Russian Annexation of Crimea

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Vladimir Putin: The Annexation of Crimea

The Russian annexation of Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Crimea only two days after voters in the partly self governed region agreed to a hurriedly called referendum on release from the Ukraine.

Up to now Crimea had its own Parliament, but the Ukrainian government had veto power over its actions. After the uprising that forced pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych from office, Russian troops poured into the Crimean Peninsula, effectively cutting it off. Putin said Russia had to act, as Ukraine’s new United States and European backed government wanted to snatch the state through terror and murders.

Putin declared the 22,000 Russian troops did not enter Crimea during the current crisis, but were already there, according to previous international negotiations. He praised those forces for avoiding bloodshed, but the tensions boiled over into violence. According to Putin almost 97% of Crimean residents voted to join Russia.

Ukraine Reaction on Annexation of Crimea

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called the annexation an unaccepted robbery on an international scale. Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian member of Parliament and former foreign minister, said that his country stands Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called the annexation an unaccepted robbery on an international scale. Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian member of Parliament and former foreign minister, said that his country stands at “the beginning of a very dangerous conflict”.

After a member of its military was killed, another wounded and more captured by masked gunmen, Ukraine’s defense ministry authorized its forces to open fire. It is war! The crisis shifted from political to militaristic.

Some weeks ago there was a guarantee that nothing would happen with the Crimea and apparently there was no military presence on Ukrainian territory, including the Crimea. Now it is believed that not only Ukrainian territory is under threat.

Annexation of Crimea: International reaction

International observers thinks Moscow saw the chance to annex a strategic territory, which is home to the port of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Russia is now isolated by the whole international community.

U.S. and EU officials imposed sanctions on more than two dozen Russian and Crimean officials on Monday and insisted that Russia stop intensifying the crisis. Moscow ignored those calls.

Annexation on Tuesday brought renewed disapproval from the West. British Prime Minister David Cameron said it sends a chilling message across the continent of Europe. He declared it totally unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders based on a mock referendum held ‘at the barrel of a Russian gun’.

Putin can expect to be at the receiving end more serious consequences after the meeting of European leaders today!

 

Ref.: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/