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February 28, 2014 - 2:38 pm

AFP reports that the Russians have crossed into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Ukraine is accusing Russia of “armed invasion.”

“Thirteen Russian aircraft landed at the airport of Gvardeyskoye (near Simferopol) with 150 people in each one,” Sergiy Kunitsyn, the Ukrainian president’s special representive in Crimea, told the local ATR television channel, adding the air space had been closed. It was not immediately clear if Russia had the right to use the base or send additional troops there under its agreements with Ukraine.

This follows reports that Russian troops have been on the streets in Crimea, and follows by a day reports that unidentified, masked, professional gunmen had seized the parliament building in Simferopol, Crimea’s capital, and raised the Russian flag.

President Obama offered a brief statement on the situation, from the White House. After noting the cultural and military ties between Ukraine and Russia, he said: “But any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe. It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation if Russia’s commitment to respect the independence, sovereignty, and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws.”

Obama noted that any Russian incursion coming so close to the end of the Sochi Olympics “would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.” Obama added that “the events of the past several months” remind the world “how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions.”

Obama said that Vice President Joe Biden had spoken with Ukraine’s prime minister. He took no questions from the media.

Update: Video of the president’s remarks.

Update: CNN reports that a US official says the Russian troop incursion was an “uncontested arrival.”

Update: Russian chess champion and long-time Putin critic Garry Kasparov:

Update: The United States signed a security treaty with Ukraine in 1994, in exchange for that country giving up its USSR-era nuclear weapons.

Update: After delivering his brief remarks, President Obama went to a Democratic Party gathering.

Update:

Update: While the president was enjoying happy hour, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power delivered a stronger statement. According to Power’s prepared remarks, the US is calling for Russia to “pull back” from Crimea.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Europe will be delighted to see that the Great Bear has broken loose and is expanding once more. Now that the US, so despised by Europeans, is out to lunch, they will be delighted.
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Russia gets a 9.7 for the "Foreign Invasion" event of the Winter Olympics.
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Strong statement from Obama: If you like your puppet satellite, you can keep your puppet. When do we tee off?
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If the Cubans suddenly decided to "take back" Guantanamo Bay, what would Obama do? Would Putin "help" the Cubans? I know the situations are not "equivalent" - just posing a question.
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Power didn't counsel individual accountability and reconciliation?
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Oooo! The condemnation of nations around the world. That's telling 'em, Barack! Wow, talk about talking softly but carrying a big stick. I'm so glad the cowboy era of that clumsy brute Bush is over, and we have the smart diplomacy A-team of Kerry and Obama on the job.
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It's now or never for the Russians. The US is reducing conventional military forces; the debt level is high and may prevent the country from fighting a serious war; there's a brainless peacock at the white house. While Emperor Hesitatious thinks and thinks about what to do they can roll their tanks and have breakfast in Paris next Wednesday before the US launches a counteroffensive which will be a presidential speech at most.

Progressives of the "Imagine" school of geopolitics are about to see the real consequences of electing this nincompoop. As for Europe, I hope the US reminds them this time that two generations of young Americans died so that they have the freedom to despise the hand that saved them. If the Russians eat your escargot don't come knocking and asking for Eisenhower in the middle of the night. All we got now is your Nobel Peace Price and a RESET button that is not working.
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Ummm, probably don't want to get rid of the A-10s just yet.
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"According to Power’s prepared remarks, the US is calling for Russia to “pull back” from Crimea."

That should make Putin really, really, scared! Still trying to figure out if that "lead from behind" thingy works?


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Obama reminds me of the android Cash in the original Alien. When asked what his plans are to combat the alien Cash responds with words to the effect that he and Mother (the onboard computer) are “still collating” data. Ripley (the American people) then masks her reaction (an incipient sob) to the inanity of his reply with a muted laugh. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Obama essentially wants to serve us up as lunch to the world’s monsters, but, as with the Manchurian Candidate analogy, if the shoe fits…
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He is getting flexible while Putin gets hard. Vaseline boy will let them have Europe.
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You know, I've been saying since he was elected, he reminded me of Prime Minister Chamberlain. I guess the Crimea will be his Sudetenland. Hope it doesn't end the same way.
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Watch out. He's about to give a speech.
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"..According to Power’s prepared remarks, the US is calling for Russia to “pull back” from Crimea..."

Or what? We'll tell them again?
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