Up with Vladimir 'Pukin'...?!
for sure what Vladimir Pukin is up to. He seems to be rejecting and defying
all attempts to de-escalate the situation involving Russia, Crimea and
Here are the latest developments:
Hostilities intensified in Crimea on Saturday as Ukrainian officials accused
pro-Russian forces of armed aggression and President Barack Obama rounded
up world leaders to demand Russia "de-escalate the situation."
Obama called British, French and Italian leaders and hosted a conference
call with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
The leaders made clear that Russia's continued violation of international
law will isolate it from the international community.
Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
on Saturday and issued a diplomatic ultimatum, according to a senior U.S.
"He made clear that continued military escalation and provocation
in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to
Russia would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged
utmost restraint," the official said.
Meanwhile, a light plane
belonging to Ukraine's State Border Protection Service was fired upon
Saturday afternoon while flying over the Crimean border from Armyansk.
The situation appears to be escalating.
A convoy of military vehicles -- 60 trucks -- believed to be carrying
Russian soldiers, traveled through Simferopol on Saturday, heading toward
the border post at Armyansk.
Pukin's head is not buried
in the sand. He knows full well what he's doing.
He seems hell-bent on annexing Crimea to Russia. And it appears he may
try to do the same to Ukraine.
Pukin once remarked that the dissolution of the Russian Empire was "the
greatest disaster of the 20th Century."
He grew up as a KGB agent. The KGB was Russia's Secret Service. They call
it the Committee for State Security. It is anything but.
"In his fourteen years as Russias supreme leader, he has used
classic KGB dirty tricks to bomb Chechnya back to the stone age while
installing a puppet regime, intimidate and keep in line Georgia, Armenia,
Moldova, Central Asia, and any independence-minded flash points of the
former Soviet empire," Forbes Magazine said.
It's clear to me that Pukin is attempting to revive the Russian Empire,
piece by piece.
However, he has met his match...Pukin against the Free World...which is
prepared to repel him, no matter what it takes.
Oh, did I misspell his last name? Sorry. Freudian slip.
That's in my opinion.
Michael C. Quinn
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