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House panel condemns Russia for action in the Ukraine

13 minutes ago

Written by
Aamer Madhani

WASHINGTON - A House panel on Thursday approved a symbolic resolution that condemns Russia for its occupation of the Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and called on the Obama administration to enact tough financial and trade sanctions against Russia.
UPDATE 8-US oil falls $1 as diplomacy in Ukraine curbs fear of war
Ukraine crisis: 'Illegal' Crimean referendum condemned

Crimea lawmakers vote to leave Ukraine for Russia, set referendum date

CNN  - ‎8 hours ago‎
Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- Lawmakers in Ukraine's Crimea region voted Thursday in favor of leaving Ukraine for Russia, which already has the Black Sea peninsula under de facto control, and set a referendum on the move for 10 days' time.

Exclusive: Russia wants IMF to move ahead on reforms without US - sources

Reuters  - ‎9 minutes ago‎
A third source would not confirm it was Russia that brought up the issue, but said the G20 generally agreed to give the United States until the April meetings of the IMF and World Bank before taking more aggressive measures, a point confirmed by one of ...

Russia's Western enablers

Washington Post  - ‎3 hours ago‎
“Crime and corruption could create a difficult business climate in Russia,” the document noted; some directors' interests “may cause Rosneft to engage in business practices that do not maximize shareholder value.

Ukraine crisis: Western leaders pile pressure on Russia

CNN  - ‎Mar 5, 2014‎
Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- Western powers increased pressure on Russia Wednesday to talk to the new government in Kiev in a bid to ease tensions over Russia's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region. Russia has been warned that possible sanctions ...

Russia-funded station decries on-air resignation

7 hours ago

Written by
Melanie Eversley

A Russian broadcast station is condemning an anchor's recent resignation over its coverage of Ukraine as a "self-promotional stunt.

Ukraine crisis: Crimea referendum on joining Russia to be held March 16

CBC.ca  - ‎9 hours ago‎
Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia. "This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kyiv," Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the local ...

Crimean parliament votes to join Russia, hold referendum in 10 days on ratifying

RT  - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Crimean parliament has voted for the region to join Russia. The decision will only come in force if approved



Russian Troop Reinforcements Sent to Crimea Since February 28, 2014
According to reports appears in the Russian press and social media blogsites, the Russian military has probably reinforced the size of its troop contingent in the Crimea with an additional 10,000 - 15,000 troops since the military intervention began in earnest on February 27, 2014.

The ROPUCHA-class amphibious landing ship AZOV brought in 400 troops, as well as light armor and armored personnel carriers, from the Russian naval base at Novorossiysk on March 2, 2014.
These troops possibly belong to the 7th Guards Airborne Division based in Novorossiysk.

According to Ukrainian sources, dozens of flights by Russian IL-76 military transport aircraft have been detected landing at several Soviet-era bomber air bases at Gvardeyskoe and Oktyabyr’skoe airfields in the Crimea.

According to Russian social media reports, the following Russian Army units are now reportedly operating in the Crimea:

 * Elements of the 76th Airborne Division whose peacetime homebase is at Pskov in the St. Petersburg Oblast, is now reportedly operating in the Crimea. A blogger in Pskov reports that the division’s barracks are now “practically empty.”

 * The Russian 31st Guards Independent Airborne Assault Brigade based outside the city of Ul’yanovsk is now reportedly operating in the Crimea.

 * The 3rd Independent SPETSNAZ Brigade based at Tol’yatti, which is subordinate to the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, is also reportedly operating in the Crimea

And more troop reinforcements are on their way YouTube videos posted online over the weekend show long troop convoys, including lots of tanks and APCs, headed for the port city of Novorossiysk and for the ferry terminal connecting the Kuban region of Russia with the port of Kerch in the Crimea. Given the capture of the Kerch ferry terminal earlier today by Russian troops without any resistance from Ukrainian border guards, I am guessing that the ferries, each capable of carrying several hundred troops plus tanks and APCs, have begun round-the-clock operations carrying one or more combat divisions to the Crimea.



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