20 articles tagged "Crimea"
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Putin Doesn’t Regard NATO as a Military Threat to Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014

Putin will not be intimidated by NATO into going back on his annexation of Crimea. He sees Russian military control of Crimea as a counterweight to US bases in Romania and Bulgaria.

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Syrian forces ranged against Yabroud
Hot and cold conflicts stir wild border fluctuations in Europe and Middle East
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 18, 2014

Crimea’s secession to Russia is just one example. More boundaries once carved in stone are melting away in the heat of unresolved conflicts, as DEBKA Weekly shows in its coming issue out Friday. Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Al Qaeda’s ISIS terrorists are all messing with the borders of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel – and each other. When President Barack Obama comes to Riyadh with a promise of US support for the oil kingdom’s stability, he will step into a landscape of moving boundaries.
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Vladimir Putin in bitter assault on America
After a harshly anti-American speech to Russian parliament, Putin signed the Crimean treaty
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014

After defending Crimea’s referendum as adhering to “all international norms,” Russian  President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday, March 18,  that Russia would henceforth strongly defend its national interests against the “cold war tactics” practiced by the United States and the West. He complained Moscow had sought dialogue with the West, but was “cheated all the time.” When he accused America of practicing the “law of the strong,” he was cheered by the packed Russian lower house. He ended the session by signing the Crimean annexation treaty.

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Not the best of friends.
Putin approves Crimea's annexation to Russia in defiance of Western sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014

President Vladimir Putin approved a draft treaty between Crimea and Moscow on the breakaway region’s “reunification with Russia” Tuesday, March 18. He formally notified the Russian parliament of Crimea’s application to join Russia as a new federal republic. Monday, the US and EU imposed relatively mild sanctions – travel bans and a freeze on assets - on Russian and Ukrainian officials after condemning the Crimean referendum as illegal. The White House warned sanctions would be broadened if Russia took more steps. Putin has defied that warning.

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Russian forces on Ukraine's borders
Crimea votes to quit Ukraine under guns of Russian tanks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2014

Russian military movements and strength around Crimea do not exceed the level for securing the referendum taking place on the peninsula Sunday, March 16 against possible Ukrainian or Western disruptions. There are no signs of Russia planning to invade other parts of Ukraine.  Neither have Ukraine’s European neighbors or the US bases on their soil declared unusual military preparedness. The Ukraine army is likewise stationary. But one or more of these forces may snap into unforeseen action during the referendum or after it’s over.

 

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US MQ-5B Hunter UAV
Russia claims it intercepted a US drone over Crimea by cyber technology
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2014

Russia claims to have intercepted a US MQ-5B Hunter drone over Crimea Friday, March 14, by using radio-electronic technology to break its link with the US operators. The Russian state arms and technology group Rostec said the UAV, belonging to the 66th America Reconnaissance Brigade, fell “almost intact” into the hands of “self-defense forces.”  No part of this report is confirmed by the US or any independent source. Confirmation would mark this incident a dangerous escalation in the US-Russian dispute over Ukraine - hitherto just a war of words.

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A polling station at Crimean capital of Simferopol ready for referendum
Discord in Kerry-Lavrov talks sets scene for US-Russian cold war over Ukraine and Crimea
DEBKAfile Special Report March 14, 2014

The profound West-Russian discord on Ukraine was accentuated rather than eased by the six hours of talks held by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in London Friday, March 14. Still poles apart – “no single vision” - they addressed reporters separately. Moscow would not consider calling off Sunday’s Crimean referendum, which the US and Europe judges illegal and for which Kerry warned there would be “consequences.” Putin will not decide on his next steps on Ukraine until the “will of the Crimean people” is known.

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Barack Obama and Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Putin Keeps Crimea under Sanctions, the West Keeps Bankrupt Kiev and a Whopping Aid Bill
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

The last Western hope for averting the Crimean referendum Sunday and a major showdown between the two world powers rested with Chancellor Angela Merkel. But even she failed to sway Putin.

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Russian paratroopers drill
Russia launches paratroop exercise east of Ukraine. Moscow tycoons move assets from West to Far East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 11, 2014

The clash between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis is heating up militarily, economically and verbally in the countdown to the Crimean referendum on secession on Sunday March 16. Tuesday, March 11, Russia launched its biggest military exercise in 20 years. It encompasses command elements, rapid deployment forces and paratroops and takes place in western Russia not far from the Ukraine border. As the West started working on sanctions, debkafile reports that tycoons close to President Putin shifted assets to the Far East two months ago.

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Russian drill at Kapustin Yar missile base
The Ukraine crisis: Russia may halt (START) strategic weapons inspections, revert to Cold War tactics
DEBKAfile Special Report March 8, 2014

Russia ratcheted up international tensions over Ukraine Saturday, March 8, after mobilizing air and coastal defenses for a month-long drill to secure the May 16 Crimean referendum from disruption. The defense ministry in Moscow announced “Russia is considering halting foreign inspections of its strategic weapons arsenal, including nuclear-capable missiles, in response to ‘threats’ from the United States and NATO over the Ukraine crisis. debkafile: Moscow is ready to revert to Soviet belligerent posture unless the US and the West back down on the Ukraine dispute.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Obama and Putin, Leagues Apart, Duel over Ukraine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014

Obama and Putin are poles apart on the Ukraine crisis with now visible common ground for resolving it.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Syria and Hizballah Square off to Fight Israel - Backed by Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014

Syria and Hizballah are preparing to fight Israel so that Iran and Russia can get back at the US and the West by the old Cold War device of fighting through proxies.

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US Mediterranean Forces Go on High Alert, Rush Airlift to Israel. Russian Army on Combat Readiness
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014

The US delivers assault helicopters in special airlift to Israel and places its Middle East forces on high alert, especially in the Mediterranean. Russian armed forces also remain on combat readiness.

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Vladimir Putin's first news conference in Ukraine crisis
Putin: Not Russian - but local forces took control of Crimea. DEBKAfile: They are Russian special forces
DEBKAfile Special Report March 4, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing reporters for the first time Tuesday, March 4, denied that Russian forces had taken control of the Crimean Peninsula – but self-defense locals in Russian uniforms. debkafile’s military sources challenge this, having identified the units as Russia’s Rapid Intervention Brigade 22 based in Rostov on-Don, southern Russia, and the 25th Regiment of Special Forces-Stavropol. Putin also said Viktor Yanukovych was removed by an anti-constitutional coup d’etat and remains Ukraine’s only legitimate president, but he showed no inclination to restore him to power.

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Russian armored forces build up for Ukraine
Russians strike Ukraine army post in Crimea. Kiev fears Ukraine army putsch. US warships on standby
DEBKAfile Special Report March 1, 2014

Russian forces Saturday, March 1, staged their first attack on a Ukraine military installation in Crimea, while completing their takeover of the region and its severance from Ukraine. The new Crimean premier announced a March 30 referendum to determine its status. In Kiev, the interim government feared a possible Ukraine army putsch to install a military regime capable of containing Russian expansion. As President Barack Obama warned Moscow of “costs” for military intervention in Crimea, two US warships moved up to the Black Sea’s Crimea shore.

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Russian troops take over Crimean airports
Another 2,000 Russian troops airlifted into Crimea in continuing takeover of region
DEBKAfile Special Report February 28, 2014

Thirteen giant Ilyushin-76 air transports (NATO codenamed IL-76 Candid) flew into the Crimea Friday night, Feb. 28, and landed some 2,000 fresh Russian troops at a military airfield near Sebastopol. debkafile’s military sources report the new intake belonged to the Russian Rapid Intervention Force. They arrived as the UN Security Council in New York discussed the Kiev government’s protest against the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. Armed Russian troops earlier took control of the runways of Crimea’s two main airports at Simferopol and Sevastopol.

 

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Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu
Putin’s Chessmen in Place for Military Intervention in Ukraine – or a Western Climb-down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014

Crimea is Russia’s main springboard for Putin’s Mid East strategy. Kerry’s last-ditch phone call to Lavrov may avert a Russian military operation – but at a steep price for Kiev and the West.

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European Wire-Pullers Misjudged Ukraine Unrest – Pushed It too Far
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014

The European wire-pullers misjudged the unrest in Kiev and let it go too far. They had planned a pro-EU unity government working with Yanukovych – not to oust him.

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Russian fighter jets on combat alert
Pro-Moscow coup in Crimea. Russian fighter jets on W. border on combat alert. Kiev deploys security forces
DEBKAfile Special Report February 27, 2014

The Russian defense ministry announced Thursday, Feb. 27 that fighter jets stood on combat alert along its western borders with Ukraine. Moscow repeated its commitment to protect Russian-speaking elements in the Crimean Peninsula. Earlier, armed men carried out a pro-Russian coup in the Crimean capital, by seizing government and parliamentary buildings and hoisting Russian flags – in response to the pro-European coup in Kiev. Forces loyal to the provisional government in Kiev meanwhile surround the area which they say was occupied by “criminals in army fatigues.” 

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Russian airborne forces
Russian units transferred from securing the Sochi games to the Ukraine border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2014

Units of the Russian forces which secured the Olympic Winter Games ending in Sochi Sunday were flown and shipped Monday, Feb. 24 to Russian bases at the Ukrainian Crimean port of Sevastopol, debkafile reports, as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev refused to recognize the new authorities in Kiev. Giant Russian Air Force transports and rapid deployment forces were placed on alert at the Rostov on-Don base east of the pro-Russian southeastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk. Military movements were also sighed in Belgorod opposite the Ukraine border.

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