Statement By The Press Secretary On Ukraine: March 16th, 2014


 

By Jueseppi B.

America’s ambassador to the UN, Ms. Samantha Power, berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong.

America’s ambassador to the UN, Ms. Samantha Power, berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the “referendum” that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine.  This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.

 

No decisions should be made about the future of Ukraine without the Ukrainian government.  Moreover, this vote was not necessary.  The Ukrainian government has made clear its willingness to discuss increased autonomy for Crimea, and the presidential elections planned for May 25 provide a legitimate opportunity for all Ukrainians to make their voices heard on the future of their country.

 

In addition, Ukraine, the United States, the EU, the OSCE, the UN, and others have called for Russia to allow international monitors into the Crimean peninsula to ensure that the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine are being upheld.  Russia has spurned those calls as well as outreach from the Ukrainian government and instead has escalated its military intervention into Crimea and initiated threatening military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border.

 

Russia’s actions are dangerous and destabilizing.  The UN Security Council recognized this in a vote yesterday that only Russia opposed.  As the United States and our allies have made clear, military intervention and violation of international law will bring increasing costs for Russia – not only due to measures imposed by the United States and our allies but also as a direct result of Russia’s own destabilizing actions.

 

In this century, we are long past the days when the international community will stand quietly by while one country forcibly seizes the territory of another.  We call on all members of the international community to continue to condemn such actions, to take concrete steps to impose costs, and to stand together in support of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

 

 

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President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

March 12, 2014 | 15:26 |Public Domain

 

The President Obama and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine speak to the press after a bilateral meeting to discuss finding a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders also discussed support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections.

 

 

 

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From The Daily Mail:

 

US v Russia in clash of diplomats: America’s ambassador to the UN berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong

 

  • 13 countries voted for the motion, Russia against, China abstained
  • Russia Foreign Ministry blasted vote as American plot to interfere
  • Samantha Power of US said Crimea will stay Ukrainian unless law changes

 

Russia defied the world yesterday as it vetoed a UN resolution that declared today’s referendum on the status of Crimea invalid.

 

Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN, berated her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, at an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York, saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong. 

 

Thirteen countries voted in favour of the resolution. Russia voted against the motion, while China abstained.

 

Visibly enraged, she discussed options with Ukraine's Yuriy Sergeyev (second left) ahead of the vote.

Visibly enraged, she discussed options with Ukraine’s Yuriy Sergeyev (second left) ahead of the vote.

 

Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the resolution as another American attempt to interfere in Ukraine.

 

But Ms Power – an Irish-born diplomat and academic who has held various senior positions in Barack Obama’s administration – said: ‘Crimea will be part of Ukraine unless and until its status is changed in accordance of Ukrainian and international law.’

 

Mr Churkin was the only country to vote against the motion. China abstained, and 13 voted in favour.

Mr Churkin was the only country to vote against the motion. China abstained, and 13 voted in favour.

 

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Thank you The Daily Mail.

 

 

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President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

Look closely at this foot Vladimir, cause it's about to be lodged up your ass.

Look closely at this foot Vladimir, cause it’s about to be lodged up your ass.

the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

An Orthodox clergyman stands at the gate of a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2. Behind him are Ukrainian soldiers standing just inside the gate.

An Orthodox clergyman stands at the gate of a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2. Behind him are Ukrainian soldiers standing just inside the gate.

A young Ukrainian soldier stands behind the gate inside a Ukrainian military base that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2 in Crimea.

A young Ukrainian soldier stands behind the gate inside a Ukrainian military base that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2 in Crimea.

Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 2.

Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 2.

A Maidan self-defense unit member stands in support of Ukraine in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 2.

A Maidan self-defense unit member stands in support of Ukraine in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 2.

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AP PHOTO/ANDREW LUBIMOV A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

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A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

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  3. Moral lesson….. don’t let Russians immigrate to anyone’s territory. The moment there are enough of them, they will carve out that territory and keep it as theirs.

    Well, it happened to the native Americans too, and to the Aborigenes of Australia. ^^

    In a way, Ukraine is better off without Crimea, and just set their sights on Europe.

  4. This is worrisome to say the least. Putin needs to back off; none of us need military actions right now. Barack is doing exactly what he should be doing. The GOP keeps urging Obama to “do something.” You have to wonder why… Follow the money. Who gains from war?

    How are you, Unlce Jueseppi? I hope you are enjoying what’s left of the weekend.

    • I am goooood, just chillin and stuffin my face. How is the family and you?

      • We are doing well. I finally took time to groom my poodle. She is so old and feeble, I won’t let anyone else clip her. When Scout is clean and brushed she actually smiles.

        My family are fine. My daughter spends her weekends on the phone with her fiance and plans to visit him in Arkansas this week. :) I’m a mom that actually enjoys an empty house. My husband will be at work and I’ll be able to work undisturbed. My boss gave me another task so I’ll be crunched this week.

        Stuffin your face and chillin? I wish! There are so many things I can’t eat that it’s more of a chore. Enjoy your time. ;)

      • One day you’ll tell me all about you. Whats going on with your daughters healthcare?

      • My daughter’s healthcare insurance is working. Instead of her healthcare needs waiting until she/we have money to pay, she is able to manage scheduling and paying for appointments – with help. Being able to walk into a facility or an office and say, “Oh yes, I have insurance,” has done wonders for her overall self-esteem. Imagine how she felt having to go to the hospital and ask for charity care? She would stand aside until there were no others to hear her before asking. Then the person behind the desk would automatically begin to sum her up and judge her. Some people look down on people for using food stamps in the same way. She was told once that she was wearing a nice brand-name coat; you could see they were thinking she was cheating the system. I asked my daughter if she told them how much she paid for the coat, she said, “No, it’s none of their business.” She got the coat at a secondhand shop for $6; she is a shrewd shopper – as are most people who have little money to work with.

        She did report the issue with that facility and followed up with the ACA people. It’s in their hands now and I doubt we will know the outcome. BUT, my daughter called for an appointment and told them she had insurance. She showed up and the appointment went well. The person at the desk was not the person she had talked to on the phone. It turned out the facility was out of network but she had no problem with the cost. We are half way through March – so far, so good.

        Me? I am managing alright. I’m taking a daily injection to rebuild bone density and am having some pain from the treatment but two ibuprofen will take care of it. All those bone medicines list pain as a side effect. My other issue right now is carpal tunnel in my hand, remember I use one hand to type since the stroke. I went from typing 75 to 85 words per minute to stretching my hand across the entire keyboard. On my left hand, my pinkie can touch “Q” and the thumb hits the “?” at the same time, that’s how I’ve adapted. I do need to look at the keys now too.

        I have been rescheduling my appointments because it has been so cold here in Jersey. I got a new prescription for glasses in December and have not been able to get back to order them yet so I lean forward and squint. Ha ha ha! I can imagine having half a dozen appointments in a single day – how awful! :D I do not like appointments at all!

        No matter how bad I have it, there are always many people who struggle more. When my pain is bad, I think of my little brother who cannot sit up straight and needs a new medication pump implant. Poop is on Medicaid and his last pump stopped working three years ago when the battery died. When I think of that, my pain vanishes. He is the sweetest human I have ever known.

        Here I am launching into long stories… I need to get to work on the Reminder and the writing my boss wants. I must tell you this… my dog Scout fell asleep on my bedroom shoes (they go up to my knees). Because she was asleep I am working shoeless until she wakes. :) This dog is the light of my life! I believe I’m closer to her than my husband.

        I was going to stop, right. :) Later, Dude!

      • I like hearing about your existence, and I am happy your daughter has a working healthcare plan. Just remind her it’s the law and the providers have to give her coverage, or go to jail. I am praying for you and your recovery. I have diabetes, and thats a whole set of issues, so I know what you are going thru. Just remember to take care of yourself.

      • I think about your diabetes too. My mother’s entire family has diabetes except her, and now me. Diabetes is no picnic, as I’m sure you well know. I try not to dwell on my problems because the more I do, the worse they seem. Some days I feel like I can take on the world and other days I want to pull the covers over my head. That’s where having this dog comes in; she is as devoted to me as I am to her. I walk across the floor and her eyes watch every step. This dog feels my pain; when it’s bad, she stays in the far corner from me. I can take ibuprofen and she will come back beside me. There is more emotion in her tail than my husband (Asperger’s) has in his whole body. Dogs are a gift from God. And so are friends. Back to work, Uncle Jueseppi!

      • I hope your project gets completed ahead of schedule. And I am grateful you have Scout.

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