The complete invasion of the Ukraine by Russian forces is about to occur. When the order is given for full on invasion, watch the response from Washington. There is no counter move to checkmate by Putin for Obama.
He can protest and tap the podium and assert to hell freezes over that Putin has committed an unjustified act of aggression, but the reality will remain starkly in contrast and the truth will be: Barack Obama will be the one remembered for being on the wrong side of history. The following are reports of actions taken and ongoing this morning in the Ukraine.
- Cyber attacks were reported underway Monday against Ukrainian media websites. They included distributed denial of service attacks that shut down websites of several news and broadcast outlets.
- Vice President Joe Biden called Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and urged Russia to pull its troops out. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shogyu on Saturday and “expressed deep concern” about the Crimea intervention.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow that Russian troops would not be pulled back and were defending against what he called “ultra-nationalist threats” to ethnic Russians.
- Ukraine’s Interior Ministry warned that Russian agents could conduct acts of provocation Monday night in the Crimea. The acts could involve people attempting to kill Russian military personnel in order to destabilize the region, Deputy Interior Minister Mykola Velichkovich told Kyiv 5 Kanal television.
- Four Russian warships arrived in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Saturday and an intelligence-gathering ship was photographed in the port on Sunday.
- A Ukrainian Su-27 interceptor jet shadowed a Russian fight jet over the southern section of the Black Sea on two occasions Monday night, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.
- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said China “understands” the situation in Ukraine and hopes for a “political solution” to the crisis. China in the past has opposed states that intervene in the internal affairs of other states.
- Russia could lose access to a key nuclear missile facility in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where SS-18 intercontinental missiles are maintained, if a conflict breaks out, a U.S. official said.