Over the past week, Russia has flooded more than 16,000 troops into the Crimean peninsula. Ukrainian Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev told the U.N. Security Council. Council members asked Russia to withdraw only to be told by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin (at right) that Russia's purpose is to preserve democracy and to protect millions of Russians in Ukraine by stopping radical extremists.
Really? Russia just happened to have 16,000 troops sitting around with nothing better to do than invade Ukraine.
According to Sergeyev, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had asked Russia to send troops "to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability, and defending the people of Ukraine."
The peace-loving soldiers of Mother Russia have surrounded military posts and other facilities, effectively taking control of the peninsula from Ukrainian authorities.
"Swear Allegiance or Face an Attack"A Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman has reported that the commander of Russia's Black Sea fleet boarded a blocked Ukrainian warship telling the men aboard, to "Swear allegiance to the new Crimean authorities, or surrender, or face an attack," he said, according to the spokesman, Vladislav Seleznyov.
In a "strong" show of force, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that sanctions against Russia weren't just possible, but likely.