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[QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [QB] just to put this into proper perspective- [b]By midnight last Friday, Russian soldiers controlled the main roads, airports and communications centres. For good measure, they were also masters of the television station. Crucially, they had sealed off the only two highways linking the Crimean peninsula with the mainland. Yesterday, they went a step further and blockaded Ukraine’s own armed forces inside their bases; the new commander of Ukraine’s navy also defected, declaring his loyalty to “the autonomous republic of Crimea.” This smoothly executed operation allowed Russia to seize control of more than 10,000 square miles of Ukraine’s territory, all without firing a shot. Did it amount to an “invasion,” as the new government in Kyiv was quick to claim? Well, no Russian tanks or armoured personnel carriers rolled across an international frontier. The troops used in the operation were mainly based in Crimea anyway, since it leases the port of Sebastopol for its Black Sea Fleet, under an agreement that allows the deployment of up to 25,000 military personnel. Invasion or not, the operation encountered no resistance – and appears to have enjoyed significant popular support. Many Russian-speakers, who comprise almost 60% of Crimea’s population, welcomed the protective embrace of Vladimir Putin’s forces.[/b] the Crimea is prolly the most important strategic base in the region... It is not even in the US's best interest for it to be "in play". Ukraine is a failed state. The real lesson here is for those of you who work against your own governments for PETTY reasons. That's how you BECOME a failed state. take heed. revolutions almost never turn out with a happy ending. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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