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Ukraine crisis press roundup

L.A. Times: Obama says Russian moves in Crimea will be ‘costly’

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday warned that Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula will be a “costly proposition” and vowed that U.S. and Western allies will impose painful economic sanctions if Moscow does not stand down.

“If in fact they continue on the current trajectory they’re on, then we are examining a whole series of steps — economic, diplomatic — that will isolate Russia and will have a negative impact on Russia’s economy and status in the world,” Obama said in brief remarks in the Oval Office.

Obama’s remarks were his first public comment since Russian forces in effect seized control of Crimea, a majority Russian-speaking region of Ukraine. Obama’s earlier warnings against military interference were rebuffed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has said Moscow must act to protect the rights of ethnic Russians from the new pro-Western government in the capital, Kiev.

Obama administration officials said Monday that they are preparing to turn the economic screws on Moscow as they search for leverage in the standoff.

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Seattle Times: How far will Putin go to push his agenda in Ukraine?

Any escalation of Russia’s military intervention, especially if it meets resistance and bloodshed, will almost certainly rattle investors and plunge Russia’s unsteady economy into free fall. With the value of the ruble already falling, there was quick speculation of a rocky start when the stock market opens Monday.

Sergei Utkin, the head of the Department of Strategic Assessment, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the relentless anti-Americanism on state media was in the past dismissed as crude propaganda that served a transparent political purpose but appeared now to reflect the actual worldview of the Kremlin. “It’s a catastrophe for Ukraine and for Russia,” he said. “The problem is that quite a few people in Russia don’t understand the consequences. They believe the country is strong and can do whatever it wants to do.”

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Time: 4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine

Even a week ago, the idea of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine seemed farfetched if not totally alarmist. The risks involved were just too enormous for President Vladimir Putin and for the country he has ruled for 14 years. But the arrival of Russian troops in Crimea over the weekend has shown that he is not averse to reckless adventures, even ones that offer little gain. In the coming days and weeks, Putin will have to decide how far he is prepared to take this intervention and how much he is prepared to suffer for it. It is already clear, however, that he cannot emerge as the winner of this conflict, at least not when the damage is weighed against the gains. It will at best be a Pyrrhic victory, and at worst an utter catastrophe. Here’s why:

At home, this intervention looks to be the one of the most unpopular decisions Putin has ever made. The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it. In phrasing its question to 1600 respondents across the country, the state-funded sociologists at WCIOM were clearly trying to get as much support for the intervention as possible: “Should Russia react to the overthrow of the legally elected authorities in Ukraine?” they asked. Only 15% said yes – hardly a national consensus.

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Reuters: Canada PM says Russia isolation could see it exit G8 entirely

Russia could ultimately be forced out of the Group of Eight major industrialized nations because of President Vladmir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday.

“We call once again on President Putin to immediately withdraw his military. President Putin’s actions have put his country on a course of diplomatic and economic isolation that could well see Russia exit the G8 entirely,” he said.

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86 Responses to “Ukraine crisis press roundup”


  1. 1 Nena20409
    March 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Okay, then…..Hello TOD ;)

  2. March 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm

  3. 14 Bill R.
    March 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm

  4. 15 sherijr
    March 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Listening to Susan Powers- she is AWESOME.

  5. 17 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  6. 18 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    LAWD…WTF?!?!?! I don’t get it….ROTFLMAO!

  7. 22 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    PBO is slow to lose his patience but I pity the person who’s in the room when his patience DOES run out…

  8. 23 susanne
    March 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    pertinent?

  9. 24 Nena20409
    March 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    http://world.time.com/2014/03/03/putin-ukraine-crimea-russia/

    Even a week ago, the idea of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine seemed farfetched if not totally alarmist. The risks involved were just too enormous for President Vladimir Putin and for the country he has ruled for 14 years. But the arrival of Russian troops in Crimea over the weekend has shown that he is not averse to reckless adventures, even ones that offer little gain. In the coming days and weeks, Putin will have to decide how far he is prepared to take this intervention and how much he is prepared to suffer for it. It is already clear, however, that he cannot emerge as the winner of this conflict, at least not when the damage is weighed against the gains.

    ////

    Doesn’t @CrowleyTIME and his fatuous twitpic know what is Up at TIME?

  10. 25 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    David Frum and GG are quarreling on Twitter.

  11. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  12. 29 Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Christian Amampour just bitch slapped Newt Gingrich, Wolf Blitzer and Stephen Cohen all in the same segment….

    Wolf got very defensive. Newt did not come back to the next segment and Cohen just giggled.

  13. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    March 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I can’t stop watching this video. The best musical performance of the night. No one can listen and watch without moving in one form or another. The audience interaction made for a fun experience.

    • March 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      One of the very best surprises of the ceremony. Loved it!

      • March 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        I truly enjoyed most of the program…I never watch the oscars…but I was encourage by my TOD village to listen in and I am glad that I did…there were some really enjoyable moments…the most golden moment was Lupita’s acceptance speech…”12 years a slave” winning for best picture…….still amazed by that….and the Happy song …I also enjoyed Ellen’s sefie and pizza moment….

    • 33 LDS
      March 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      NW, I feel the same way and that is why HE should have won. I never heard the other song(not to imply that it is not worthy)…..But the fact of the matter everyone in the work I’d dancing to this song in their own way. It makes people feel “Happy”. We all need this now. You may be tired of hearing it, but somebody somewhere needs to be uplifted. This song will help bring you out of a slump even if you don’t want to. Just to be fair, I will make it my business to listen to the other song.

  14. 34 vcprezofan2
    March 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Okay, apart from being unable to participate in the morning hashtag suggested by Symmetry, what did I miss?

  15. 35 sherijr
    March 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    these UN journalists seem kind of flaky.

  16. 36 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    See my point about Mark Knoller?

    • March 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Sharpton will always be who he is …an activist concentrating on bread and butter issues that matter to everyday people….(not to say that world events are not important…but it is hard to theorize and debate other things when you and your family are hungry…just a fact)… one of the differences between him and the other hosts….they talk about issues…Sharpton has been out there for a long time…agitating for change on those bread and butter issues..

      Mark was tried his to belittle Sharpton…insinuating that he does not belong….

      We see him….
      thanks for calling him out….

      • 38 hopefruit2
        March 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Exactly pf58! That was a low blow by Knoller, a very classless tweet. As if wage levels are unimportant. Perhaps if Knoller got his obese arse off Twitter and did some REAL work for minimum wage, he would have a different perspective on things.

      • 39 99ts
        March 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        ” it is hard to theorize and debate other things when you and your family are hungry” – as Pierce keeps saying in his 1st law of economics – people have no jobs, people have no money.

        The GOP and the media love Putin – because it allows them to pursue their ghastly policies at home – without anyone reporting on same.

    • 40 anniebella
      March 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Is there anything wrong with Rev. Al talking about minimum wage? Knoller can be a jackass.

      • 41 carolyn
        March 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        Someone has to deal with the subjects and causes Rev. Al does. I am proud of him for tackling that subject tonight. Everyone else will jump on Ukraine, Crimea, Putin, and yell loudly in their ignorance. They follow the pack. Rev. Al knows why he’s in that place and does exactly what he is supposed to. Knoller is ignorant.

    • 42 susanne
      March 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      waiting for mark knoller to tweet about paul ryan’s report on poverty programs today. isn’t ryan interested in ukraine?

  17. 43 dotster3
    March 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Paul Ryan calls for cuts to anti-poverty programs because……….? he’s a Republican? I can never figure out what kind of country these Repubs want to live in——people dying in the streets? They better be prepared to build a bunch more gated communities—–with really high walls and gates. Heartless stupidity.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-paul-ryan-poverty-20140303,0,105791.story

  18. 44 99ts
    March 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    America elected PBO to get out of wars – not to start new ones – tis a sad day when the US media supported by RW politicians tell the world that Putin’s way is the right way – and the world should be in a constant state or warfare – because ??? – I have no reason.

    • 45 dotster3
      March 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Maddening that even our local news in Chgo is airing McCain’s rants—–yelling anti-Obama propaganda, U.S. has lost its position of strength in the world etc. etc.. They laid off the anti-Obama stuff there for a spell, but they are seemingly joyfully taking advantage of the current mess and leaping back in with the McCain/Repub political propaganda——getting closer to election time?

      • 46 99ts
        March 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        I ma amazed that anyone would want the job of US President – may explain why the GOP cannot get an intelligent person to run for the job & why HRC is leading on the democrat side.

        After watching the five years of PBO – no-one will ever get close to achieving what he has achieved – not to mention refusing to start WWIII. Those who attack his diplomacy have no understanding at all.

      • 47 hopefruit2
        March 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Don’t be fooled- they are not joyful. This a front. As I said last September during the Syrian crisis, the media gets extremely anxious whenever there’s an international event – because they are afraid that Barack Obama’s exceptional foreign policy skills will bear out – leaving them, the PL and the GOP looking even more stupid than ever. So they try to get ahead of the narrative as quickly as possible – painting PBO in as negative a light as they possibly can. And hoping/knowing that some stupid Americans will fall for it. But the media’s credibility is shrinking so their propaganda is falling on fewer ears – despite their continued efforts on that end.

  19. March 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    En español:

  20. 57 sherijr
    March 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    wow, seriously you all ought to be listening to these ‘journalist’s’ questions to the Ukranian Ambassador – they are very biased.. it’s weird.

    • 58 99ts
      March 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      “journalists” as in US media? Where are you watching? is it online?

      • 59 sherijr
        March 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        here: http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=3 abc, multi-national reporters it sounds like… but one American woman was a trip.. talking about “her” President Roosevelt.. and how he was threatened by head of some faction in Ukraine… as I said weird.

        • 60 99ts
          March 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

          Not sure if I’m allowed there or not – but I’ve bookmarked it, thanks sherijr – seems it is finished. I am so tired of the continual demands for war – of the glorifying of war – of those who think military actions are the pinnacle of success for a statesman/woman.

          Just noticed it is letting me watch AIPAC – so it seems not limited – just introducing John Kerry

          • 61 sherijr
            March 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

            sorry – went to Barnes & Nobles online.. and got caught up in all the books :) I am with you.. very tired of the “glorifying of war” – the wish to solve things forcefully. sick.of.it.

  21. 62 symmetry11
    March 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I had to share this….
    Promise reciting her rendition of “The Negro Mother” by Langston Hughes: youtu.be/cgAWIoKEuDs

  22. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm
  23. 70 susanne
    March 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    lord have mercy. next will alcoholics anonymous start handing out whiskey to lure more converts?

    ‘ The Kentucky Baptist Convention wants to “point people to Christ” by giving away guns at Second Amendment Celebrations hosted across the state.

    In the words of spokesman Chuck McAlister the strategy is “outreach to rednecks,” and 1,000 people are expected to attend the next event. To lure the nonreligious into the fold, the churches are offering a handgun, shotgun, or long gun as door prizes.
    ~
    At one event in February, McAlister reportedly took the stage surrounded by guns and discussed politics, saying gun violence is “not the gun, it’s the man behind the gun,” and “criminals don’t care about a bunch of rules.” God did not come up for the first 30 minutes. ‘

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/03/3352681/kentucky-churches-giving-1000-guns-help-people-discover-jesus/

  24. 73 susanne
    March 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    kerry at aipac making a great speech. http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=3

  25. 74 globalcitizenlinda
    March 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    most of us have heard reports of states relying on the imprisonment of people in order to generate huge revenues;

    however, I have never seen a graphic such as this below which demonstrates the location of various prisons/correctional institutions;

    no wonder political leaders are repeatedly pushing for “tough on crime” laws which are dominated by laws to lock up people to generate revenue;

    I believe that one way to get a reduction in the mass incarceration rates is get profits (and wallstreet listings) out of imprisonment and prison operation;

  26. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    This is incredible. They have the original article that was printed in the NY Times 161 years ago about Solomon Northrup’s kidnapping.

  27. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    March 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

  28. 78 dotster3
    March 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Repubs just love them some Pooty-Poot. He’s their new hero. Pretty amazing. They’re quite the patriots, eh?

    • 79 anniebella
      March 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Do anyone care what Giuliani thinks of our President? Hell No. How many Democrats walk around praising Saddam Hussein when G.W. invaded Iraq? It just shows you how lowlife Republicans are.

    • 80 LDS
      March 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Putin sure is going down now that Giuliani speaks ……it’s just a matter of time.

    • 81 99ts
      March 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      The GOP cannot bring down the President – so think WWIII is a good alternative. Unbelievable in fiction

    • 82 Sandy1110
      March 3, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Just imagine what the RWNJs would have done if any Democrat had dared praise the Russian – or any other – leader over to Bush II. Nasty, treasonous hypocrites.

  29. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    March 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  30. March 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    MSM play up Keystone protest at the WH but can’t be bothered to cover the thousands that show up for Moral Mondays.


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