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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea 551

Posted by samzenpus
from the in-soviet-russia dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Firing shots in the air and using stun grenades, Russian troops captured the last Ukrainian military base in Crimea today. From the LA Times: 'Meanwhile, Ukrainian and Russian officials were carrying on talks on evacuating Ukraine's loyal servicemen and families from the peninsula, a top Ukrainian military official said during a briefing Monday in Kiev. "About 50% [of Ukraine servicemen stationed in Crimea] joined the Russian side," said Olexandr Razmazin, army deputy chief of staff, the UNIAN news agency reported. The decision has been made to carry out the evacuation, he said, "but we need to work out a legal way to do it."'"
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

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  • by BitZtream (692029) on Monday March 24, 2014 @01:50PM (#46566229)

    Here we go again. I thought this ended when I was a kid and that when my father and his generation passed away, that WWII would finally be over as though he was a good man, the death of that generation means the end of suffering for all those who not only fought in the war ... but had to come home and live with what they had done. Fighting a war, even for 'the good guys and reasons' still means you have to do things that no civilized man should be able to do in a healthy frame of mind, and none of them come up the same as they left. The winners are still losers.

    Alas it looks like Russia doesn't want it to be over and wants to rekindle its 'former glory'.

    Is my son now going to have to suffer the life of a soldier like my father because of some assholes half way around the planet can't just fucking leave well enough alone with his rich life of being a political prick?

    I'm beginning to wonder if my father and his cold war hate weren't that unjustified.

  • by Nidi62 (1525137) on Monday March 24, 2014 @01:59PM (#46566365)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... [wikipedia.org] At the time Germay was "reoccupying land dominated by Germans". The League of Nations stood by and actually there were negotiated terms, the Munich Accord which spelled out what would happen.

    However, Germany was emboldened by the success of expansion. And the occupation was far from the end of the aggression.

    I have found it the height of irony that Putin has been essentially mirroring the beginning of a conflict that killed millions of Russians (not to mention millions of people from other countries as well) in the name of protecting "Russians". Putin is playing a very dangerous game, especially when you consider that, for the last few weeks, whether or not Russia and Ukraine went to war was essentially dependent on some panicked soldiers not giving in to fear or uncertainty and pulling the trigger.

  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Monday March 24, 2014 @02:11PM (#46566503)

    Is my son now going to have to suffer the life of a soldier like my father because of some assholes half way around the planet can't just fucking leave well enough alone with his rich life of being a political prick?

    The only Political pricks that can send your son to war are right here in the good old USA. Careful who you vote for, and keep the camper full of gas... you just might be moving to Canada in the middle of the night.

  • Re:opinion (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 24, 2014 @03:04PM (#46567087)

    As a Latvian you're fairly safe since your country is a member of NATO and you get to have the US come fight for you if you get invaded. Russia surely won't risk that. Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova are pretty fucked, though.

  • Re: I dont get it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Carewolf (581105) on Monday March 24, 2014 @04:19PM (#46568169) Homepage

    No the grand parent remember wrong as well. The two options was independence or join russia. Remain in Ukraine was not an option which is why 40% of the population (tartars and ukranians) boycutted the election. Fortunately their boycut was made up for by 120% voter turnout in the capital.

  • Re: I dont get it (Score:2, Interesting)

    by etash (1907284) on Monday March 24, 2014 @07:35PM (#46570093)
    if that interpretation makes you feel better, so be it.

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