Nation & World News

Obama Condemns Russian ‘Intervention’ In Ukraine

By Mark Memmott on March 6th, 2014

Referring to Russia’s actions in Crimea as an “intervention” and saying the U.S. will continue to “mobilize the international community to condemn this violation of international law,” President Obama just delivered some of his most extensive remarks to date about the crisis in Ukraine.

In laying out his rationale for ordering the Treasury and State departments earlier today to begin imposing travel and financial sanctions on individuals who are responsible for Russia’s actions, Obama added that the world is “well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

While Russian President Vladimir Putin denies that they are Russian forces, armed soldiers who witnesses and journalists say are Russian troops have effectively taken control in Crimea, a strategically important peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. The soldiers moved in after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by his nation’s parliament — a toppling that came after months of protests over widespread corruption and Yanukovych’s pro-Russian leanings.

He decried the move by the parliament in Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine, to take steps toward breaking off and joining Russia. “The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law,” Obama said.

There is a way to resolve the crisis that respects Russia’s interests, the president said: “Let international monitors into all of Ukraine, including Crimea … to ensure the rights of all Ukrainians are being respected.”

Update at 6:45 p.m. ET:

The White House says Obama and Putin spoke for about an hour on Thursday. Obama reportedly re-emphasized that Russia’s actions are a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and that Moscow needs to move its troops back to their military base in Crimea in order to resolve the conflict.

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET:

House lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill backing loan guarantees for Ukraine’s new government. The Senate is expected to back a similar bill for $1 billion in loan guarantees next week.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Minnie Miñoso smiles in front of a sculpture of him before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field. Major League Baseball's first black Latino star, Miñoso died March 1, 2015.

Minnie Miñoso, Major League Baseball’s First Black Latino Star, Dies

Miñoso, known as the Cuban Comet and Mr. White Sox, was a seven-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover whose major league career spanned five decades.


Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday.

Kerry Tries To Calm Tensions Over Netanyahu Visit

The Secretary of State said the Israeli prime minister is welcome to speak in the U.S. and that the White House does not want to see his address to Congress become “a political football.”


Survivors of an avalanche walk in the Abdullah Khil village of the Dara district of Panjshir province on Sunday. Nearly 200 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years.

Avalanches Kill Nearly 250 In Afghanistan

The latest avalanches, in the Panjshir Valley north of the capital, Kabul, have cut off villages in the area for almost a week.


A user prepares to roll a marijuana cigarette on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes in the District of Colombia on Thursday.

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 63 percent of Republicans under the age of 34 favor legalization.


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday.

Venezuela Cuts American Embassy Staff, Restricts U.S. Travel

President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of “gringo” meddling and placed several individuals, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Marco Rubio on a list of people banned from the country.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments