RT: A Ukrainian nationalist MP assisted by a group of helpers abused and threatened interim head of Ukraine’s National TV. They accused him of being anti-Ukrainian and bullied him into signing his resignation, claiming to be members of a new media regulator.
The office of the acting CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine, Aleksandr Panteleymonov, was stormed by people who claimed to be members of the freedom of speech and information committee. Among them were Ukrainian Svoboda MP Igor Miroshnynchenko and party ideologist Andrey Ilyenko. What began as a loud conversation quickly turned into a fight.
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BBC: He broadcast the ceremony in which Russian President Putin signed a bill to make Ukraine's Crimea region part of Russia. The MPs filmed themselves beating Mr Panteleymonov over the head until he gave in to their demands.
And here's Putin's address on the accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony is included at the end of the address.
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Predictably, Washington and its European and NATO allies have reacted with outrage, accusing the referendum of “illegality” and violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
US president Barack Obama told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that “Washington will never recognize Crimea’s secession from Ukraine.” And the American leader reiterated that Russia will face “additional costs” for its “annexation” of Crimea. Putin riposted that the process was legal.
European ministers met in Brussels on Monday to draw up punitive sanctions on senior Russian officials. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton referred snidely to the “so-called referendum” and dismissed it as “illegal under international law.” That’s rich coming from “Lady Ashton” who has never faced an election in her life and who owes her entire political career to secret decisions taken by privilege and patronage.
Ashton’s claim of illegality was echoed by European Council president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso.
Tellingly, despite their pomposity and pejorative assertions, none of the Western leaders, or the dutiful mainstream news media, offer a legal argument to support their claim that the people of Crimea have acted unlawfully or unconstitutionally. The official Western position seems to rely solely on force of bombastic rhetoric and nothing else.
Perhaps, these political hacks in high office secretly know that if they were to engage in real discussions based on objective legal principles and standards, their arguments would be swiftly decimated, given their own support for the neo-Nazi putschists who ransacked their way into government in Kiev with acts of murder and massive intimidation. If the Western sponsors of the fascist coup are not careful, their empty talk about constitutionality and due process could rebound to expose their own criminal involvement in regime change.
For now the people of Crimea have dealt a blow to Western machinations in Ukraine, with a bold “check”.
However, the game is not over yet. The reactionary regime in Kiev is calling up a “national guard” of 60,000 members that will incorporate the Right Sector paramilitaries. The neo-Nazi security ministers, Andriy Parubiy and Dmitry Yarosh, are calling for military attacks on Crimea and the pro-Russian population in the East of Ukraine. Yarosh has even warned that his Pravy Sektor shock troops will blow up Russian gas pipelines that run through Ukraine to Europe. And there are plenty of American political hotheads who want to arm the Kiev fascists. Senator John McCain, along with a delegation of other belligerent US congressmen visiting Kiev this week, spoke openly about arming the junta. “Russia is a giant gas station masquerading as a country”, said McCain, relishing an opportunity to attack Moscow. ...