Russian Invasion Has Begun: Russian Warship Blocks Ukraine Port, Russian Marines Surround Coast Guard Base, 400 Paratroopers Land In Sevastopol, Seize Highways

Mort Amsel provides breaking news on the Ukraine situation, with videos and photos to back it up, although we are not familiar with this source.

Meanwhile, the Ventura County Star relayed the AP release for the Obama administration:

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering a blunt warning to Moscow, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern Friday over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned “there will be costs” for any intervention.”

However the blogsphere is presenting a much different picture.  Russia is on the move ….

Photos from Amsel’s article – see photos, videos and news in his article.

(Photo: Russian troops blocking a road to the intenational airportin Sevastopol)

(Photo: Russian troops blocking a road to the intenational airportin Sevastopol)

UPDATERadio Svoboda: 400 Russian paratroopers from Ulyanovsk arrived today in Sevastopol, ships with RU marines on the way.

– At least 20 men wearing the uniform of Russia’s Black Sea fleet and carrying automatic rifles surrounded a Ukrainian border guard post on Friday, in a tense standoff near the port city of Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

A Reuters reporter in the Balaklava district saw Ukrainian border police in helmets and riot gear shut inside the border post, with a metal gate pulled shut and metal riot shields placed behind the windows as protection.

A servicemen who identified himself as an officer of the Black Sea Fleet told Reuters: “We are here … so as not to have a repeat of the Maidan.”


The Wall Street Journal reports that armed militias have taken control of Crimea’s major highways to stop forces from Kiev from entering.

Crimean special forces and local militiamen with Kalashnikovs and masks have hoisted Russian flags and set up checkpoints on the only two highways that connect the Black Sea peninsula to mainland Ukraine.

The men are checking cars traveling in and out of Crimea, a region in Ukraine’s south that was once part of Russia and has become the epicenter of a backlash against the pro-Western uprising in Kiev that has toppled President Viktor Yanukovych.

The report goes on to discuss checkpoints in Chongar, on a major highway that connects Crimea with the Ukraine, were Berkut have raised Russian flags and established checkpoints to ensure that Ukrainian forces do not attempt to enter Crimea.

In Armyansk, another highway that connects Crimea to the mainland, pro-Russian military men have established checkpoints. Source


The Associated Press ‏@AP · 2 min Visualizza traduzione
BREAKING: Ukraine’s State Border Guard says coast guard base surrounded by about 30 Russian marines

11 combat helicopters have flown in from Russian territory over the Crimea and have landed at Belbek Sevastopol International Airport.

A Russian warship is blocking the port of Balaklava in the Crimea. A Russian Tarantul-Class Missile Boat is seen in the video below blocking Balaklava bay incuding a coast guard base. The ship is the Ivanovets ship # 954 from the Black Sea Fleets 295th Sulinsk Missile Boat Division.  It’s a Tarantul lll class corvette and was built in 1988.

The rebel PM has dismissed the head of the military, Admiral Ilyin who then had a heart attack.

Ukraine is accusing Russia of invading the Crimean Peninsula.  And for all intents and purposes, they are, as you can see above.  That is the latest developments out of Ukraine, things continue to worsen as it looks like a Limited invasion is indeed taking place.  My guess is that these forces are the vangaurd for something much bigger. Stay tuned!


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Citizen Reporter

Russian parliament OKs military deployment in Ukraine

Los Angeles Times | March 1, 2014 | 7:44 AM
Russia’s upper house of parliament today unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to deploy armed forces in Ukraine to protect Russian military assets and Russian citizens there.

Putin’s request and the 90-0 vote late Saturday were in response to an appeal from the pro-Russian leader of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula for assistance in “normalizing” the situation in the region that hosts Russia’s Black Sea fleet and a majority Russian-speaking population.

The broad authorization for military action was justified by claims that recent violence in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, that prompted ex-President Viktor Yanukovich to flee and take refuge in Russia, had disturbed the “constitutional order” of the former Soviet republic and exposed its Russian minority to danger.

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