Ukraine's Armed Forces on Full Combat Alert

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Ukraine has put its armed forces on full combat alert after Russia's threat of military intervention in the country.

President Putin motivated his request on Saturday to use Russian military forces in Ukraine with "the extraordinary situation in Ukraine and the threat to the lives of Russian citizens", according to a media statement of the Kremlin. The motion was approved swiftly in a unanimous vote by Russia's upper house of parliament.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov announced that he had issued an order to reach full combat readiness due to the potential for aggression, adding that security had been beefed up at nuclear facilities, airports and other strategic sites.

Acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a statement that he was convinced that Russia would not resort to a military intervention as it would trigger a war and put an end to all relations.

The UN Security Council held an emergency session on the crisis late on Saturday, and NATO is to hold emergency talks on Sunday, according to reports of the BBC News.

European Union foreign ministers are to discuss the events in Ukraine at an emergency meeting on Monday, while EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to visit Kiev next Wednesday to continue negotiations on an assistance package for the country.

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sa-sha - 3 Mar 2014 // 13:29:36

Bartek, more than 150,000 of such "masochists" have had to leave Ukraine for Russia within last 2 weeks... Triumph of the "new authorities" in Kiev, triumph of Democracy?

Bartek - 3 Mar 2014 // 13:20:47

Asylum in Russia? You need to be a masochist to want it :)

sa-sha - 3 Mar 2014 // 11:45:19

" Russki colonists that have been filling up Ukraine for decades"----;-)----what I like in the idiots, it's that they don't
realize what they text...... Btw, those "Russki colonists" - who began to populate the lands of the modern Ukraine
in XIV (!) century - they HAVEN'T "been filling", but they are leaving (by various reasons) Ukraine....just within last two decades.

Seedy - 2 Mar 2014 // 12:48:17

Those aren't "Ukrainians", Slush-fund - those are the Russki colonists that have been filling up Ukraine for decades trying to live somewhere more civilised than Putin's Gulagistan. The people with Russian passports or whose (bought and paid for) allegiance lies with another country should be expelled immediately, along with the rag-tag Russki "military" still dreaming of world domination while being laughed at by everyone except their tin-pot dictator "friends".

It's time that playground bully (and gangster) Putin, along with his brown-nose village idiot supporters, was taught a good solid lesson that he's welcome to strut like a macho peacock in his own farm-yard dung-hill of a country but if he wants to mess with others in a free and democratic world then he's looking to get a bloody nose, a kick in the butt and a big dent in his unwarranted and pompous self-esteem....

sa-sha - 2 Mar 2014 // 12:24:24

What if to be correct, Novinite? Not "Ukraine", but the ultras, who illegaly seized Parliament, try to "put the armed forces [of Ukraine] on full combat alert".... As for Ukraine, dear Novinite, the South-East, Crimea and a part of Central and Western regions, i.e. far more than half of the total population, they are firmly AGAINST those bandits who "appointed" themselves "new authorities" of Ukraine. Look: Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa Nikolaev, Kharkiv, Lugansk, Melitopol, Mariupol, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk.....they ALL condemned the Coup d'Etat and refused to obey those "new rulers": 143,000 Ukrainians have already requested asylum in Russia, they don't want to be slaughtered by the "new rulers", Novinite, they want to live their life and they don't believe West but they count on Russia. They are sure that only Russia can save them today. Forgive them for it, Novinite.

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