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PUTIN'S PREVIOUS LAND GRAB!

As Vladimir Putin is snatching the Crimea and preparing aggressive moves against the Ukraine, take a look at SOF's coverage of his actions against Georgia - from the November 2008 issue!

Ukraine-Russia Doorstep Statement

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, delivers a doorstep Statement on the Ukraine-Russia situation.

UKRAINE RECALLS RESERVES AS WAR LOOMS

Will Anyone Stop Putin’s Aggression?
By Harold Hutchison

The Ukrainian government announced a recall of all reserve military forces as the Crimea crisis continued to heat up. However, new questions have been raised about how loyal the Ukrainian military may be.

PUTIN MAKES HIS MOVE IN CRIMEA!

Calls Obama’s Bluff
By Harold Hutchison

Russian President Vladimir Putin has received permission from the Russian parliament to deploy troops to the Ukraine, despite warnings from the Obama Administration not to intervene.

Conservatives Must Support Freedom for Ukraine

By Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Moscow is invading Ukraine, a sovereign nation, with troops and helicopters, and the Obama administration is doing nothing except talk. The outcome will send a message to freedom fighters and dissidents in such countries as Venezuela—and even Cuba—that the U.S. will not be with them when they put their lives on the line.

Isn’t it interesting that a Russian warship has just docked in Cuba? Reports suggest this is a show of support for the Castro brothers, and may also be intended as a listening post to conduct surveillance on U.S. communications.

RUSSIAN TROOPS IN THE UKRAINE!

Heading Towards a Crimean War?
By Harold Hutchison

Russian troops are now in the Crimea. The movement, reportedly admitted to by the Russian government, raises the stakes in the crisis, which has seen former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych flee to Moscow after he was deposed.

According to media reports, Russia admitted that naval infantry assigned to the Black Sea Fleet, a portion of which is based in Sevastopol, which is located in Crimea, has been deployed. Photos and video taken in the Ukraine show various BTR armored personnel carriers deployed.

CRIMEAN AIRPORT SEIZED

Is Russia Making Its Move?
By Harold Hutchison

The day after the Crimean parliament was seized, gunmen apparently loyal to Russia have now grabbed the airport near the Crimean capital of Simferopol. One media report indicated the gunmen were wearing “Russian Navy ensigns.”

CRIMEAN PARLIAMENT STORMED!

Russian Flag Raised Over Building
By Harold Hutchison

The parliament building of the republic of Crimea, an oblast in the Ukraine, was stormed by pro-Russian demonstrators who proceeded to raise the Russian flag. The actions lead to warnings from the Ukraine to Russia.

According to a report by Reuters, the seizure came as Russia began to hold large exercises near the Ukraine, including 150,000 troops and a number of fighter jets. NATO urged Russia to avoid any actions that would “escalate tension or create misunderstanding.”

Rubio Delivers Floor Speech On Crisis In Venezuela

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks on the situation in Venezuela, where dictator Nicolas Maduro has been violently cracking down on protesters opposed to his regime.