Beginning last November, Ukrainians had protested, demonstrated, and rioted to join the European Union. When the Euromaiden Uprising turned violent, 98 lost their lives and thousands more were injured.
According to Global Research, Infowars, and other sources, the CIA and the EU covertly had supported the Euromaiden Uprising, with the Obama administration spending $20 million a week to fund, arm, and train the protesters.
On February 28, 2014, Obama urged Russia not to intervene in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. He said, “we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties — and a military facility in Crimea. But any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing. The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”
Obama’s remarks followed a statement at the U.N. by Ambassador Samantha Power, who called for Russia to stand down and let Ukraine’s citizens determine their own future. Saying that Ukraine’s new government will need help to recover, Power said that the United States “stands with the Ukrainian people.”
A month later, Russia is firmly in control of Crimea where a popular referendum found an overwhelming majority in favor of joining Russia. On March 11, 2014, Crimea’s parliament voted to secede from Ukraine and return to Russia.
The Voice of America reports that on March 25, 2014, speaking at Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts after meetings with European Union and NATO officials, Obama said Western powers do not have any plans to try to dislodge Russia from Crimea by force. He believes democracy and the rule of law will triumph in Ukraine, and that over time, if the West remains united, Russia will recognize that it cannot use brute force to achieve its goals.
Obama said that the U.S. and the EU are forming a united front and that consequences for Russia will continue to grow in response to its actions in Ukraine. He said Russia’s energy sector could be the next target of economic sanctions by the United States and the European Union.
Meanwhile, the World Bank said in a report published yesterday that if Moscow’s standoff with the West over Crimea intensifies, the Russian economy could contract 1.8% in 2014 and investors could pull a record $150 billion out of the country.
Obama told reporters in Brussels that NATO needs a regular presence in countries that feel vulnerable to Russia. To that end, NATO would step up its presence in new east European member states bordering on Russia and Ukraine to provide reassurance that the alliance’s mutual defense guarantee would protect them.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Russia has continued to build up military forces along its border with Ukraine, despite assurances it has no intention to invade.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity rating has soared with Crimea’s annexation: a poll published yesterday by the Levada Center, an independent Russian polling agency, found that public support for Putin had risen to 80% during the past week.
I can’t help but wonder how those Euromaiden Ukrainian protesters are feeling today. They should have asked the Syrian “rebels” and the rioters of Egypt’s “Arab Spring.”