Obama Warns Russia Over Ukraine Intervention
President says 'there will be costs' if Moscow uses force
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2014 4:21 PM CST
Unidentified armed men patrol in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Friday.   (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

(Newser) – After another day of fast-moving and confusing developments in Ukraine, President Obama warned Russia to butt out of that nation's affairs. Obama said "there will be costs" for any military intervention, though he declined to specify what they may be. He said the US is "deeply concerned" about reports that Russia's military already has gotten involved. "It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people." (Read the full transcript at CNN.) Earlier, heavily armed men in military uniform arrived at strategic facilities in Crimea, prompting Ukraine to accuse Russia of "military invasion and occupation"—a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis.

Russia kept silent on claims of military intervention, even as it maintained its hard-line stance on protecting ethnic Russians in Crimea, a territory that has played a symbolic role in its national identity. Earlier today, Ukraine's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovich, resurfaced in Russia to deliver a defiant condemnation of what he called a "bandit coup" in Kiev. Meanwhile, Oleksandr Turchynov, who stepped in as president after Yanukovich fled Kiev last weekend, urged Vladimir Putin to stop "provocations" in Crimea and pull back military forces from the peninsula.

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Mar 1, 2014 2:16 PM CST
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Just like yesterday's our American Republicans have our feedback: This is a Poker game between Russia's Putin's invasion to land on Ukraine to challenge with a NEW Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and an African-American black Barack Obama's US-South Korea's Drill ambition; Russia is a Declarer, a criminal Viktor Yanukovych is just a Russian Putin's Card on the Poker table gambling with UN Security Council.
Chuck Roast
Mar 1, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Time for america to sit on the side lines, like China does. America needs to save its money and prepare for the future.
Mar 1, 2014 12:37 PM CST
OmeryPup, after reading some of your posts and reply's I am convinced (as well as others) that you need some serious mental health therapy. Please don't wait until its to late to help you.