discussion in 'The Near Abroad' started by José Moreira, Feb 28, 2014.
Access to Sevastopol blocked:
"The fascist monkeys shall not pass" -another roadblock near Sevastopol:
Unidentified armed men wearing army uniform are controlling Simferopol airport. Apparently went there looking for Ukrainian paratroopers:
More from Voice of Russia:
Meanwhile Zhirinovsky is headed to Sevastopol too, as if the situation was not entertaining enough.
From the BBC:
Meanwhile Russian navy denies involvement in blockade of airport at Sevastopol.
Night Wolves biker gang are taking the plane to Crimea to provide "humanitarian aid":
These photographs are great, please keep posting!
BBC's David Sandford (the guy who started the Sochi double toilets thing):
This is from a couple of days ago, Crimean police preparing barriers along the roads. They claimed it was to prevent carjackings!
This video is supposed to show Russian Mi-24 combat helicopters coming into Crimea today near the airfield at Belbek.
A picture of a ship blocking the Balaklava bay:
This was the guy appointed by Yanukovych on his last days in power to replace the general that will now be Minister of Defense.
And a map of current events in Russian:
Ship blocking Balaclava bay is the Ivanovets, a Project 1241.1 "Tarantul II" class corvette of the Black Sea Fleet, pennant #: 954
More troop movements north of Sevastopol:
Green army trucks... ah, the memories!
Here is a picture of the troops at the airport. There are reports that some have left and those who remain are just patrolling the area.
They don't look very menacing or professional. Could this be just a Russian supported militia? They would have had lots of time to prepare.
It seems they are leaving the airports. Better pictures here:
More statements supporting kicking the Russian bases out of Crimea... This is not going to end well.
Google translation from allcrimea.net:
In Simferopol, unknown attackers struck anti-Semitic inscriptions on the doors of the synagogue Ner Tamid.
According to the chairman of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea Anatoly Gendina. Door and facade painted with swastikas and the words "Death to the Jews." The incident was the first act of anti-Semitism and vandalism on the walls of the synagogue in the past 20 years.
"To" draw "these inscriptions, it was necessary to climb over the two-meter fence. We would have smashed the glass on the windows would be, but the windows closed with a metal fence 24 hours, today we do not open the window and ask our parishioners until the religious programs do not come, do not expose them to the threat of attack. Well, I, as always, on the spot, "- said A. Gendin.
"I understand that since the revolution in the life of the Maidan in Kiev in Ukraine has become 30 percent more expensive, I understand that" Oshchadbank "stopped paying pensions to retirees, and now when I look at these anti-Semitic graffiti, I understand that provocateurs want ordinary people to pay attention to that, "who is to blame in such bad changes." And from history we know that it is always to blame - the Jews! What will happen next? I do not know "- complained A. Gendin.
It's been a crazy day, but it looks like the party's just getting started.
I will just pour myself a glass of fine Muscovian vodka and enjoy the show. Bottle arrived today. Quite timely, it seems.
Russian flag at the "border" where armed militia checks cars:
Russian consulate in Crimea was ordered to provide Russian passports to all former Berkut police:
And more helicopter video:
Food has arrived for the pro-russian supporters on the Crimean parliament. This is like the Maidan, minus molotov-cocktails and burning tires.
The Ukrainian Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov (I'll mention his name because you never know if he'll still be Interior Minister by suppertime, the new central government might decide to make Yatsenyuuk's cat Interior Minister by then) says he views the arrival of Russian soldiers (that's what he thinks, anyway; they don't wear any insignia and could be anyone) as "an armed invasion and occupation in violation of all international agreements and norms".
Well, then you've got all you need, haven't you, no-nuts? Mobilize your army, and let's get this show on the road.
It's amazing to see the characterization of armed militamen patrolling outside public buildings as an armed invasion and a violation of international norms when it was just as normal as breathing last week - glorious, even - for armed citizens who held no rank or commission in anyone's military to storm public buildings in Kiev and throw the rightful occupants out. You know, last week when the United States established a new level of ridiculousness for finding a president who frustratingly could not be captured or killed as "illegitimate" - if the U.S. Vice-President can't reach you by phone in what it has apparently set as an arbitrary threshold, well, then, anyone who can raise a citizen army can take over, and the president who was hiking the Appalachian Trail or whatever is declared No Longer President. Lesson to all the world's leaders - be sure to call-forward your phone when you go fishing on the Bahama Flats, because if Joe Biden calls while you're out you might come back to find the morning DJ from the local radio station has taken over your office.
Separate names with a comma.