“FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE”
America warned Russia not to get involved in the Ukraine crisis. Looks like Russia didn’t listen …
All over the web videos are being posted of Russian helicopter fleets swarming into Crimea – an autonomous Republic located on a peninsula of Ukraine on the Black Sea.
(Here’s another one …)
We’re no experts on military hardware, but those look a lot like Mil Mi 24 or Mil Mi 28 attack helicopters to us. The latter bird features a 30 mm cannon that fires high explosive incendiary rounds as well as armor piercing munitions. Oh, and various combinations of missile racks.
So what happens next?
Who knows … as of this writing Crimea’s two million residents (including roughly 750,000 non-Russians) are under Russian control, as invasion forces seized airports, seaports, highways as well as television and radio stations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also has authorization from his parliament to use military force in the Ukraine – a former Soviet Republic which gained its independence in 1991.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has rebuked the Russian invasion – calling it an “incredible act of aggression.” He says multiple foreign powers are prepared to impose sanctions on Russia in response.
“All of them, every single one of them are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion,” Kerry said on CBS’ Face the Nation. “They’re prepared to put sanctions in place, they’re prepared to isolate Russia economically.”
And that’s the extent of what we should do … although Kerry is already vowing economic assistance “of a major sort” to Ukraine.
Russian aggression in Crimea or Ukraine proper is simply not America’s problem. And even if it was our problem, we don’t have the resources to get involved. Still, expect America’s ever-powerful War Gods to start banging the drum any second now …
In fact even U.S. President Barack Obama is getting in on the act, saying “there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”
Like his “red line” in Syria?