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Obama Administration Issues Stern Warning as Russian Tanks Penetrate Ukraine


Although a two-month ceasefire is still technically in place, Russia's invasive ground war in Ukraine is escalating. The United States has some stern words for Vladimir Putin over this incursion.

Yesterday U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meeha issued this statement on behalf of the White House:

We are very concerned by intensified fighting in eastern Ukraine, as well as numerous reports, including from the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), that Russian backed and supplied separatists are moving large convoys of heavy weapons and tanks to the front lines of the conflict. We continue to call on all sides to strictly adhere to the cease-fire. Any attempt by separatist forces to seize additional territory in eastern Ukraine would be a blatant violation of the Minsk agreements. We reiterate our call on the Russian Federation to honor all of the commitments it made in Minsk, including ending its military supply to the separatists and the withdrawal of all of its troops and weapons from Ukraine. Furthermore, Russia must enable the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty along the Ukrainian side of the international border, to be monitored by the OSCE, and facilitate the release of all hostages. We continue to stress that adherence to the framework agreed upon in Minsk is the best chance of achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Analysis Center on the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry had an unofficial meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this weekend at the Asia-Pacific Cooperation summit in Beijing. It appears Russia, which continues to deny any involvement in the war despite enormous evidence to the contrary, has the upper-hand and is framing the debate. "If Washington is interested in contributing to the reconciliation of the situation and creating dialogue between Kiev and the rebel leadership… I think that would be a step in the right direction," said Lavrov.

Kerry stated, "We do have some disagreements about some of the facts on the ground with respect to Ukraine. We have agreed to exchange some information between us regarding that. We have also agreed this is a dialogue between us that will continue."

President Barack Obama and Putin are supposed to have an unofficial meeting at the summit, too.

Radio Free Europe reports that this weekend eastern Ukraine faced "some of the most intense shelling since the cease-fire" began.

Whether Putin can sustain this war is yet to be seen. Russia's central bank is predicting three years of economic stagnation. The nation's currency continues to drop to record lows, and this weekend The Moscow Times reported "rising demand for foreign currency mean[ing] that U.S. dollars and euros were unavailable at some Russian banks and exchange points Friday as the ruble went into free fall during morning trading." Earlier in the year, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, which "is now Russia's poorest region," and will cost tens of billions of dollars on development.

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  1. Ha ha, how do you say blow me clown in Russian?

    1. The Saudis are the ones that are in charge right now. If OPEC forces oil prices lower, Putin is in deep shit.

    2. Hey, clown shoes Obama, blow me!

  2. Was Obama wearing his Charlie Chan outfit while lecturing the Russians?

  3. The Messiah issued a stern warning? Gracious, I’m sure Putin needed to be helped over to the nearest fainting couch, right?

    1. Obama induced “vapors”. I get those every time I here him speak. I just call them, gas.

    2. Isn’t it interesting how often people used to faint in movies and literature? Why doesn’t anybody do that anymore?

      1. One theory is that corsets caused chronic low-grade lung problems.

      2. I smell a Jesse Walker opportunity.

  4. “We do have some disagreements about some of the facts on the ground with respect to Ukraine. We have agreed to exchange some information between us regarding that. We have also agreed this is a dialogue between us that will continue.”

    Harsh words right there.

    1. He’s trying to cause Putin to laugh himself to death.

      1. ^^Uncivil Servant offers the most plausible explanation for Obama’s behavior in this matter that I’ve seen.

  5. They were just having a parade to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

  6. This aggression will not stand, Man.

    1. “It’s like Lenin said. You look for person who will benefit, and uh, uh, ya know, uh, and ya know-” “I am the walrus?”

  7. …stern words…

    Secretary of State John Kerry…

    I laughed. Out loud. Nothing like turning a tragedy into a farce. Is there anything John Kerry will not fail at?

    1. I figured the least I could do is add some humor to the crisis.

    2. ” Is there anything John Kerry will not fail at?”

      I think he’s pretty successful at spending his wife’s money.

    3. Landing rich bitches.

  8. If I had to guess, I’d guess the Russians want a land route to Crimea, and by hook or by crook mean to get it. Otherwise it’s vulnerable to besiegement by Ukraine.

    1. Not that Ukraine would seriously threaten Russia with war just because Crimea was strategically vulnerable.

      But that doesn’t matter because Russia is the world champion, by miles and miles, of hysterical paranoid foreign policy decision-making at the highest levels.

    2. Another “Danzig Corridor” – that worked so well too.

  9. “Or else we will be very, very angry with you. And we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.”

  10. US diplomatic influence is at a possible all-time low in the post-WWII period.

    Its not simply that adversaries are aware that the US public is increasingly opposed to any kind of unilateral military involvement – which is to be expected, and was true in the post vietnam era as well…

    and its also not simply that adversaries don’t believe we have the capability to muster coalitions of allies to engage in any serious, sustained multilateral policy to influence or coerce compliance.

    and its not even that our credibility on issues of things like human rights – surveillance, free speech, torture, rule of law – has been flushed down the toilet by successive presidents…

    Its that there is widespread perception that the US is neither competent nor trustworthy. Even on the most basic levels of diplomatic relations. See when Obama claimed to have a ‘coalition’ to fight ISIS, people like Turkey, Georgia, Slovenia et al, backpedaled in surprise that they were being ‘outed’?; the Obama Admin was utterly unconcerned with the political problems these nations faced at home – it *didn’t even occur to them*, demonstrating a dangerous level of naivete.

    Do you think China is going to take rebukes about its Internet Hacking seriously, while Obama refuses to discuss NSA policy with his own citizens? Its a fucking joke

  11. Marie Harf to unleash the Hashtag!

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