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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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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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fishhead80 March 17 2014 at 12:54 PM

The only thing Putin will understand is "Peace through Strength". And now Obama the village idiot has blown any chance of that. Get Obama out before he gets us all killed.

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miltrand7 fishhead80 March 17 2014 at 1:16 PM

OK Fathead, blame it on Obama.

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honeybywayof fishhead80 March 17 2014 at 5:23 PM


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jmson101 March 17 2014 at 12:56 PM

No problem, you Russians can do whatever you want. Let's mind our business and not come up on the wrong side of this issue. To fabricate a story that reason the Crimeans voted 97% to go back to Russian, was because they were under duress reflexes unsound thinking. I truly hope America doesn't go forward with that idea!!! I always thought Russia was a scary place, America is starting to sound scarier.

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johnnysul64 March 17 2014 at 9:34 AM

I was in the Coast Guard and was stationed on Plum Island Station off the tip of long Island in 1965-66.
We constantly picked up Russian subs on radar, they patrolled from Boston to Norfolk. I was told that we were doing the same thing to them. Probably still are.

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Stefan johnnysul64 March 17 2014 at 9:58 AM

I was in NORAD and the Russians where flying Nuclear Bombers right up to our borders on a daily bases. I assume that they are still doing that today.

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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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tcan701 March 17 2014 at 10:02 AM

Why did they have such a large voter turn out if the vote was fixed??

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tommyemilio8 March 17 2014 at 11:16 AM

The people voted overwhelmingly in support of it. We need to mind our own business and stay out of it. We don't need another war.

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Lauderdale Sand tommyemilio8 March 17 2014 at 11:17 AM

We need to mind our own business AND Obama and Kerry need to shut up about it.

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caj1paj March 17 2014 at 12:11 PM

Russia is self suffent, has all the natural resourses it needs, you have one man making all the decisions, no debate, no auguring over lets do this lets do that and who will take the blame for making a decision. The U.S. is so strung out it can't do anything about this situation. We just can't save the whole world. Putin planned this way in advance, knows exactly what he is doing, and he does not give a damm about what we think, or anyone else. I think in the end he will take all of the ukraine. No one will stop him.

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tcan701 March 17 2014 at 9:46 AM

Gee let's teach the world about the democratic way of voting. If you don't like what the people want void the vote something like hanging chads.

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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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