March 06, 2014

Act of War: Russia Scuttles Boat to Blockade Ukrainian Navy

Photo src: Black Sea News (Russian language)

Reports from the Crimea indicate that Russia has scuttled one of it's own ships in order to prevent the Ukrainian navy from entering the Black Sea. Even if we suspend reality for a moment and pretend that the "self defense" forces in the Crimea aren't really Russian special forces, blockading the Ukrainian navy is clearly an act of war:

Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Alexei Mazepa said Russian sailors pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav Lake. He said the act was intended to prevent Ukrainian navy ships from leaving a nearby base and going to sea.
Meanwhile, the Crimean parliament has green lighted a referendum asking the locals if they would like to become part of Russia:
Lawmakers in Crimea voted today for this mostly Russian enclave to become part of Russia and moved up a referendum to decide the matter to March 16....

When Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked two days ago about Russia annexing Crimea, he told reporters: “Only the people who live in a certain territory have the right to decide their own future.”

I especially like that last bit from Pres. Putin. If he's so keen on self-determination, why doesn't he let the Chechens and Dagestanis vote on whether or not they want to remain part of mother Russia?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:07 PM | Comments |