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US: All Options on Table in Ukraine

US: All Options on Table in Ukrainei
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March 02, 2014 7:56 PM
The crisis in Ukraine is consuming Washington’s attention, with the Obama administration issuing stark warnings to Russia over its seizure of Crimea, while Ukraine mobilizes military reservists and accuses Moscow of declaring war. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
Michael Bowman
The crisis in Ukraine is consuming Washington’s attention, with the Obama administration issuing stark warnings to Russia over its seizure of Crimea, while Ukraine mobilizes military reservists and accuses Moscow of declaring war. 

With Russian troops deployed in Crimea and the threat of war in Eastern Europe growing by the day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia’s incursion.

“A brazen act of aggression in violation of international law, in violation of the U.N. Charter. It is a 19th century act in the 21st century.”  

Kerry spoke on ABC’s This Week television program.

His words echoed those of NATO officials and major U.S. allies. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stressed “the rights of the people of Ukraine to determine their own future without outside interference.” 

Before departing for Kyiv Sunday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said violations of Ukrainian sovereignty “cannot be the way to conduct international affairs.”

Moscow says it is acting to protect Russian citizens and sympathizers in eastern Ukraine, a goal Kerry said can be accomplished without the use of force.

“We ought to be able to work this out through the diplomatic process," he said. "If Russia chooses not to, there will be serious repercussions,” said Kerry.

The secretary stressed that “all options are on the table” to deal with the situation. 

Also appearing on This Week, Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said America’s diplomatic “reset” with Russia has failed.

“Now it is time to respond with strength. I think it is time to talk about economic sanctions, it is important to talk about aid to the Ukrainian people, to have Congress on the record supporting the inclusion of Georgia into NATO," Kinzinger said. "Talk about, ‘Look, Russia, if you want to threaten your neighbors, including Ukraine, we are going to talk about the expansion of NATO.'”

Other U.S. lawmakers say an upcoming G-8 summit should be moved out of the Russian resort city of Sochi, which hosted the Olympics last month. The United States and several EU nations have either pulled out of G-8 summit preparations or called for those efforts to be suspended.

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by: ngan from: Viet Nam
March 03, 2014 5:03 AM
Where is US's President? It seem US's President isn't being anymore!


by: gfdtk from: HA
March 03, 2014 3:04 AM
American citizens! Deceive you. Ukrainian army did not support the new government Ukrainy.Ukrainskaya army goes over to the side on the side of Russia.


by: JP from: md
March 03, 2014 12:38 AM
Obama do not provide all truthful information to American people. There is no conflict between Eastern and Western Ukraine. It is Putin propaganda. Putin main goal is not to expand Russian border but defense/military factories that located in Eastern Ukraine. This is what Putin fighting for. It is not even an oil/gas pipeline.
Ukrainian Yuzhmash Missile Factory factory that was producing intercontinental ballistic missiles during Soviet Union. It is located in Dnepropetrovsk, Eastern Ukraine, where all those ICBMs that kept you awake at night during the Reagan times. It was focused on the design and production of ballistic missiles. The plant was later renamed Yuzhnoye Machine-Building Production Association, or Yuzhmash; The design bureau is currently known as Pivdenne Design Bureau. Missiles produced at Yuzhmash included the first nuclear armed Soviet rocket R-5M (SS-3 'Shyster'), the R-12 Dvina (SS-4 'Sandal'), the R-14 Chusovaya (SS-5 'Skean'), the first widely deployed Soviet ICBM R-16 (SS-7 'Saddler'), the R-36 (SS-9 'Scarp'), the MR-UR-100 Sotka (SS-17 'Spanker'), and the R-36M (SS-18 'Satan'). During the Soviet era, the plant was capable of producing of up to 120 ICBMs a year. Yuzhmash was selected to be the main production facility of the RT-2UTTKh Topol-M ICBM (SS-27 "Sickle B").
Ukrainian production of uranium is in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast as well. In past Ukraine was the nation with the 3rd most nuclear weapons.

The Malyshev Factory located Kharkiv Eastern Ukraine is a state-owned manufacturer of heavy equipment in Kharkiv, Eastern Ukraine. is best known for its production of Soviet tanks, including the BT tank series of fast tanks, the famous T-64 and T-80, and their modern Ukrainian successor, the T-84. The factory is closely associated with the Morozov Design Bureau (KMDB), designer of military armoured fighting vehicles:
BTR-3U "Okhotnik": initially known as BTR-94K.
BTR-3E: probably with UTD-20 engine.
BTR-3E1: latest version with BM-3 "Shturm" turret and new engine.
BTR-3E ARV: recovery vehicle with winch, crane and dozer blade.
BTR-3E 90: heavy fire support vehicle with 90mm Cockerill main gun.[2]

Feodosiya Shipbuilding Company "More" located in Crimea Nuclear submarines (not confirmed)
As was reported by news agency Context Crimea, regarding a contract with Chinese defense ministry regarding, the shipyard More is obliged to built two Project 12322 Zubrlanding air-cushion ships and hand over technical documentation of those ships; that allows China to construct such ships by itself. The contract will provide the shipyard with workload for nearest 5 years. Total value of a contract makes $240 mln.

Roman Trotsenko, the president of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) said that Vladimir Putin is working on the agreement with Ukraine to integrate two Ukrainian state companies – turbine-making plant Zorya Mashproekt (Nikolayev) and shipyard More (Feodosiya) into USC.



Kharkov Aviation Factory Kharkiv Ukraine manufactured military aircrafts/ bombs carried in internal racks.
Aviation industry[edit]
Zaporizhia Machine Building Design Bureau of Ivchenko "Prohres"
Krasyliv Aggregate Factory etc.


Ukraine possesses substantial natural reserves of iron ore. The Ukrainian iron and steel industry is concentrated in central (Dnipropetrovsk, Kryvyi Rih, Nikopol), southern (Zaporizhia) and eastern (Donets Basin, Mariupol) Eastern regions of Ukraine. There are 14 iron ore mining companies, 15 iron and steel mills, and three ferroalloy plants.


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 02, 2014 10:21 PM
This is a hostile situation from Russia, and the tension continued to mount. This is a breach of international law, and we condemn it. The whole world needs to stand up to Russia. Russia primary motive is to destroy the west. And there is no way the Russia can defeat America. So whatever Mr. Putin is thinking of, he needs to back off from Crimea. It is the Ukrainian people internal affair, and let them solve their own problem. They don't need Putin to do so. We all calling on all Ukrainian to stand up for their sovereignty. Mr. Putin always standing up to Mr. Obama, we saw it in the Iranian Nuclear program, The Syrian war, the Israeli and so call palestinian conflict.This act of aggression from Russia needs to be stop. Russia is on the Security Council of the UN, which mean she owes the world responsibility, not destruction. I told your Putin is the problem to the world


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 02, 2014 9:58 PM
The seizure of Crimea by Russia is an act of aggression over a sovereign state. Russia needs to be stop. The people of Ukraine don't want to be under Russian leadership. Mr. Putin is a dictator. This is a gross violation to the international law, We are calling on the UN to look into this matter. I told VOA,and the World that Russia was part of the problem in the world today, as we speak. Russia action is unacceptable and she must consequences for her action. We are calling on the international community to condemn Russia for this nonsense behaviour. This is a declaration of war, and the World leaders need to stop Russia. Enough of Putin nonsense

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by: Al from: USA
March 03, 2014 10:42 AM
You can be serious to utter this kind of misinnformed picture of the situation. You need to begin to think or look outside of the box and think freely and independently. Your reasoning is very poor.


by: JP from: DC
March 02, 2014 9:13 PM
What Obama do not tell to American people. There is no conflict between Eastern and Western Ukraine. It is Putin propaganda. Almost all defense factories located in Eastern Ukraine. This is what Putin fighting for. It is not even an oil/gas pipeline.
Ukrainian Uzmash Missile Factory factory that was producing intercontinental ballistic missiles during Soviet Union. It is located in Dnepropetrovsk, Eastern Ukraine, where all those ICBMs that kept you awake at night during the Reagan times.
Ukrainian production of uranium is in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast as well.

The Malyshev Factory located Kharkiv Eastern Ukraine is a state-owned manufacturer of heavy equipment in Kharkiv, Eastern Ukraine. is best known for its production of Soviet tanks, including the BT tank series of fast tanks, the famous T-64 and T-80, and their modern Ukrainian successor, the T-84. The factory is closely associated with the Morozov Design Bureau (KMDB), designer of military armoured fighting vehicles.

Kharkov Aviation Factory Kharkiv Ukraine manufactured military aircrafts/ bombs carried in internal racks/
Aviation industry[edit]
• Zaporizhia Machine Building Design Bureau of Ivchenko "Prohres"
• Krasyliv Aggregate Factory
• Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise
• Ukrainian Aviation Transportation Company
• Odessa Aviation Factory
• Vinnytsia Aviation Factory "VIAZ"
• Zakarpattia Helicopter Producing Association (Dubove)
• Southern Aviation Industrial Adjustment (Zaporizhia), Eastern Ukraine
• Kharkiv Machine Building Factory "FED" Eastern Ukraine
• Kharkiv Aggregate Design Bureau, Eastern Ukraine
• Tyachiv Factory "Zenit"
• Ukrainian Science Research Institute of Aviation Technology (Kiev) Eastern Ukraine
• Science Research Institute of Aero-resilient Systems (Feodosiya), Crimea
• Research Design Bureau of General Purpose Aviation (Greater Kiev), Eastern Ukraine
• Science Research Center "Vertolit" (Feodosiya), Cremia
Aviation repair factories
• Yevpatoria, Crimea
• MiGremont (Zaporizhia), Eastern Ukraine
• Luhansk Eastern Ukraine
• NARP (Mykolaiv), Eastern Ukraine
Shipbuilding and marine technology
• Central Design Bureau "Chornomorets" (Sevastopol)Crimea,
• Special Production Technical Base "Polumya" (Sevastopol)Crimea
• Kiev Science Research Institute of Hydroinstruments,
• Zorya-Mashproekt (Mykolaiv), South East Ukraine
• State Research and Design Shipbuilding Center (Mykolaiv), South East Ukraine
• Palada (Kherson), East Ukraine
• Central Design Bureau "Izumrud" (Kherson) East Ukraine
• Feodosiya Shipmechanical Factory., Crimea
• Skloplastyk (Feodosiya), Crimea East Ukraine
• Kherson Factory ship equipment and ship fittings,
• Feodosiya Shipbuilding Company "More" Nuclear submarines(I am not sure)
• Factory "Fiolent" (Simferopol),Crimea

Ukraine possesses substantial natural reserves of iron ore. The Ukrainian iron and steel industry is concentrated in central (Dnipropetrovsk, Kryvyi Rih, Nikopol), southern (Zaporizhia) and eastern (Donets Basin, Mariupol) Eastern regions of Ukraine. There are 14 iron ore mining companies, 15 iron and steel mills, and three ferroalloy plants.


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 02, 2014 8:02 PM
I am a historian, anything I write or say will happen. I told VOA that Mr. Obama need to stand up to Russia. Diplomacy has failed. It is time for strenght. And enough of Russia nonsense. Russia needs to respect the fact that the US is the world super power. and it is going to remain like this.
Russia should fool herself, she cannot shake the US. If Russia is depending wholly on that nuclear weapon, she is wasting her time, Cuz Russia knows if she strikes the US, she knows what is coming for her.
This is a violent act, it is an act of aggression, And the US, EU and NATO needs to stop Russia aggressiveness. Russia cannot just go take over another person country and wave their flag over that country. We need to strengthen the ukrainian army for the battle ahead of us. These are the things we were talking when Mr. Obama came to power, started reducing our military power, and bringing down our installation in Europe and around the world, Sarah Palin said the same time, I have been saying. Now this is the problem. The US needs her presence in Ukraine and some part of Europe to stop Russia nonsense. God Bless America


by: Mark from: Virginia
March 02, 2014 7:10 PM
right or wrong, agree of disagree, it matters little now.

The chess pieces are moving, the nations are lining up and bracing for war. Lives will be lost, blood will be shed, families will be broken apart and destroyed and land will be tortured and torn from the machinery of combat.

Pray now, pray hard to whatever deity or deities your faith dictates are worth praying to, that this crisis can be resolved without the use of arms, that battle does not need to be joined and that peace may once again come to be.

No good ever comes from war, it is all about death and destruction and the victor (if there really is such a thing) imposing its will upon the vanquished.


by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
March 02, 2014 7:09 PM
US lawmakers should know that the threat of moving out of Sochi the upcoming G-8 summit doesn’t sound threatening to Mr Putin’s regime at all as he is adult enough to notice that “G-8” is just a symbolic membership when comparing to be a member of ‘G-7’. Keeping in mind proSoviet psychology of the present day Russia’s leader, sanctions against his personal assets in the West and those of his entourage would be overwhelming to the ruling Russian elite in their preparedness to flee Russia in the case of the same pattern revolt in Russia as has happened in Ukraine.


by: Anthony Wicher from: Lake Arrowhead, CA
March 02, 2014 6:35 PM
:All options are on the table? Like nuclear war? The reality is that the Anglo-European empire engineered a fascist coup the Ukraine. Its government is totally illegitimate and represents a fascist minority. Nuclear war looms close.

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