Even Abby Martin and Glenn Greenwald screwed up the Ukraine / Russia story.
There has been no Russian “invasion” of Crimea, at all, just as there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, just as there was no policy of rape in Libya, just as there were no babies thrown out of incubators in 1990, just as the government of Syria launched no gas attacks against its own people.
Paul Craig Roberts sets the record straight:
The fact of the matter is that those 16,000 Russian troops have been in Crimea since the 1990s. Under the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, Russia has the right to base 25,000 troops in Crimea.
…No such dispatch has occurred. Putin has been granted authority by the Russian Duma to send troops to Ukraine, but Putin has stated publicly that sending troops would be a last resort to protect Crimean Russians from invasions by the ultra-nationalist neo-nazis who stole Washington’s coup and established themselves as the power in Kiev and western Ukraine.
…In an intercepted telephone call between EU foreign affairs minister Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet who had just returned from Kiev, Paet reports: “There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.” Paet goes on to report that “all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides . . . and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened.”
John McCain poses with Ukrainian Neo-Nazi coup leader Tyahnybok.