Russian Fighter Jets On ‘Combat Alert’ Amid Continuing Unrest In Crimea Region Of Ukraine

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Russian fighter jets on ‘combat alert’ amid continuing unrest in Crimea (Independent, Feb 27, 2014):

Fighter jets along Russia’s western borders have been placed on combat alert, amid continuing unrest in the Crimea region of Ukraine.

“Constant air patrols are being carried out by fighter jets in the border regions,” Interfax quoted the Defence Ministry as saying.

“From the moment they received the signal to be on high alert, the air force in the western military region left for the … air bases.”

The apparent move comes as “criminals wearing military fatigues” seized the regional government and parliament headquarters on Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula this morning.

Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov issued a warning to Russia that any movement of its troops from their naval base in the southern Crimea region “will be considered military aggression.”

Mr Turchynov, who is also the head of Ukraine’s armed forces, appealed for Moscow to adhere to the rules of an agreement which allows Russia’s Black Sea fleet to be based in Sevastopol until 2042.

“I am appealing to the military leadership of the Russian Black Sea fleet … Any military movements, the more so if they are with weapons, beyond the boundaries of this territory (the base) will be seen by us as military aggression,” he declared.

Meanwhile, in a bid to distance the US from a Cold War-style confrontation with Russia, US Secretary of State John Kerry told President Vladimir Putin to bear in mind that “this is not Rocky IV”

He said Russia must be “very careful” in any decisions it makes surrounding Ukraine, and that a military intervention in Ukraine would be a “huge, grave mistake”.

“This is not Rocky IV,” he said, referring to the 1990 film depicting a battle between the East and West, in which Rocky Balboa fights then-Soviet Union boxer Ivan Drago.

“Believe me. We don’t see it that way”, he told US TV Network NBC News.

“I think Russia needs to be very careful in the judgments that it makes going forward here,” he added. “We are not looking for confrontation. But we are making it clear that every country should respect the territorial integrity here, the sovereignty of Ukraine.

“Russia has said it would do that and we think it’s important that Russia keeps its word.”

Mr Kerry’s comments came after Mr Putin ordered the urgent drill test combat readiness of its military forces amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.

The exercise, involving 150,000 of precisely those forces which are likely to be used for any intervention, and their reserves, came amid growing claims that the country faces the threat of breaking up, as protests and violent sectarian clashes continue.

Russia said earlier this morning it would “uncompromisingly” defend the rights of its compatriots in Ukraine, while expressing concerns over “large-scale human rights violations”, attacks and vandalism in the former Soviet republic.

3 thoughts on “Russian Fighter Jets On ‘Combat Alert’ Amid Continuing Unrest In Crimea Region Of Ukraine

  1. It would be very unwise to dismiss the depth of Russian capability. Hannibal, Napoleon & Hitler failed miserably.
    From their weapons portfolio it would appear the last 25 years have not been wasted, and Vlad was most wise to not trust Reagan/Bush Snr/Clinton/Dubya and Barry Soetoro.

    These four short vids show the sheer simple beauty of the weaponry they have developed….just in case.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2NDs-6sAU8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsRKI8InDsU#t=49

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1NhjikwIfM#t=32

    http://facedl.com/fvideo.php?f=eqanexukianuoai&sukhoi-su-34-fullback-promo-video

  2. I agree with Squodgy. The Russian people will suffer any pain in order to regain what they think they have lost. Putin is brilliant, ruthless and focused, he knows what they want, and promises it. The fact they will not get all they want will be accepted, Russia has a gloomy and bitter history. The people are used to disappointment, but they will not sit by while the west invades their territories…..including the Ukraine. They are willing and able to fight, and unlike the nations the US usually hits, they can fight back.
    So, the US will probably back down.

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