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Russia Takes Over Gas Plant Outside Crimia

Russia Takes Over Gas Plant Outside Crimia

If you thought that Crimea was all that Putin was after. Think again.

 

Russian Forces Cross Crimea Border to Seize Gas Plant on Eve of Referendum

by Fox News Insider // Mar 15 2014 // 4:58pm

Russian forces entered a village near the border of Crimea to take control of a gas plant on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Fox News confirms.

 

 

Read more below via FoxNews.com:

Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, a Ukrainian official said. 

Fox News confirmed Russia troops took over a gas plant in the Kherson region, located between Crimea and Russia. 

The action in Strilkove appeared to be the first move outside Crimea, where Russian forces have been in effective control since late last month. There were no reports of gunfire or injuries. The incident raises tensions already at a high level before Sunday's referendum.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry denounced the foray outside Crimea, and said Ukraine "reserves the right to use all necessary measures to stop the military invasion by Russia."

The village is on a long spit reaching northward from the main part of the Black Sea peninsula, about six miles north of the border between Crimea and the Kherson region.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian border guard service, Oleg Slobodyan, told The Associated Press the Russians, about 120 in all, took control of a natural gas distribution station in the village. The Foreign Ministry said the force consisted of about 80 and didn't mention the station, but said the village was seized.

As Crimea prepares for Sunday's referendum, dozens of billboards throughout the regional capital proclaim "Together With Russia." But a few have been hit by spray-painters who scrawled out "Russia" and replaced it with "Ukraine."

The referendum is denounced by Kiev and the West as illegitimate ; the West is threatening costly sanctions against Russia if it moves to incorporate Crimea. But the result is seen as a foregone conclusion -- Crimea is almost certain to vote to split off, further aggravating Ukraine's political crisis and one of the harshest East-West confrontations since the end of the Cold war.

In Moscow, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in central Moscow against the referendum. Protesters carried banners that read: "For your freedom and for ours!" One demonstrator held up a plate of salo -- cured pork fat that is a staple of Ukrainian cuisine and adored by many Russians -- along with a poster that read: "Make salo, not war!"

Nearby, a rally of several thousand people was held close to the Kremlin in support of Russian intervention in Crimea.

At the United Nations, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution declaring the referendum illegal, and close ally China abstained in a sign of Moscow's isolation on the issue. Supporters of the U.S.-sponsored resolution knew that Russia would use its veto. But they put the resolution to a vote Saturday morning to show the strength of opposition in the 15-member Security Council to Moscow's takeover of Crimea. The final vote was 13 members in favor, China's abstention, and Russia as a permanent council member casting a veto.

The question of whether Crimea, a strategically important Black Sea peninsula that is home to a key Russian naval base, should become part of Moscow's orbit raises strong passions on both sides.

Supporters say the region rightfully belongs to Russia and that the government that replaced fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych is a coterie of fascist-minded nationalists who will abuse Crimea's majority ethnic-Russian population. Opponents bristle at Russia's heavy hand. Crimea effectively is already under Russian control after forces were sent in last month.

Tensions are also high elsewhere in Ukraine. 

Two people were killed and several others wounded, including a policeman, in a shootout at the building of a far-right Ukrainian nationalist group, highlighting the tensions in the eastern part of the country that have erupted in Ukraine's political turmoil.

Details of the Friday night shooting in the city of Kharkiv were murky, but local news reports said it broke out after a skirmish between pro-Russia demonstrators and their opponents.

Violence has escalated in Ukraine's Russia-leaning east in recent days, as pro-Russia demonstrators have seized government buildings and clashed with supporters of the new Kiev government. At least one person died and 17 were wounded in clashes in the city of Donetsk on Thursday.

Kharkiv, near the Russian border, is a hotbed of pro-Russia sentiment and opposition to the acting Ukrainian government that took power last month after Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in the wake of months of protests.

After the skirmish, according to the reports, there was gunfire outside a building housing the offices of several nationalist groups including Right Sector, which was one of the drivers of the protests against Yanukovych and that vehemently opposes Russian influence in Ukraine.

Russia has denounced Right Sector and similar groups as "fascists" who allegedly want to oppress ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

A spokesman for Right Sector in eastern Ukraine, Igor Moseichuk, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying the shooting was a "planned provocation by pro-Russian forces."

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page that two people were killed and several wounded, including a policeman who was seriously injured. He said some 30 people "from both sides" had been detained.

The victims' identities were not immediately made public. Moseichuk was quoted as saying the two killed were not among those inside the Right Sector offices.

The Ukrainian region of Crimea, where ethnic Russians are a majority, is effectively under Russian control after troops entered following Yanukovych's departure

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Rockstar

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Obama better get busy and tell a couple more of those meanies that they can't come to Disney World anymore.



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Or BO might ban the importation of caviar.  Yikes!  If that don't put the fear in Putin I don't know what will.  That man in the WH is an embarrassment to say the least.

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I see some real big problems coming our way ...

 

We still got military in Afghanistan, not just us but also other nations. Nothing has been decided on their withdrawal yet, still waiting on the "protection agreement" by the Afghan government. Whatever the outcome of that agreement will be, complete withdrawal - if at all - wouldn't start until probably the end of the year.

 

We only have 2 supply routes by land to our forces in Afghanistan: one through Pakistan and the other through Russia.

We have had several problems with Pakistan routes ...

 

How far can you sanction a country that allows you to supply your troops by crossing their country?

 

 

 

 

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What country will Putin attack next after Ukraine?

Rockstar

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laddieboyblue wrote:

What country will Putin attack next after Ukraine?


Hard to say for sure, but I'm personally concerned about Lithuania.

 

My grandparents (father's parents) got out just before the last Russian takeover there.  My grandfather hated them so much, he refused to allow anything except English to be spoken in his presence.

 

The Soviets engaged in massive deportations of Lithuanians to Siberia, complete nationalisation and collectivisation and general sovietization of everyday life. From 1944 to 1952 approximately 100,000 Lithuanian partisans fought a guerrilla war against the Soviet system.

An estimated 30,000 partisans and their supporters were killed, and many more were arrested and deported to Siberian gulags. It is estimated that Lithuania lost 780,000 people during World War II.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuania#20th_and_21st_centuries

 

Finally,  in 1990, Lithuania regained its independence.

 

Putin wants them back.

 

Although, in reality, Putin would probably have to take Latvia or Belarus before it takes Lithuania.

 

Strategically, Eastonia looks like the next best acquisition for them.

 

http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/willow/geography-of-lithuania0.gif

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laddieboyblue wrote:

Or BO might ban the importation of caviar.  Yikes!  If that don't put the fear in Putin I don't know what will.  That man in the WH is an embarrassment to say the least.


So what DO we do? Send in manned troops or just use the bomb?


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Trailblazer

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laddieboyblue wrote:

What country will Putin attack next after Ukraine?


Maybe the U.S.? Obama will make a pact with Putin that if he gives him the U.S. he (Obama) can have a lifetime pass to any golf course.

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Rockstar

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So what DO we do? Send in manned troops or just use the bomb?

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Apparently, (they) simply malign the current President, even though there's not a person or political figure which is in their party...

 

... they could make any better difference in this situation.

 

Lynn




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Estonia.
"They are imprudent: for they dash at their objectives without giving much heed to the risk of new abuses worse than the evils they hope to sweep away."
Trailblazer

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"they could make any better difference in this situation."

 

Obama has displayed weakness, he doesn't know how the world works. Making nice only works so much and with dictators it seldom works at all. Worldwide, he is the most disrespected president we have ever had.

"If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it. Period!" President Barack Obama
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Rumor is he's threatening to unfriend Putin on Facebook. Or at least no more selfies with him.

Rockstar

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jetscreameryouareadreamer wrote:
Estonia.

Yep, Estonia, then Latvia, then Lithuania...  then Belrus....

 

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McCain says it will be Moldova.

Rockstar

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nanapong1 wrote:

McCain says it will be Moldova.


Well McCain is supposed to be the military expert, but strategically it doesn't look like the best move....

 

He'd have to take the Ukraine first or Moldovia would be surrounded by NATO friendly countries....

 

http://guidetoshipregistries.com/sites/default/files/article_files/location-of-moldova.gif

 

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Obviously the most effective sanctions would be for the world's countsies to cut back on buying oil from Russia. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Russia’s Top 10 Exports

The following export product groups represent the highest dollar value in Russian global shipments during 2012. Also shown is the percentage share each export category represents in terms of overall exports from Russia.

Mineral fuels including oil: $375,423,947,000 (71.6% of total exports)

Iron and steel: $22,601,664,000 (4.3%)

Fertilizers: $11,176,846,000 (2.1%)

Inorganic chemicals: $7,835,699,000 (1.5%)

Machinery: $7,609,061,000 (1.5%)

Aluminum: $7,281,329,000 (1.4%)

Wood: $6,731,569,000 (1.3%)

Cereals: $6,246,547,000 (1.2%)

Copper: $5,787,339,000 (1.1%)

Organic chemicals: $4,516,890,000 (0.9%)

The Russian Federation is highly dependent on fossil-fuel exports. Compared to more diversified exporters like China, a global economic slowdown can have a more severe impact on Russia.

http://www.worldstopexports.com/russias-top-10-exports/2350
Rockstar

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We should start that pipline, we should start finding ways to get our abundant gas to Europe or more of it to them.  

 

Of couse he's probably too busy with his Basketball brackets or whatever they are.



"If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight." ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ― Thomas Jefferson

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-20/russia-outlook-cut-to-negative-by-s-p-as-obama-widens-sanct...

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steppefjordwyfe10 wrote:

We should start that pipline, we should start finding ways to get our abundant gas to Europe or more of it to them.  

 

Of couse he's probably too busy with his Basketball brackets or whatever they are.


At the moment he's busy interviewing for another  pastry chef.  Michelle caused the current one to quit when she berated him for making pastries with cream, butter and sugar.



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At least get the correct info......

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/us/politics/white-houses-top-pastry-chef-to-leave-post.html?partne...

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