New Ukraine Leadership Vows to Expel Russian Fleet from Crimea

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Bulgaria: New Ukraine Leadership Vows to Expel Russian Fleet from Crimea A file photo dated 27 July 2008 showing battle ships of the Russian Black sea fleet seen during the Naval parade in Sevastopol, 700 km south of the capital Kiev, Ukraine. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The new Ukrainian government will look to scrap a 2010 deal, which extends Russia's Black Sea Fleet lease in the Crimea Region until 2042.

The deal, known as the Kharkiv Accords or Kharkiv Pact, was signed by Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart at the time Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. It extends Russia's Black Sea Fleet lease in the port city of Sevastopol until 2042, in return for cheaper gas prices.

"Due to Russia's position on Crimea, the Kharkiv agreements should be immediately denounced", Ukrainian Parliament Deputy Oleg Lyashko said, cited by ITAR-TASS agency.

The Crimea region is a contested area in the current Ukrainian crisis. With a majority ethnic Russian population, support for Yanukovych runs high. However, local Crimean Tatars and the Ukrainian population support the new leadership in Kiev. This has led to clashes over the past days in the region's capital Simferopol.

The autonomous Crimean Parliament announced on Thursday it plans to run a referendum for the future of the region.

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Yane - 4 Mar 2014 // 20:06:42

democracy in action, right Plevniev?

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Yane - 3 Mar 2014 // 22:42:35


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Optimistic - 3 Mar 2014 // 15:31:02

Seedy these photos are a great boost to the young soldiers morale.

Seedy - 3 Mar 2014 // 08:45:00

Yeah - great pics ....but I thought that Comfort Women went out in 1945 ;) Of course, Commie "thinking" hasn't made it into the 20th Century yet, so I guess 1945 (or even 1984) is all very futuristic for Putin and his stooges...

Optimistic - 3 Mar 2014 // 08:22:11

Wonderful photos thanks Yane.

What a contrast to photos from Kiev.

Yane - 3 Mar 2014 // 03:55:08

Free sandwiches, comrades!

Optimistic - 2 Mar 2014 // 21:21:06

Actually, I think seedy is a Brit not a turk.

Usually his comments are facist rubbish but sometimes he makes intelligent points.

He could do with some re-education in a Gulag.

Optimistic - 2 Mar 2014 // 21:18:17

The guy was appointed to lead the Ukranian navy has pledged allegience to the Republic of Crimea.

It is time for countries to recognise Crimea as an independant state.

It is great to see Russia going to the defence of a small state to protect it from facist power grabbers.

Yane - 2 Mar 2014 // 20:40:56

Little turk seedy is sad :)

Seedy - 2 Mar 2014 // 17:01:59

Time for West to just nuke Moscow and do the whole world a favour....

Yane - 2 Mar 2014 // 16:49:00

Kiev is loosing it

Optimistic - 2 Mar 2014 // 16:35:11

Ukraine what are you going to use against the Russian fleet?

Your bully boy facists in rubber boats perhaps?

You have no resources against proper milatry forces as your people are just violent facist thugs.

Russia knows how to deal with your modern SS.

Yane - 2 Mar 2014 // 15:03:52

well, Sasha, this says it all

‘Any government willing to cooperate with the IMF will be heralded as legitimate’

That expelling is getting harder for Kiev

Ukrainian military 'resigning en masse' in Crimea

Seedy, what would you label the IMF?

Seedy - 2 Mar 2014 // 12:49:54

Isn't it strange that to Commies everyone else in the world is a "fascist" - especially when Commies are actually the worst example of Fascism at work?

sa-sha - 2 Mar 2014 // 11:34:04

It's simple, Yane. Look at the dearest Novinite' prompt: it calls the absolutely illegal scum (which is now under the full control of the "Right Sector" ultra-nationalists) "New Ukraine Leadership"!!!. What can those "true followers" of
Stepan Bandera, of the 14th SS Division "Galichina", what can they do? They can appeal the fascist scum from all over the world to join them in their "struggle" and request NATO for the military assistance.

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