Putin Mulled Putting Nuclear Forces ‘On Alert’ Over Crimea

From Yahoo News

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to put the country’s nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea last year after the fall of a Moscow-backed government in Kiev.

In a nearly three-hour documentary aired on state TV in Russia on Sunday a year after the takeover of the Black Sea Peninsula from Ukraine, Putin showed the lengths he was willing to go to in order to protect Russian-speaking citizens of the province he considered a historic slice of Russia.

The documentary, “Homeward Bound”, features interviews with Putin and reconstructions in which the Russian leader presents himself as the saviour of Crimea, forced to deploy elite troops to prevent a war with “nationalists” who took power in Kiev.

From extracting and saving fallen president Viktor Yanukovych’s life to orchestrating a military intervention, Putin was personally involved step-by-step in the events that were seen by the West as an illegal occupation.

And unsure whether the West would intervene militarily to stop the annexation, he was ready to face “the worst possible turn of events.”

Asked whether Russia was ready to put its nuclear forces on alert, Putin said: “We were ready to do this.”

He said he fielded many calls from foreign leaders and told them “that this is our historical territory and Russian people live there, they were in danger, and we cannot abandon them.”

“It was a frank and open position. And that is why I think no one was in the mood to start a world war.”

A member of the Russian troops stands guard near a Ukrainian navy ship in the harbor of Sevastopol on March 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Viktor Drachev)

 

Putin said in the documentary, that was filmed over eight months, that he had “no doubts” about the success of his operation to take back the peninsula that had been transferred from Russian to Ukrainian jurisdiction in 1954 by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the leader, whose unusual 10-day absence from the public eye has created frenzied speculation in Russia, would watch the final version of the documentary for the first time on Sunday.

A picture taken on March 16, 2014 shows a Crimean man making the victory sign as he celebrates in Simferopol’s Lenin Square after exit polls showed that about 93 percent of voters in Ukraine’s Crimea region supported union with Russia (AFP Photo/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Putin explained how after Yanukovych fled Kiev in the face of a pro-Western revolution, he organised a secret poll to test the sentiment of the Crimean population.

“But it was not us who carried out the coup d’etat. This was done by nationalists and people with extreme beliefs” in Kiev.

With support for absorption into Russia high, he sent in thousands of Russian special forces, marines and airborne troops to neutralise the Ukrainian military.

“In order to block and disarm 20,000 well-armed men, you need a specific set of personnel. We needed specialists who know how to do it,” said Putin.

He also explains how Russian troops worked for hours to convince troops in Crimea to cross over to their side or resign.

To dissuade an American warship that was in the Black Sea from intervening, Putin ordered the deployment of Russia’s “Bastion” mobile coastal defence missile systems.

Pro-Russian Crimeans celebrate in Sevastopol after partial results showed that about 95.5 percent of voters in Ukraine’s Crimea region supported union with Russia (AFP Photo/Viktor Drachev)

The annexation of Crimea was a critical event in the Ukrainian crisis which many believed triggered the separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine where over 6,000 have since been killed in fighting.

It also plunged Moscow’s ties with the West to lows unseen since the Cold War.

The move struck a deep chord with Russians, however, cementing Putin’s 15-year grip on power as his approval ratings have continued to climb in the past year, hitting a record 88 percent, according to figures released last week.

Putin said it had not occurred to him to try and take back Crimea until what he repeatedly describes as a “coup” by pro-Western protesters.

A picture taken on March 11, 2014, shows deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych speaking to journalists in southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don (AFP Photo/Alexander Nemenov)

He describes how he initially advised Yanukovych not to leave Kiev, and if he did, not to call off his security forces who had clashed repeatedly with the protesters.

“‘Oh, yes, yes, I know that,'” Putin said Yanukovych replied “only then to leave and pull all security forces out!”

Putin said he received countless reports that the pro-Western movement was plotting to kill Yanukovych and that the president’s motorcade had at one point come under fire.

He said Yanukovych tried to remain on Ukrainian territory but after a few days asked Putin to extract him.

“The fact that we saved his life, the life of his family members, I think it’s a good deed, a noble one,” said Putin.

Putin insisted his actions in Crimea prevented the kind of violence now seen in eastern Ukraine and said it was his “duty” and that he would do the same thing today.

“If you have the inner confidence that you are doing the right thing and that your actions aim to benefit the country and to defend the interests of the people of Russia, if this inner confidence is there, then everything will work out,” Putin said.

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24 Responses to Putin Mulled Putting Nuclear Forces ‘On Alert’ Over Crimea

  1. Hardnox says:

    Who can blame Putin? Bozo and the Euro-weenies lit the match in a stupid effort to poke Russia in the eye over natural gas in the Ukraine. This would be no different if Russia was messing around in Mexico or Canada.

    • Blessed B. says:

      True! When you poke a bear one must expect to arouse a response of anger.

      I hadn’t realized though just how close the USA had been to nuclear disaster. Obi is not smart enough to understand that Russia would have given no warning and by the time the missiles had been launched from Russian subs to detonation in DC would have taken approx. 17 mins. Not enough time to get to the bunkers and even if they did…..those bunkers would not have withstood the detonation anyways.

      I had heard that there was a Russian carrier parked off of Cuba during the Crimea scenario. Russian jets doing flights over the USA, down the Eastern seaboard, that couldn’t be picked up by radar.

      Obi either has a death wish or he just doesn’t understand that he’s playing so far out of his league with Putin…. like playing chess with a pigeon as Putin puts it!

      • Hardnox says:

        O’meathead is so used to being a punk he doesn’t recognize a real threat when he is confronted with one. Putin is a chess player while Putt is barely a checkers player.

        • Blessed B. says:

          He does really have a mental disease! I think he thought he could wave a white flag and capitulate….then Putin would back down and let him go. Russia doesn’t let people like Obama be exiled….they execute them!

          O’dumbo can’t even play tiddly winks!

      • upaces88 says:

        Obi is a Sociopath and a Narcissist…he doesn’t think anyone can do anything to hurt him. You know, he has EVERYTHING under control. Bad, cruel joke on us.

  2. Kathy says:

    Inner confidence….now there’s something we haven’t seen in about six years.

    Whether you like him or not, you have to admit that Putin is loyal to his country and his people.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Putin is loyal to his country and people for sure. It would be nice to have a President of the USA who showed as much devotion to Americans, once again!

  3. malenurseken says:

    So is OBAMA Kathy! His POLICIES prove it! His ACTIONS prove it! (YOU KNOW im not referring to USA I hope)!!!! HE IS ILLEGAL!

  4. malenurseken says:

    Thanks Kathy! Thanks Blessed! and if ANYONE in America still has a doubt where his ALLEGIANCE Obummas) lles then its because they choose to! Are IGNORANT, …. Like most of the others in Senate and Congress! Repbs and Dems both!

  5. Blessed B. says:

    There are many who will stay fight tooth and nail and say that obummer is the best Prez. evah! So sad that they caught the stupidity virus to which there is only cure!

    Don’t fret though….many here in Canada have also caught that virus and are championing the Liberal/Progressive leader for our next election in the Fall. Unfortunately they are allowed to multiply and vote! Praying sanity will prevail or we’ll be seeing the same devastation that our Southern cuzzins have seen for the past six years!

    Stay tuned Ken! Planning on posting a video for tomorrow that shows the stupidity in action! 🙂

  6. upaces88 says:

    Blessed B….we all know politicians do forget the people they are voted in to represent. They are sometimes dazzled with all of the new $$ connections they meet. They sell out…with the exception of a few like Gowdy, and Gohmert,
    There is MORE going on behind the scenes that we are aware of.
    An example: Gowdy’s Benghazi Team of 15 people were murdered to keep everyone from finding out that Obama was funding the very Terrorists that murdered our Ambassador and the others.

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    • Blessed B. says:

      There is lots more going on behind the scenes that the public isn’t even aware of for sure!

      I sometimes wonder from whose nightmares they get the ideas from to unleash them on the unassuming public!

      Here’s a song that I personally dedicate to HIM and his minions!

    • malenurseken says:

      I agree upaces! And cant help wondering how much of that was deleted by HILLARY CLITORISINTON! PRIVATE EMAILS??? Of COURSE Obama was funding the terrorists! JUST like fast and furious!

  7. malenurseken says:

    ALL I CAN SAY FOR TONIGHT, Thanks TED CRUZ!!!!!!