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Putin orders military tests amid Ukraine tensions

President Vladimir Putin Honours Russian Olympic Athletes

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered massive exercises involving most of its military units in western Russia amid tensions in Ukraine.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement made at a meeting of top military brass in Moscow that the exercise is intended to "checks the troops' readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation's military security."

Shoigu said Putin ordered the exercise Wednesday afternoon. During the first two days, the military will be put on high alert and some will deploy to shooting ranges.

The actual maneuvers will start Friday and will last four days, he said. The exercise will involve ships of the Baltic and the Northern Fleets and the air force.

Shoigu's statement didn't contain any reference to Ukraine, where tensions remain high following the toppling of Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych. Russia has questioned the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities and accused them of failing to control radicals who threaten the Russia-speaking population in Ukraine's east and south.

A senior Russian lawmaker on Tuesday told pro-Russia activists in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula where Russia has a major naval base that Moscow will protect them if their lives are in danger.

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hawaiiana February 26 2014 at 12:03 PM

No matter the subject the same people chime in "Obama". To them he is the anti christ no matter what he does. Back to the subject at hand, if you are familiar with history you know Hitler used the German speaking occupants of Sudetenland to justify invading Czechoslovakia. Putin is sounding very familiar

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Leona February 26 2014 at 12:22 PM

Michael Corleone, Vladimir Putin one in the same..........

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ellinas696 Leona February 26 2014 at 12:30 PM

Nothing wrong with that.

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terryriddle February 26 2014 at 9:20 AM

Obama needs to use caution and stay silent with Putin. If Putin draws a red line I can ensure you he will hold firm on such a red line. The US is weak and in deep debt....with a Sec of State's mission focusing on climate change. Putin is walking with a big bat, this time!

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Wes terryriddle February 26 2014 at 9:38 AM

There is no way the US is weak with all the weaponry we have. I agree that Russia has a reason for not trusting the world and are determined to keep friends on their borders like any country in the world (historically and now) has done. But make no mistake about the US being weak. We have the awesome firepower with the new kinds of cannon and laser weapons to handle any nation on this planet. Yes, we do have other concerns, but the military is not one of them.

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Welcome Sarge! February 26 2014 at 9:19 AM

I suppose that the "line in the sand" that the narcissistic and Messianic Barack Obama drew in the sand to keep this former KGB agent in check, really had an impact...it emboldened him even more. Everything this one man wrecking ball puts his hands on turns to crap. He does less damage to our nations prestige when he stays on some million dollar golf course in the south of France. Putin will enter Ukraine with military force then declare a new Russian Federation with Ukraine as part of it because he knows BO won't do a damn think about it except opine and more his line in the sand further back. Obama's a bad joke and Biden is equally inept.

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Wes Welcome Sarge! February 26 2014 at 9:44 AM

No, Puting will enter the Ukraine because the country is on Russia's border and it's a buffer zone from any enemies. All countries would rather have friendly nations on their borders. No country is an exception. And since Eastern Ukraine supports having Russia as friends, there is a threat of there being a civil war, which Russia can't afford to have. We should understand after Cuba's civil war. It turned Communist and only when the Russian missiles entered that nation did we react. You can't have enemies on your border, no matter who you are.

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szab0413 February 26 2014 at 9:19 AM

Obama will have something stern to say..........

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jdcapshew February 26 2014 at 9:18 AM

There's very little the USA can do about Russia threatening Ukraine. What we can do is provide a united show of support with all the western European nations in support of democracy in Ukraine. Whatever happens, Ukrainians should decide where they want to go and eventually that will happen regardless of thuggish Putin's military exercises. The thievery and corruption of Yanucovych is now being exposed and even the pro-Russian Ukrainians in the east are disgusted so Putin better be careful or he's going to get bitten.

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wklingensmith jdcapshew February 26 2014 at 9:22 AM

There's very little the USA can do .........especially with the libs gutting our military.

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STAN wklingensmith February 26 2014 at 9:31 AM

Roger that wkling...the spaghetti spined, limp wristed liberals are putting us ast great peril.

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tom February 26 2014 at 9:17 AM

not worried, Obama told him to toe the line, or else. LMAO

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ljnace tom February 26 2014 at 9:21 AM

Obama is not like your 3 stooges. He won't attack Russia over the Ukraine unlike the 3 stooges and their oil wars.

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roloma1 February 26 2014 at 12:24 PM

Protecting ethnic Russian. Same excuse Stalin gave for invading Eastern Poland when Hitler invaded in the West. I believe Stalin is one of Putin's role models.

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neutralslamm roloma1 February 26 2014 at 12:32 PM

Same excuse the big O is using to confiscate firearms, restrict free speech, spy on citizens, force citizens into unwanted social medical programs and or (tax, so some call it) without representation? Who is his "role model?"

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MARTHA & PERRY February 26 2014 at 9:15 AM

anyone else notice their comments being deleted?

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lmp0114 February 26 2014 at 12:27 PM

MR. PUTIN IS FROM THE SAME SCHOOL AS ALL OTHER COMMUNIST, NOT A FRIED OF DEMOCRACY AND NEVER CAN BE TRUSTED.

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shady133 lmp0114 February 26 2014 at 12:32 PM

modern day America is closer to a communist system than Russia currently is

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omahakid lmp0114 February 26 2014 at 12:33 PM

Obama can`t be trusted to tell America the truth. But like most former community organizers lies is a weapon of choice and he is very good at it.

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