I have abridged the following. (my note)
By Michael Snyder via Blacklisted News Friday, Feb.28, 2014
Russia will never, ever give up Crimea without a fight. Anyone that thinks otherwise is just being delusional. Russians make up approximately 60 percent of the population of Crimea, and most of the population is rabidly pro-Russian.
In fact, many prominent Crimean politicians are already calling for reunification with Russia.
And considering the fact that vitally important pipelines that pump natural gas from Russia to the rest of Europe go right through Ukraine, it is not likely that Russia will just willingly hand the rest of Ukraine over to the U.S. and the EU either.
Russia and Ukraine have very deep historical ties. Most Americans may not think that Ukraine is very important, but the Russians consider Ukraine to be of the utmost strategic importance.
The following are 12 signs that Russia is ready to fight a war over Crimea.
#1 More Russian military vehicles continue to pour into Crimea
#2 Russian military vehicles have been photographed in the main square of Sevastopol.
#3 Russian military jets near the border with Ukraine have been put on combat alert.
#4 Russia has ordered “surprise military exercises” along the Ukrainian border.
#5 In connection with those “exercises”, it is being reported that Russia has deployed 150,000 troops along the border with Ukraine.
#6 Russia already has approximately 26,000 troops stationed at their naval base in Sevastopol.
#7 Russian ships carrying additional soldiers have been spotted off the coast of Crimea… as many as 200 soldiers and has joined four additional ships carrying an unknown amount of Special Forces troops.
#8 Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the following statement to reporters on Wednesday…“Measures are taken to guarantee the security of our facilities.”
#9 An unidentified Russian official has told the Financial Times that Russia is willing to use military force to protect Crimea…Moscow earlier revealed that it would be ready to go for war over the Crimea region in order to protect the large population and army installations.
#10 Officials in Sevastopol have “installed” a Russian citizen as mayor of the city.
#11 Approximately 120 pro-Russian gunmen have seized the Crimean parliament building and have raised the Russian flag.
#12 There are rumors that Russian authorities have offered protection to ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych…
No matter what the “new government” in Kiev says, and no matter how hard the U.S. and the EU push, Russia will never give up Crimea. There is no way that President Vladimir Putin will relinquish Russian control of the Crimean peninsula and its military bases there.
And you know what? The people of Crimea do not want Russia to leave either.