page http://dchnf.dk/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to a statement from White House which Chimpreports has seen, President Obama expressed his “deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act.”
The United States further condemned Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.
Obama called on Russia to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.
“We have consistently said that we recognize Russia’s deep historic and cultural ties to Ukraine and the need to protect the rights of ethnic Russian and minority populations within Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has made clear its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and to abide by Ukraine’s international commitments, and we will continue to urge them to do so,” reads the statement in part.
Putin has since requested the use of Russian military forces in Ukraine to settle the situation there after it emerged that the Russian population and the Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet are threatened by the situation in the country.
“In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, and the personnel of the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory (in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea)… I submit a proposal on using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalization of the socio-political situation in the that country,” ordered Putin.
According to Russia Today, Putin stressed that in the case of further spread of violence in the eastern regions of Ukraine and Crimea, Russia reserves the right to protect their interests and the Russian speaking population.
Putin emphasised the existence of real threats to the life and health of Russian citizens on Ukrainian territory.
On February 22, Members of the Parliament of Ukraine – which had been witnessing mass protests since last November – voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych, and an arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for his arrest.
The move came after more than 100 people were killed last week in the latest wave of deadly clashes in the capital, Kiev.
However, President Obama told President Putin that, if Russia has concerns about the treatment of ethnic Russian and minority populations in Ukraine, the appropriate way to address them is peacefully through direct engagement with the government of Ukraine and through the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
As a member of both organizations, Obama reasoned, Russia would be able to participate.
President Obama urged an immediate effort to initiate a dialogue between Russia and the Ukrainian government, with international facilitation, as appropriate and that the United States is prepared to participate.
President Obama made clear that Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community.
“In the coming hours and days, the United States will urgently consult with allies and partners in the UN Security Council, the North Atlantic Council, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and with the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum. The United States will suspend upcoming participation in preparatory meetings for the G-8. Going forward, Russia’s continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation,” said Obama.
Several people took to social media on Sunday to condemn United States’ arrogance and hypocrisy, with many arguing that if America does not have the moral authority to lecture Russia on international law, considering it waged wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq where thousands were killed.
A one Devon Dale posted on the Time Magazine Facebook page: “It is a bit rich of Non Native America which is only 200 years old to lecture the world considering what they have done to the Native Americans with invasion, conquest, genocide, and forced assimilation, all are recent immigrant aliens unlike the 40,000 year Native Americans. Ukrainians have resisted Russian invasion and colonisation for thousands of years.”
Another commentator, Aare Oluwaseun Akinwande asked: “Did he (Obama) remember to discuss US violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries where America’s drones are killing hundreds of lives?”
However, some people in Eastern Europe condemned Russia’s imperialist tendencies.
Nii Adotey Yemo charged: “What business do Russian troops have doing on Ukrainian soils? For Christ’s sake, we don’t want lives lost needlessly. There are women and children in that region and when such things happen they suffer most. Putin must know he won’t need that piece of land in heaven.”
Obama said the people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future.
President Obama directed his Administration to continue working urgently with international partners to provide support for the Ukrainian government, including urgent technical and financial assistance.
“Going forward, we will continue consulting closely with allies and partners, the Ukrainian government and the International Monetary Fund, to provide the new government with significant assistance to secure financial stability, to support needed reforms, to allow Ukraine to conduct successful elections, and to support Ukraine as it pursues a democratic future.”
Meanwhile, the Security Council was informed last night of reports of continued serious developments in Ukraine.
In Crimea, key sites such as airports, communications and public buildings, including the regional parliament, reportedly continue to be blocked by unidentified armed men. There are further reports of armed personnel taking control of regional administration buildings in several cities in the east and south of Ukraine.
The new Crimean Prime Minister, Sergei Aksenov, released a statement appealing to President Putin “to provide assistance in ensuring peace and tranquillity on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”.
In the same statement, he announced that he was taking control of security in Crimea “on a temporary basis”.
He told all security personnel to declare allegiance to him rather than to the authorities of Kyiv.