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

Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Saturday.

Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.


An artist's rendering of the flyby with Mars orbiters taking cover. Note that the image says "spacecraft not to scale."

Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

A “mountain-sized” comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close – but not too close — to the action.


Pro-democracy protesters set up new barricades after riot police retreated from a main road at Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong early Saturday.

Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

Pro-democracy protesters have replaced barricades in the congested Mong Kong district of the city hours after authorities dismantled the obstacles.


People stand on the island's south shore to feel the winds from approaching Hurricane Gonzalo, in Astwood Park, Bermuda on Friday. The storm has knocked out power to half of the residents of the British island territory.

Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

In the British island territory, Gonzalo has wiped out power to roughly half of the island’s 70,000 inhabitants.


The Supreme Court early Saturday declined to block a Texas Voter ID law for the November election.

Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

With three justices dissenting, the high court’s ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.


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