Russia is prepared to fight a war over the Ukrainian territory of Crimea to protect the ethnic Russian population and its military base there, a senior government official has told the FT.
“If Ukraine breaks apart, it will trigger a war,” the official said. “They will lose Crimea first [because] we will go in and protect [it], just as we did in Georgia.”
and some are out there for a fight
"Today we require from you (the president) as the head of state decisive action and emergency measures. Hundreds of thousands of Crimean residents are waiting for that, all those people who voted for you in the presidential election for the hope of stability in the country.
There is still a chance to preserve the foundations of the constitutional order and unity of Ukraine. Tomorrow it may not be. In the case of further escalation of the civil conflict Verkhovnaya Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reserves the right to urge residents to defend their autonomy of civil peace on the peninsula.
- The Presidium of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."
The statement was published on the official website of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Tuesday.
becasue in essence it is only a US-Russia cold war
While the rebels in Ukraine, armed and supported by the US, can be found throughout uncountable amounts of photos with weapons shooting at police, the imagery and details come out differently in Syria. The US, for example, secretly provided weaponry to Syria while giving the green light to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other known "friends of Syria" to hand over even more resources to them. One Russian official reportedly placed the blame on the US for providing firearms to the Ukrainian opposition.
"The pro-Russian organizations deny they have ties to Moscow. However, Russia's presence in the region is felt everywhere. The Russian Consulate in Simferopol has been aggressively issuing Russian passports to ethnic Russian Crimeans, a policy that has provoked protests from Kyiv. The Russian state agency for cooperation with countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States countries operates out of a huge villa in the center of the capital.
Last week, Russian presidential adviser and leading Kremlin ideologue Vladislav Surkov made an under-the-radar trip to Crimea, meeting behind closed doors with Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilev, Crimean parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, and Sevastopol Governor Vladimir Yatsuboi. It was also announced that Konstantinov will travel to Moscow on February 20 for talks with Russian Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin.
The roads of Crimea are blanketed by thousands of billboards installed by a mysterious, lavishly funded nongovernmental organization called Stop Maidan. The billboards assert that Crimea is "for stability" and says no to "extremism" and "foreign interference." Stop Maidan has also sent hundreds of pro-government demonstrators to Kyiv, urging Yanukovych to uncompromisingly quash the protests.
and this is why the PRez thinks he can hold on
""We have been hearing various proposals of our partners in Europe and the United States about some sort of mediation in the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, which they see, however, only as concessions of the president and the government to the opposition's demands. In our view, the mediating mission primarily requires the consent and preparedness of the sides to the conflict, a clearly articulated invitation, good balance and impartiality," the diplomat said.
"The Ukrainian authorities demonstrate their constructive approach and readiness for the dialogue with their agreement to hold negotiations with the opposition and significant appointment offers. The opposition should display a similar attitude. One should not disrupt the emerging process with maximalist ultimatums and open foreign pressure," he added.
and this as a last warning
As to the possible destabilization in the Crimea, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is stationed, Karasin said, "I am confident that the authorities of Ukraine and the Autonomous Republic the Crimea will not permit a scenario, such as that happening in the country's west."
"We expect the rights of Russian citizens who are permanently or temporarily residing in various regions of Ukraine or serving in the Black Sea Fleet to be preserved consistent with international law," he concluded.
Voice of Russia, Interfax
so who is blackmailing who