John McCain claims Russia is behind the recent attacks in Ukraine and he’s demanding that President Obama take action.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, it’s feared that World War 3 could be triggered by a Ukrainian civil war, but now the country is warning it will deploy its military against these alleged Russia-backed forces if they don’t surrender today. Reports also claim that the alleged terrorist are wearing uniforms and using the weapons of Russian forces used in Crimea.
Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov now has the support of at least one member of the U.S. Senate, former presidential candidate John McCain, who believes the allegations are true. Senator McCain’s official website said in part “Russia’s use of force in Ukraine is unfolding in clear violation of Russia’s own commitments to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
Fox News reported that McCain, who keeps in close contact with Ukraine’s provisional government, told CBS the U.S. and Europe should impose ‘severe penalties’ or sanctions that will have an impact on the Russian economy.” He called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions “predictable” and suggested the unchecked unrest he is creating is destabilized the Ukraine government, established after its pro-Moscow president was ousted in February.
“Right now [Putin] is going full speed ahead down the freeway,” McCain said. “And there’s no tangible evidence of him having to pay a significant penalty.”
We’ve previously reported that John Kerry said the United States “will not hesitate to use 21st century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th century behavior.” But Sunday Senator McCain complained:
“Where is the president of the United States? Shouldn’t the president of the United States be speaking forcefully and strongly? And didn’t the president say if they carried out further actions, there would be further sanctions? So far, we haven’t heard anything.”
The Belfast Telegraph reported that Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov stated authorities in Kiev will use the army in order to prevent Russian forces from moving in, as they did in Crimea. He pledged an amnesty to anyone laying down arms by this morning, but military forces are already moving out to retake the government buildings held by pro-Russian forces:
“The Security Council has made a decision to begin a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with participation of army forces. We’re not going to allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in Ukraine’s east.”
Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city yesterday morning, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded. It was the first reported gun battle in eastern Ukraine, where armed pro-Russia men have seized a number of government buildings in recent days. Mr Turchynov said a Security Service captain was killed and two colonels wounded in a gun battle outside Slovyansk, where the police station and the Security Service office were seized a day earlier.
Do you agree with John McCain that the United States and President Obama are not doing enough about the situation in Ukraine?