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March 18, 2014 - 9:21 am

Multiple outlets are reporting that Russian troops stormed a Ukrainian military base in Simferopol, Crimea today. At this point, Reuters is reporting one Ukrainian soldier was killed; this Die Welt report says the soldier was wounded.

Troops stormed a Ukrainian base on the outskirts of Simferopol on Tuesday, according to a Ukrainian military spokesman.

One Ukrainian officer was reported to have been wounded in the neck. There was no immediate indication of who was behind the incident, although Kyiv soon afterwards said Russia was responsible for the attack.

Immediately after the incident, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said the conflict had moved from a political to a military stage.

“Today, Russian soldiers began shooting at Ukrainian servicemen,” said Yatseniuk. “This is a war crime.”

The storming of the base in Simferopol comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered an address to his rubber-stamp parliament. In that address Putin called Crimea an integral part of Russia. Putin also accused Ukraine’s current leaders of being controlled by anti-Semitic radicals, and stated that Russia had no choice but to intervene in Crimea once Yanukovych was ousted. Putin’s address sets the stage for the annexation of Crimea, and lays down the logic by which he will eventually move into eastern Ukraine.

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More: CNN reports that a Ukrainian warrant officer is the soldier killed in today’s violence.

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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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"What difference, at this point, does it make?"
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Who was it, again, that giggled at the suggestion that Russia was a geopolitical foe?
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It matters. It is news. When an army takes a major city either from fighting a pitched battle or through threatening to open the gates or they will raze it to the ground, it does not much matter. The fact is they have the territory and they acquired it through force or the threat of force.

They just added 1 Billion to their GDP and subtracted it form Ukraine's
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What is Russian for "Surrender"?

"I would like to present you with a little gift that represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and that is: 'We want to reset our relationship, and so we will do it together.' ...“You got it wrong," said Lavrov, as both diplomats laughed.

“It should be “perezagruzka” [the Russian word for reset]," said Lavrov."This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.’”

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The K.O. (Kerry-Obama) doctrine worked well. now USA is KO
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Now the world will reap the folly of the American white guilt lobby re-electing this bumbling bunch of buffoons who think they have a clue in running a complex organism like the United States of America.
Hopefully they can be ousted before the entire free world is lost. I am not optimistic.
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We're supposed to believe that the Crimean resolution vote was rigged but the 2012 US presidential election was NOT?
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No need to rig the whole election. Just key precincts in key swing states. Very small percentage needed to swing the election.
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As with Stalin: "It doesn't matter who votes. What matters is who counts the votes."
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The Russian KGB guy says he's fighting anti-Semites. THAT is rich.
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Chance of U.S. going to war to keep Russia from annexing Crimea/parts of Ukraine: 0.00%. Chance of Obama and Kerry bloviating and pontificating about it: 100.0%. This is part of Obama's "Speak loudly and carry no stick" policy. Doesn't work any better with Russia than it would on the South Side of Chicago.
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Why aren't the media asking Hillary for a comment about her reset of Ruskie Relations?
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Give her a call at 3 AM.
27 weeks ago
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"What difference, at this point, does it make?"
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Why are Ukrainian soldiers on Russian soil?
27 weeks ago
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Because Russian troops are still on Japanese soil.

Cheers
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Because the Ukrainian base involved was built on Ukrainian soil.
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Certainly they knew about the recent election and that the Crimea has legally become a part of Russia. Didn't the illegitimate government in Kiev not foresee this and have a contingency plan to safely extract their personnel? Or is Kiev just trying to antagonize Russia?
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Ah, yes, the recent "election" with a 93% "yes" vote.
How many of those voters were unicorns?
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Why are you pretending it's legitimately antagonizing to Russia for Ukrainian soldiers to stay where they were before Russia chose to create a crisis?
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Who was it, again, that giggled at the suggestion that Russia was a geopolitical foe?
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That also included the likely next Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary.
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The face of brutality hastens the academics back to the faculty lounge, where they protest the irregularity of the situation—in Aristotelian terms, no doubt.
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"Putin also accused Ukraine’s current leaders of being controlled by anti-Semitic radicals,..."

That's a particularly vile accusation, coming from the Russian government.
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well, since for all intends and purposes Russia has no jews left, they can lay a claim of no longer being anti-semitic :)
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A crime you are absolved of, if you do it well enough?
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