Crimea airported seized by gunmen

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http://rt.com/news/crimea-airport-terminal-capture-095/

And so it starts. Ukraine splits, Putin sends troops to practice war games, Russia cuts off natural gas to Ukraine and the EU, and Crimea residents speak Russian. Oh yes, Kerry warned Putin...
 

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Three hours later, the airport is reported to be operating normally. Appears to be nationalists looking for military from Kiev. AFP and the BBC WS now adding to the developing story.
 

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Ukraine is a complex nation that isn't necessarily a homogeneous culture, or even national identity. NPR reported this morning that the individuals at the airport were "Russian Marines." Whether that's correct or complete or not remains to be seen in subsequent reports. The tempo changes like day trading. The Crimean region is comprised of ethnic Russians who affiliate more with Russia than the West. From a very high level view, this seems to be post-Cold War tectonics. Russia's interests lie heavily in Ukraine as resource suppliers, and Ukraine relies heavily on Russia for products, such as refined petroleum and natural gas.

Two potential outcomes: we see the Crimea emerge as a Soviet-era satellite state (as if it isn't already), and the remainder (if it's allowed to) look toward the EU, OR there is a re-emergence of Cold War passive-aggression at a time where our national decision-makers were counting on a "lean" military (which, IMO at least, was poorly advised to begin with).

And, that's only one destabilized nation. We got a ton of 'em these days.
 
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