The clash in Crimea is the fruit of western expansion

The external struggle to dominate Ukraine has put fascists in power and brought the country to the brink of conflict. Diplomatic pronouncements are renowned for hypocrisy and double standards. But western denunciations of Russian intervention in Crimea have reached new depths of self parody. The so far bloodless incursion is an “incredible act of aggression”, US secretary of state John Kerry declared. In the 21st century you just don’t invade countries on a “completely trumped-up pretext”, he insisted, as US allies agreed that it had been an unacceptable breach of international law, for which there will be “costs”. That the states which launched the greatest act of unprovoked aggression in modern history on a trumped-up pretext – against Iraq, in an illegal war now estimated to have killed 500,000, along with the invasion of Afghanistan, bloody regime change in Libya, and the killing of thousands in drone attacks on Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, all without UN authorisation – should make such claims is beyond absurdity. It’s not just that western aggression and lawless killing is on another scale entirely from anything Russia appears to have contemplated, let alone carried out – removing any credible basis for the US and its allies to rail against Russian transgressions. But the western powers have also played a central role in creating the Ukraine crisis in the first place. The US and European powers openly sponsored the protests to oust the corrupt but elected Viktor Yanukovych government, which were triggered by controversy over an all-or-nothing EU agreement which would have excluded economic association with Russia.

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Armed men seize Crimea parliament and hoist Russian flag

Ukraine crisis escalates after Tatar leader says Crimea’s parliament building has been occupied by gunmen. Armed men have seized the government buildings in the capital of the Ukraine’s Crimea region and hoisted a Russian flag over a barricade. The men occupying the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, early on Thursday did not come out to voice any demands. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II. The men also put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia.” They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions. Phone calls to region’s legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down. Ethnic Tatars who support Ukraine’s new leaders and pro-Russia separatists had confronted each other outside the regional parliament on Wednesday. Interfax quoted a local Tatar leader, Refat Chubarov, as saying on Facebook: “I have been told that the buildings of parliament and the council of ministers have been occupied by armed men in uniforms that do not bear any recognisable insignia.”

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siehe auch: Bewaffnete besetzen Parlament auf der Krim. Auf der ukrainischen Halbinsel Krim haben bewaffnete Männer Parlament und Regionalregierung besetzt und die russische Fahne gehisst. Die Polizei ist in Alarmbereitschaft. Wenige Tage nach dem Umsturz der ukrainischen Führung um Präsident Viktor Janukowitsch verlagern sich die Auseinandersetzungen zunehmend auf die Halbinsel Krim. Dort war es in den vergangenen Tagen zu Gewalt zwischen antirussischen Demonstranten und moskautreuen Einwohnern gekommen. Der Konflikt – die slawische Mehrheit fürchtet um die enge Anbindung der Krim an Russland, die Minderheit der Krimtataren fürchtet die Abspaltung der Autonomen Krim-Republik – verschärft sich zusehends, wie Meldungen aus der Krim-Hauptstadt Simferopol zeigen. Unbekannte sollen dort am frühen Morgen die Gebäude von Parlament und Regionalregierung besetzt haben. Dies bestätigte der Regierungschef der Republik Krim, Anatoli Mohiljow, der Nachrichtenagentur AFP. Wie die russische Agentur Interfax unter Berufung auf einen Behördenmitarbeiter berichtet, hätten bis zu 50 Männer mit Schnellfeuergewehren das Glas der Eingangstüren zerschossen und sich so Zugang verschafft. Laut AFP und Interfax wurde auf den Dächern beider Gebäude die russische Fahne gehisst, beide Gebäude mit Holz und Abfalltonnen verbarrikadiert und von der Polizei umstellt;