US warns Russia not to intervene in Ukraine
As Russia’s involvement in Ukrainian crisis gaining wider international attention, the United States of America today called upon Russia to pull back its military forces that are being built up in the region, to stand down, and to allow the Ukrainian people the opportunity to pursue their own government.
In her remarks at a Security Council Stakeout on Ukraine, US Permanent Representative to UN Samantha Power responded to reports that 6,000 Russian troops are on the ground in Crimea, by calling upon Russia to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine.
“We are gravely disturbed by reports of Russian military deployments into the Crimea.” – Ms. Power
Ms. Power also urged Russia to give Ukraine an opportunity to create their own destiny and to do so freely without intimidation or fear.
Ukraine’s Future Must Be Determined By The Ukrainian People
According to Ms. Power, there is a need for peaceful dialogue and the prevention of further violence.
With the crisis engulfing Ukraine, this is now the opportunity for the international community to stand firmly with the people of Ukraine and, in doing so, prevent unnecessary violence.
In addition, Ms. Power pointed out that no one can determine the bright future of Ukraine other than its people.
US Stands With The Ukrainian People, Welcomes Formation Of The New Government
Ms. Power highlighted that the US is pleased that the cabinet is both inclusive and representative and congratulated the members of the Rada and the Ukrainian people on their historic achievement.
She said the new government needs to continue its outreach to minority groups in order to help calm the situation and affirm its commitment to protecting minority rights.
“Let me be clear that the United States would condemn any move to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty or territorial integrity, which we expect all states to respect.” – Ms. Power
In addition, the United States called for an urgent international mediation mission to the Crimea to begin to deescalate the situation, and facilitate productive and peaceful political dialogue among all Ukrainian parties.
6,000 Russian Troops On The Ground In Crimea
Reports made headlines that Russia is giving Ukraine’s army and navy in Crimea an ultimatum, whether to pledge allegiance to the Ukraine’s new pro-Russia leadership or be forced by Russia to submit.
Ukrainian forces believed they faced a threat even though no shot had been fired when 6,000 Russian troops are on the ground Crimea.
Many are afraid that there might be a possibility day of a wider invasion by Russia which in turn aroused international attention these days.
Ukrainian People On protest!
In December 2012, Kiev is engulfed by unrest when a massive demonstration by pro-EU protesters stood their ground after an overnight sweep by riot police.
The authorities sent in battalions of riot police with bulldozers to reclaim Independence Square. There were records of scuffles and arrests. However, the riot police avoided entering the nearby City Hall and by morning they withdrew from the streets.
In a press statement in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the destruction of a protest camp in central Kiev.
The turmoil started in November 2013 when President Yanukovich yielded to pressure from Moscow and spurned a free trade deal with the EU.