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Putin Admits “Little Green Men” in Crimea Were Russian Troops

World | April 17, 2014, Thursday // 16:31| Views: 1430 | Comments: 6
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin admitted that the “little green men” who seized strategic points in Crimea in March were Russian troops. 

In a traditional session which gives opportunity to Russians to pose questions to the head of state, Putin said the main goal was to protect the freedom of the Crimean people, so they can freely express their will in the referendum, which took place on March 16. By an overwhelming majority the Crimeans voted in favor of joining the Russian Federation. 

“So that there will be no tanks, no nationalist combat groups and people with extremist views, armed with automatic weapons, behind the self defence forces of Crimea, naturally stood our troops,” Putin said in answer to the question who were the well-armed masked military units with no insignia, ironically dubbed “the little green men”. “Their actions were very fair, but decisive and professional.”

According to Putin, this was the only way the referendum in Crimea could be open, honest and honorable. 

So far Putin was denying the presence of Russian troops outside their bases in Crimea before and during the referendum, in spite the numerous proofs to the contrary. 

Putin, however, denied the claims that there are Russian troops or special task forces in Southeastern Ukraine, posing as local insurgents. 

“This is nonsense,” he said. “There are no Russian military units, no special forces, no instructors. All those are local citizens.”

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#6
sa-sha - 18 Apr 2014 // 11:50:27

"NOT A SINGLE RUSSIAN CITIZEN HAS BEEN HARMED, BEATEN or anything"---oh, yes, I also "could have not said it better", how to to exceed the DELIRIUM?
"The only "Fascists" that exist are Russians in Donetsk that force JEWS to register"---really? Any proof? No? Then
shut up, IDIOT......

#5
Hueyis - 17 Apr 2014 // 20:09:22

Veritas, Thanks, you got it correctly.. I could have not said it better.....

#4
Optimistic - 17 Apr 2014 // 19:03:50

Veritas the tanks sent by the Kiev Government to destroy protestors in Eastern Ukraine are a visible sign the the Kiev Government does not respect human rights.

Any UN report that claims the Kiev Government respects is an obivious lie.

Reuters/Huggington Post/BBC all say the Kiev government sent tanks against the protestors in the east so that UN Report is so obiviously a lie or a fraud.

#3
Veritas - 17 Apr 2014 // 18:52:42

STOP THE LIES DISINFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA. The only "Fascists" that exist are Russians in Donetsk that force JEWS to register like in WW2 and in Moscow trying to take over Ukraine.

THE UN HIGH COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS report expressly said yesterday that there are NO ATTACKS against any Russians and that it is ALL MADE UP BY RUSSIA. THE UN HAS SPOKEN FOR GOODNESS SAKE.

STOP THE LIES, PROPAGANDA AND CRIMINAL DISINFORMATION. Stop lying, there are no "fascists" anywhere in Western Ukraine, NOT A SINGLE RUSSIAN CITIZEN HAS BEEN HARMED, BEATEN or anything. All the information you get on your TV in Russia ARE LIES AND DISINFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA TO SUPPORT YOUR DICTATORIAL PRESIDENT WHO STEALS FROM YOU AND WEARS $100,000 dollar watches and gives billion dollar handouts to this oligarch friends WHILE YOU PEOPLE ONLY GET POORER AND POORER. ALL THIS IS DONE TO DISTRACT YOU AWAY FROM THE FACT YOUR COUNTRY IS ROTTEN, CORRUPT AND YOU PEOPLE ONLY GET POORER AND POORER AND PUTIN ONLY GETS RICHER AND RICHER.

Wake up RUSSIANS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

#2
Vladimir K. - 17 Apr 2014 // 18:39:54

Russian naval base has existed in Crimea and has been there for decades completely legally, as there was a contract. Only because a bunch of braindead fascists seize the government illegally doesn't mean that Russia has to move. And in fact, Crimea was transferred to Ukraine during the USSR along with it's people so obviously Russians are going to live there.

Splitting away from bankrupted Ukraine is one of the best things Ukraine has ever done, and fortunately more eastern Ukrainians (formerly ethnic Russians) realise this.

Ukraine can have their broken nazi western Ukraine for themselves, but the people who do not wish to live in it, is free to cause a refendum. It's the people who want to split, not the government or military of Russia. And the people are the voice.

As NATO opposes this, we have clearly seen what sort of hypocrites they are, they do only support something if the matter is pro US interests, and obviously every nation will not want to be part of this cultural and moral mess.

#1
Veritas - 17 Apr 2014 // 18:18:29

Let me get it right, first the "Self defense" forces were not Russian soldiers but had Russian style uniforms, weapons but no insignia but Putin and all the Russian sheep and propagandists on this forum insisted that there WERE NO RUSSIAN SOLDIERS IN CRIMEA.

Now Putin admits that he orchestrated the whole thing.

And now the "official version" is that the poor protestors in Eastern Ukraine are only "poor Eastern Ukraine ethnic Russian peasants" but they strangely have Moscow accent, Moscow cell phone numbers and Russian military grade weapons.

Could it be that the "poor oppressed Russians" in Eastern Ukraine are also Russian soldiers/agents? Oh but how could I even think that, Russia Today said that they are real people and Putin did too.

LOL - These PROPAGANDISTS, LIARS and FASCIST INDOCTRINATORS AND CRIMINALS SPREADING DISINFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA HAVE NO SHAME. NOVINITE, PLEASE EXPEL THESE CRIMINALS AND FOREIGN AGENTS FROM THIS WEBSITE AND BAN THEIR COMMENTS.

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