The Ukrainian political crisis becoming more complicated

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Russian MP Leonid Sluckij remarked that in the near future Crimea may join the Russian Federation.

The MP suggested that Russia will provide Russian citizenship to all ethnic Russians living in the territory of Ukraine. "We won't let our brothers and sisters down who have gotten in a very difficult situation due to the political upheavals in Ukraine".

Now that the Ukrainian Parliament passed the abolition of the language law Moscow reserves the right to intervene to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State expressed his concerns over Moscow's decision to send troops to Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry denied the news calling it rumor meanwhile Russian troops landed in the Crimean peninsula.

Despite denials the Russian strategy of decoupling Crimea from Ukraine is slowly unfolding: Moscow actually didn't send troops to Ukraine because for all practical purposes Ukrainian statehood ceased to be after the country was taken over by Western interest groups by staging a coup d'état.

The Crimean peninsula is part of Ukraine only on paper, but practically it belongs to Russia.

French news agency AFP reporting that two armored vehicles moved in the city of Sevastopol on Tuesday where about five hundred protesters demanded to elect Russian businessman Alexei Chalov as the next mayor of the city.

One of the vehicles has been stationed at the Russian Black Sea Fleet base, the other at Moscow House's courtyard, which functions as a commercial center reporting by the French news agency AFP.

Russian Black Sea Fleet spokesman would not comment on the news. The local media, however, reported that the two armored vehicles have been moved in the city to deter "terrorist attacks".

Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Moguljev called on the residents of the peninsula to refrain from statements or actions that can provoke hostilities in the region.

Crimea was part of Russia before Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev “transferred” it to the then Soviet republic of Ukraine. Two decades after the Soviet collapse, the huge peninsula is still viewed by many Russians as their rightful territory.

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