February 28, 2014
The new government of Ukraine, installed after a violent coup last week and headed up by former central banker Arseniy Yatsenyuk, is calling on the United States and Britain to intervene militarily after unidentified armed men seized government buildings and airports in the semi-autonomous Crimea.
The corporate media in the United States identify the armed men as Russian soldiers, although it was reported on Thursday they “were wearing uniforms without any insignia, refused to talk to journalists, and it was not immediately clear who they were,” according to ABC News.
Ukraine’s scandal plagued speaker of Parliament, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, who is now the acting president of Ukraine, convened a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council to discuss the situation in Crimea. “Terrorists with automatic weapons, judged by our special services to be professional soldiers, tried to take control of the airport in Crimea,” he said.
Arsen Avakov, the newly installed interior minister and member of Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna party, said the incidents in Crimea amount to “military invasion and occupation.”
“It is a direct provocation of armed bloodshed in the territory of a sovereign State,” he wrote on Facebook.
In response to the activity by unidentified forces in the Crimea, the coup government in Kyiv demands the United States live up to an agreement signed in 1994.
The Budapest Memorandum was signed by Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma. It promises to uphold the territorial integrity of Ukraine in exchange for the former Soviet republic relinquishing its nuclear weapons.
“The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine… to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine,” one article reads.
The Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine, is expecting “confirmation of the obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against Ukraine’s territorial integrity or political independence.” It has called for the United Nations Security Council to convene a session in response to events unfolding in Crimea.