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Ukraine crisis in tweets

If it seems like what’s happening in Crimea is the new normal, it’s because it is. Russia and Putin are soon going to learn that a dwarf economy with nuclear weapons only has those weapons to fall back on, which is suicidal. All that the US and EU have to do is apply increasing pressure economically before Crimea becomes a strategic mistake of historic proportions.

Here is your Ukraine roundup.

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141 Responses to “Ukraine crisis in tweets”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    My award for coming in first should be

    1. A free drink
    2. An extra slice of VC’s birthday cake.

    Thanks all!! :)

  2. 12 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Happy to see that people are increasingly UNimpressed by this “Snowden” nonsense…

  3. March 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Susan Rice: U.S. will never accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea

    The United States and the rest of the world “will never accept” Russia’s annexation of Crimea, President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice said Friday, adding that the situation there has prompted the U.S. to fundamentally reassess its relationship with Russia.

    “In the years since the ending of the Cold War, the United States and Europe and, indeed, the international community have proceeded along a path where we’ve made clear that our interest was in more fully integrating Russia politically and economically into Europe and into, indeed, the fabric of the international system and the global economy,” Rice told reporters. “But that was predicated on an expectation that Russia would play by the rules of the road — the economic and security rules of the road — international law, and the norms and principles that govern responsible international action.”

    “The rest of the world has said absolutely clearly that they reject and will never accept the annexation of Crimea, that this is an act that is in blatant violation of international laws and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and it will have consequences, and it already has,” she continued.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/susan-rice-us-will-never-accept-russias-annexation-of-crimea/

  4. March 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Fantastic, thanks a million Chelsea Man!

  5. 20 Bill R.
    March 22, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Good posts, as always, LL.

  6. 21 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  7. 22 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  8. 23 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  9. March 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “On March 22, at 12:00, some 300 supporters of the Communist Party of Ukraine held a demonstration on the Svoboda square in Kherson in support of a referendum for the “federalization” of Ukraine. The communists announced their action as a “national referendum.” However, they were greatly outnumbered by some 3000 members of the Kherson Euromaidan and ordinary townspeople who demonstrated for the integrity and indivisibility of Ukraine, reports Espreso.TV, citing the news source “Kherson online.”

    To avoid the type of violence provoked by similar pro-Russian demonstrations in Kharkiv and Donetsk, Kherson law enforcement made sure to separate both groups. Police practically surrounded the communists since the pro-Ukraine demonstrators occupied almost the entire Svoboda square as well as a playground across the street. In this fashion, the “federalists” found themselves sandwiched by the pro-Ukraine forces on both sides at once.”

    http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/03/22/pro-ukraine-demonstrators-outnumber-pro-russian-activists-in-kherson/#more-5467

    • March 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Kherson is a critical control point for the flow of water and electricity to Crimea. A little perspective on that issue:

      “Water, gas and electricity come across a narrow corridor connecting Crimea to the rest of Ukraine. There are no access routes from Russia – apart from a ferry across the Strait of Kerch.

      “There is no other way than the supply via the Ukrainian mainland – even if Crimea becomes part of the Russian Federation,” said Gabriele Baumann, head of the office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kyiv.

      Supplying Crimea was already difficult 60 years ago: in 1954, the peninsula was transferred to what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

      “This was ultimately for purely economic reasons, because the peninsula could not be supplied from Soviet Russian territory; in particular, with water,” says Wolfram Roebuck, Chairman of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency. What is often described as a gift from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to the Ukrainians was primarily a solution for an energy problem.”

      http://en.haberler.com/crimea-s-lifeline-runs-through-ukraine-396094/

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      It’s highly improbable that Ukrainian government would create a humanitarian crisis in Crimea, however, they hold all the cards. They have shown enormous restraint in Crimea for many reasons, not least of which is it has increased their legitimacy in the eyes of the world. But, everyone knows that a push by Russia to occupy any part of the mainland is going to be resisted.

      Putin’s strategic blunders are truly remarkable as they reveal him to be an exceptionally unstable, naive fool.

      #TrustBarack

      • March 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        The above is context for the exceptional action of the EU Commission, yesterday. They informed Russia that ALL exports from Crimea must pass through Ukraine, not via Russia, for the trade in EU Member Nations to be legal.

  10. 27 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Happy, happy birthday VC! I hope your special day is progressing wonderfully.

    • 28 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      I really couldn’t ask for better progress, PW4O. It’s been a great, relaxing day, thank you. :)

  11. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the tweets and info, LL! Off to nap and (day)dream!

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      It never ceases to amaze me when you go off for a nap during the day – such a strange phenomenon.

      • 31 jacquelineoboomer
        March 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        Some people can’t! But I sometimes awake early and go to sleep at 2 a.m., so I must! :)

        • 32 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

          Oh, I often keep similar night time hours, but I’m one of those who cannot nap during the daytime, no matter how tired I am. Very annoying at times, so it was a little bit of jealousy talking. ;)

          • 33 jacquelineoboomer
            March 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

            Ha. Sometimes I take an afternoon nap, with the sun’s shinin’ on my face through the window! My friend practically needs blackout curtains. :)

      • 36 canadabarb4obama
        March 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

        Happy Birthday VC. Heard more snow in Ontario! hope you missed it!

        • 37 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

          No, I didn’t miss it, but as I didn’t plan, or need, to go anywhere today I really didn’t mind. I was able to look smugly out the window and wink at the snow on the ground. Although, in truth my driveway snow melted by the end of the day.

          Thank you for the B-day wishes, CdaBard. Since I only allow myself one preening day (my birthday) per year, your wish is greatly appreciated. :)

  12. 38 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Happy Birthday, VC. May you be Blessed with love, peace, and joy!

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Merci, Alycée. This has been a great day! I know you have been ill,off and on, but how are YOU faring these days?

  13. 40 susanne
    March 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    good morning chips and todbots! happy birthday Very Classy! and happy water day everyone everywhere!

  14. 41 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

  15. 42 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

  16. 43 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I missed this when it came out. It’s being featured on the White House YouTube channel today.
    Best White House ever. The President and his team knows how to take the message to The People!

  17. 44 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    • 45 anniebella
      March 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Where was the big bad John McCain and Lindsey Graham at when Russia invaded Georgia? Was they on tv 24/7 calling Bush weak for not going after Putin?

      • 46 Dudette
        March 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Might be just you and me, anniebella, but I don’t recall any of that at all. Interesting, isn’t it? Makes you wanna go … hmmm.

  18. 47 Nena20409
    March 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Au for HF2. Congrats.
    See You Lovely folks tomorrow. >-I

  19. March 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, this week joined members of the Raise the Wage PA coalition at the state Capitol to call for an increase in the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Rep. Kim has introduced legislation that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

    Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008. For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, this would get her family above the poverty line, which is $19,530 for a household of three. Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only makes $15,080, which is almost $4,500 below the poverty line. The current minimum wage forces many full-time working parents onto public assistance. The low minimum wage is especially harmful to women, who account for two-thirds of workers earning minimum wage.

  20. 51 Dudette
    March 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Heading out to go soak up some sun before it goes out on me.
    Not at the beach though, at the park. Working with what I’ve got! :-}

    See ya later everyone! Happy Birthday VC!

  21. 53 anniebella
    March 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I was watching the Jesse Jackson’s son Jonathan and he said that not one minority is on the board of Facebook. So maybe POTUS can give Mark Zuckerberg a call and ask him about that.

    • 54 Nerdy Wonka
      March 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Hahahahaha…..BURN.

      Great point, Anniebella.

      I’d like to hear the excuse Mark Zuckerberg comes up with.

    • 55 hopefruit2
      March 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Good point, anniebella. Especially since minorities have hugely contributed to FB’s bottom line.

  22. March 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Seems like Katrina Van Den Hoover is finally getting a clue:

  23. 58 Nerdy Wonka
    March 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

  24. March 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  25. 61 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    When many of them thought that it was PBO who was going to be hurt….

  26. 63 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    That’s right, little by little; one by one; And so it goes…we will get there America, we WILL get there…

  27. March 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    NATO’s relations with Ukraine

    The formal basis for NATO-Ukraine relations is the 1997 Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which established the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). Successive governments reinforced the political dialogue and practical cooperation between NATO and Ukraine. NATO supports a range of initiatives in Ukraine, while Ukraine contributes to NATO’s missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, and in 2013 became the first partner country to contribute to the NATO-led counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield.

    Following recent developments, on 27 February 2014, NATO Defence Ministers stated that “a sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security.” This echoes a key point made in the 1997 Charter. Defence Ministers added that “NATO Allies will continue to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, territorial integrity, democratic development, and the principle of inviolability of frontiers, as key factors of stability and security in Central and Eastern Europe and on the continent as a whole.”

    At the Chicago Summit in May 2012, NATO leaders marked the 15th anniversary of the 1997 Charter and welcomed Ukraine’s commitment to enhancing political dialogue and interoperability with NATO, as well as its contributions to NATO-led operations. They also declared that NATO was ready to continue to develop its cooperation with Ukraine and assist with the implementation of reforms in the framework of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the Annual National Programme. This continued support was reiterated by NATO Defence Ministers at their February 2014 gathering.

    Dialogue and cooperation between NATO and Ukraine has become well-established in a wide range of areas. In particular, Ukraine has proved to be an important contributor to Euro-Atlantic security in the framework of NATO-led operations.

    Another important aspect of relations is the support given by NATO and individual Allies for Ukraine’s ongoing reform efforts, particularly in the defence and security sectors. These reforms are vital for the country’s democratic development.

    Considerably more info on the updated NATO website (just click each button): http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_37750.htm??utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=web

    • March 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      There was a report this morning on Euronews showing Crimean Russians trading in their Ukrainian passports for Russian ones. One of the people interviewed waxed rhapsodically about how much more economically stable Russia was compared to Ukraine, and how this would work out well for her. I was thinking, “Lady, Putin hasn’t begun to feel even 1% of what’s coming down the pipe.”

      • March 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

        So much of what I read about Crimean Russians and mainland ‘former Soviets’ reminds me of what we’ve witnessed for the past 30 + years in America – folk believing the carefully crafted propaganda of the oligarchs and making choices (including voting) entirely against their own best interests.

        I’ve now read reports from Crimea that the store shelves have not been restocked since 15 March (when everyone bought all the food they could). Staples like milk aren’t available. Reality is that what all the folk in Crimea depend – food, electricity, water, i.e., the basics, all come from mainland Ukraine.

        It’s only going to get worse for the inhabitants of Crimea. We’ll watch with interest how long they remain enamored with Tzar Vlad.

    • 72 desertflower
      March 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Perfect comment by Astorix there: Memorize this if you need to…so it falls off your lips.

      Repeat after me.

      “I am a Democrat. I fight for human rights. I want to see equal pay for equal work. I want to see Latinos get an equal chance for citizenship as our European ancestors got. I am the party that wants to stop polluters and clean up the environment. I want to get billionaires’ money out of the election process because it’s either a plutocracy or a democracy. It can’t be both. I want voting rights restored. I want to empty the for profit prison system of poor and minority people who are there to keep the stockholders happy.
      I want the GOP to stop telling women what they can do. I want to see Stand Your Ground laws repealed. I want religion to have no place in politics. I want to see gay people have the freedom to marry. I want dope to be legal. I want asset forfeiture to be illegal. GOP takes away and I give back.

      I am who I am and I won’t apologize for it.”

      Not hard to do. We just need to sync the message among ALL Democrats.

  28. March 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    “I made that decision, I watched and learned about his inclusive approach to decision-making, his ability to focus on a North Star and see the long game, his pragmatic approach that rejects both cynicism and idealism, his tendency to be the counter-puncher, the fact that he thinks before he speaks, the way he values empathy and engages in deep listening, his ability to publicly admit mistakes and move on and yes…the fact that he is completely devoted to his wife and daughters.”

  29. 78 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    LMAO!

  30. 82 Judith Fardig
    March 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Off topic for this thread, but my OFA Team is all about supporting the ACA enrollment fairs until the end of March. Today at Centro Cultural:

    http://twitter.com/FardigJudith/status/447503808495513600

  31. 85 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Whatever happened to Arianna Huffington? She was a media “rising star” from 2009-2011 and then just seemed to have disappeared after the 2012 elections. Not that I mind or anything..but was just curious as to what the story might be…

  32. March 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  33. March 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    The only indigenous people of Crimea are not going to cooperate with Tzar Vlad ….

  34. March 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Ukraine Travel Warning
    March 21, 2014

    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and to defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula, and in Russia near the Ukrainian border. Russia is taking actions in support of its attempt to annex the Crimean Peninsula and is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim. The United States and Ukraine do not recognize this claimed annexation, and the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is constrained in its ability to provide assistance to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in the Crimean Peninsula. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated March 7 and Emergency Message dated March 14, 2014, to provide updated information on the situation in the Crimean Peninsula and the eastern regions of Ukraine.

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    The situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and could change quickly. U.S. citizens throughout Ukraine should avoid large crowds. Those in Kyiv should keep away from the downtown areas of Kyiv near Independence Square and government buildings. U.S. citizens should be prepared to remain indoors for extended periods of time should clashes occur in their vicinity.

    Much more detail at: http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/tw032114.html

    • March 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      BTW, consistent with an insight John (aka Japa) posted about Crimea’s tourist and cruise ship visits being disrupted, and the impact on the local economy throughout Crimea, I’ve now seen reports that not only are cruise ships canceling port stops but that the 2014 tourist season is going to be an economic disaster if Tzar Vlad persists.

      • 94 carolyn
        March 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        I was wondering how much this incursion is going to hurt tourism. I’m sure Americans won’t be traveling there, and I imagine Brits, French Scandinavians, Japanese…..others won’t be either. I imagine also that cruise ships bring quite a bit of income and cash to the port cities.
        How much will tourism be hurt in other parts of Russia? I’m thinking specifically of St. Petersburg and the wealthy people on expensive Baltic cruises.
        People who travel will find plenty of other places to go. I’m thinking there can well be a spike in tourists visiting China after FLOTUS’s visit.

        By the way, ABC had a good piece on her visit tonight. Mentioned the surprise greeting by the President and his wife, and that his wife said she felt quite comfortable with Michelle, and that Michelle tackled freedom of the internet and how important that is today.

        The pictures on our large screen HDTV were absolutely gorgeous! The red dress is magnificent!

        • March 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

          Thank you for the update on the ABC program about FLOTUS’s China trip, Carolyn.

          Crimea, in a matter of a few weeks, has degraded significantly. No one is going to have fun there – perhaps for a very long time. Tzar Vlad may ship folk there to lay on the beach and pretend, but the robust international tourism is dead.

          • 96 Lovepolitics2008
            March 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

            Tourism in Russia is also dead. WHO is going to go there ? Europeans ? Americans ? Canadians ? Japanese ? Chinese ? Nobody.

        • 97 hopefruit2
          March 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

          Yes, I saw the ABC segment and was pleasantly surprised (and satisfied) with the report. And interestingly, they never mentioned Snowden’s latest dump about NSA spying on China – I guess they realized that Snowden is no longer credible based on people’s responses to the NY Times report earlier today.

  35. March 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    • 99 anniebella
      March 22, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Raise your hand if you think China spies on America. End of subject. Snowden and anyone involved with him is a dam traitor to this country.

  36. 100 GGail
    March 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Hellloooooooo, is the birthday girl still around?

    I had to do some real work today and I’ve missed everything. I haven’t even gone to read all the posts I’ve missed today.

    Is there any cake left?

  37. March 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  38. March 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  39. 104 dotster3
    March 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Creepy to the max, and beyond——-these Purity Balls——now happening in 48 states!——where fathers vow to protect their daughters’ purity—-chasteness—-until marriage. (and I wouldn’t be surprised if they interfere even then) First kiss is to be at the wedding ceremony——like the Duggars! Father presents girls with rings, saying she is now “married to the lord” and that he, her father, is her “boyfriend”. Ay yi yi yi yi yi yi! This is your evangelical mega churches in action. Nightline “lifts the veil” on a program about this weirdo, incestuous type phenomenon tonight. Also happening in 17 countries—-thank you U.S. missionaries—–good work! Good work on the anti-gay stuff too!

      • 106 desertflower
        March 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        It’s only for procreatin’ ya know!

        • 107 carolyn
          March 22, 2014 at 8:41 pm

          These are indeed creepy. Every once in a while, our local paper has a picture of one of these balls, usually with a local celebrity with his daughter. Ugh! My daughter reacted just this way when she heard about them. She found them beyond creepy, actually perverted.
          How have the religious right been so influential in spreading their weirdness?????
          Glad Cynthia McFadden is opening this up to the public. Sunshine is healthy.

          • 108 MightyPamela
            March 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

            Carolyn, I suspect it is just easier than thinking for themselves… But the level of brainwashing and control over their children’s lives is astonishing. I don’t quite get why the kids fall for it, teens are supposed to take the path away from their parents, just to individuate and grow into their own being. It’s very sad indeed. Some may never wake, must perpetuate the pattern.

            • 109 Lovepolitics2008
              March 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm

              They want their private chartered schools because they know it’s the only way to control their kids.

  40. March 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  41. 121 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

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    Yo, Pamela and Hopefruit, I just got this delivery from Sweden! Aren’t we lucky? :) :) Help yourselves.

  42. March 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Would not recommend any of you install this, but just to show you, IT professionals do know how to organize DDOS attacks. This approach is similar to the way SETI@Home recruited hundreds of thousands of computers to donate ‘unused cycles’ to support computational signal analysis. It runs in the ‘background,’ i.e., the user does not experience any degradation of their computer performance. Nothing is written to the computer and the program does not have access to read anything. Obviously an element of trust is required which has proven to be valid in the case of SETI.

    So, with that as context, I thought all of you would be interested to see that even within Tzar Vlad’s police state he’s got folk who are more than eager to be disruptive.

    “Russian activists who do not want to fight the Ukrainian people appeal to Right Sector

    They have created an Internet community which will block the websites and servers of Russian government agencies until the Kremlin calls back its last soldier occupier from Ukraine.

    Their activities will include:

    1. Blocking the websites and servers of Russian government services.

    2. Providing truthful and unbiased facts to ordinary citizens about the events in Crimea and other regions of Ukraine.

    To join, download and launch a special program on your computer.

    Right Sector supports such initiatives by conscious Russian citizens, and encourages the people of Ukraine to join the practical activities aimed at stopping the aggression by the Kremlin and awakening the consciousness of completely misinformed average Russian citizens.”

    More here – http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/03/23/russian-activists-who-do-not-want-to-fight-the-ukrainian-people-appeal-to-right-sector/

    • 137 MightyPamela
      March 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      This solidarity with each other as human beings, offering support for the rights of others, and dedicated to free speech, is what will bring this dreadful time to a close for the people’s of these nations ~ for hundreds of years they have been fighting the same battles, praying and working towards the same unified goals of self-sovereignty and self-determination. God be with them.

  43. March 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Attention BT’s I have a post ready if anybody is around.

  44. 140 LDS
    March 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Hello TOD!
    VC, just dropped by to wish you a Happy Birthday!
    Enjoy the rest of the evening and many, many more.


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