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Crimea Parliament Declares Independence From Ukraine After Referendum


MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's foreign ministry is calling on Ukraine to become a federal state and call fresh elections.

In a statement posted on Monday the ministry urged Ukraine's parliament to call a constitutional assembly which could draft a new constitution to make the country federal, handing more power to its regions.

The foreign ministry said the proposals are part of its efforts to ease the tensions in Ukraine by diplomatic means.

Moscow insisted that Ukrainian regions should get broader autonomy and that the country should adopt a "neutral political and military status."

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Randy March 17 2014 at 11:14 AM

As a US citizen my thoughts should be stay the hell out of it ............. If thats what the people want so be it

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rgkarasiewicz Randy March 17 2014 at 11:18 AM

Those are my thoughts too, but unfortunately the capitalists in this country won't have it.

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Drivy19 March 17 2014 at 12:25 PM

It's absolutely astounding that the PO(tu)S currently occupying the WH, and his miscreants, who collectively amount to nothing more than a lousy "punch line" to a bad joke, go around spouting their philosophy that EVERYONE/country has the "right" to self-determination and THEN, when someone/country exercises their right, and it doesn't suit "bozo"-'bama, HIS agenda and his band of cut-throats, all of a sudden the "results" are "declared" negated by "bozo" and he and his minions cry "foul"!!!

"Bozo"-'bama wants to "play" cop to the rest of the world without realizing that he's about as effective as the original "Keystone Kops" of the silent film era!!!! We have OUR own problems here that need to be dealt with, starting at the "top of the ladder" working down. Our Republic is in serious jeopardy because of "bozo"-'bama's reign and unless something is done soon to remedy that situation, what was once a great Republic will be replaced by the semblance of a second-rate third world country!!!

Vietnam Combat Veteran 7/66-11/71

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odajm Drivy19 March 17 2014 at 12:30 PM

Thank you for your service and your insight.

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Drivy19 odajm March 17 2014 at 12:47 PM

Thank you! The honor was to willingly serve our country when it was a great Republic and an inspiration to the world. Today, thanks to "bozo" and his sycophants, this Nation has been diminished in stature from a leading world power to little more than a bad ending to a "knock-knock" joke!!!

Khrushchev nailed it when he pronounced to the world that "we will bury you" because of those in this country who would destroy "Her" are the very ones who are digging "Her" grave and they could care less WHO they drag down with them to the Gates of Perdition!!!

My VERY "Best!" to you and yours!!

Vietnam Cpombat Veteran 7/66-11/71

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floorme March 17 2014 at 8:35 AM

Excuse mr RUSSIA-- May we please Borrow your leader-- we seem to be without one--

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dltanner7 floorme March 17 2014 at 8:39 AM

Wow really, A KGB operative who has no regard for human life or democracy? Haul your tail to Russia, and see what it's like to live under the oppressive rule of our Putin. He is a hard liner Socialist taking Russia back to the days of Stalin.

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remadden dltanner7 March 17 2014 at 8:45 AM

Hey dtanner, sounds like what we already heave.

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floorme dltanner7 March 17 2014 at 8:48 AM

Almost what we are currently living under-- folks like you on the left- want our majesty to by pass the 2 other branches of government-and dictate his ignorant will on the country-"and with no regard for democracy"- making him- like PUTIN--- or is that PUTIN-LIGHT- except a poor and WEAK - knock-off ---

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infokukulu March 17 2014 at 11:02 AM

Who the President/s wouldn't do what Putin did?
All conditions have been satisfied.

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rgkarasiewicz infokukulu March 17 2014 at 11:07 AM

You can be sure that all of our presidents would have done what President Putin recently did under similar circumstances.

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musing259 March 17 2014 at 9:01 AM

Well - we here is the USA believe in self-determination, do we not?
The people of Crimea have spoken with a virtually unanimous voice.
Imagine that.

I say, Congratulations

Our vote of support of Our government is only about 15%

Imagine that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Steve-a-rino March 17 2014 at 9:04 AM

In Obama's defense, here's an interesting quote: "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key." This from Winston Churchill, suggesting that the West has been trying to crack the Russian code for some time without success.

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marta0412marta March 17 2014 at 10:48 AM

This is what the American people need is, A Referendum and Independence from this group of political politicians that have no idea of what to do to solve any problems in our Nation.

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drepke marta0412marta March 17 2014 at 10:52 AM

You get your say every 2-4 years the only problem is once we did that activist judges would be petition to over-turn the will of the people by some liberal with hurt feelings.

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Mr. Brown marta0412marta March 17 2014 at 10:56 AM

THE SOLUTION IS EASY. AMERICA NEEDS TO GET RID OF BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

REALLY! READ THAT NAME OUT LOUD. DO YOU FEEL BAMBOOZLED? YOU SHOULD!!!!

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josephcary March 17 2014 at 8:47 AM

Just think of America as the Parents of the world. There are some things you shouldn't get involved with and there's somethings you have to get involved with. Is this one of them? Just like a Parent, preach' and then let them deal with the consequences. This is not a War War 111 situation.

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kristnoplis josephcary March 17 2014 at 9:00 AM

...yet.

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dexrmerritt March 17 2014 at 8:54 AM

is there really anything here...we as the US haven't a clue of whats going on so yu can just about imagine that this ploy is only for our money pure and simple...

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SPQR March 17 2014 at 12:47 PM

I hope we don't go to war.

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Jim SPQR March 17 2014 at 1:10 PM

Don't worry. You can't go to war when you lead from behind. And the polls show that the American people do not wish to go to war to support the anarchists in Kiev. And, if it comes down to it, our President would surrender forthwith. So rest your head upon your pillow. You are safe.

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miltrand7 Jim March 17 2014 at 1:18 PM

Than ks Jim, now tell that to Fathead80.

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