Tuesday, March 25, 2014


The desire of Washington to integrate NATO with Ukraine, steps of which have already been taken, is a driving force behind the recent coup in Ukraine, another diving force of which is the fascist Neo-Nazi’s who now are integrated into key ministerial positions within the government and parliament.
Pepe Escobar reports:
[RT, Pepe Escobar, March 24 2014, http://rt.com/op-edge/eu-annex-ukraine-nato-agreement-829/
 Article 7.2. of the association agreement [between the E.U. and Ukraine] states that Ukraine will have to comply with the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) and the European security and defense policy (ESDP). The conditions are spelled out here and here.
The obscure – even for most Europeans - ESDP happens to be the key European pillar of NATO. Translation: it details how the EU is subordinated to the US (which controls NATO). For instance, the EU may only act in a determined case if NATO first declines to. Additionally, the March 2003 Berlin-plus agreement allows the EU to use NATO’s hardware and software for military operations if NATO declines to.
What this essentially means is that Ukraine is on the road to become legally bound to NATO’s overall project. Along with other independent analysts, I’ve argued from the start that this whole geopolitical drama is first and foremost about NATO annexing Ukraine.
Ukrainian speaker of parliament and interim president Olexander Turchynov (R) speaks with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (2nd L) during a meeting prior to talks in Kiev on March 20, 2014. (AFP Photo)
The NATO-Ukraine twisted love affair started in the early 2000s. After some soul-searching, it was decided NATO or no NATO should be the subject of a national referendum in the future. In the 2008 Bucharest summit NATO opened its arms, stating that Ukraine could join as soon as it met the criteria. In 2010 Yanukovich announced Ukraine was not interested anymore. Still, Ukraine remains quite a muscular member of NATO’s innocent-sounding Partnership for Peace (PfP).
No wonder NATO is now in overdrive selling the notion that Ukraine is “under threat” – and should join as soon as possible. NATO’s secretary-general – the astonishingly mediocre American poodle, Anders Fogh Rasmussen - said we’re living the most serious threat to Europe’s security since the end of the Cold War: “This is a wake-up call. For the Euro-Atlantic community. For NATO. And for all those committed to a Europe whole, free and at peace.’’
He forgot to add: a Europe under free and peaceful submission to the Pentagon.
And behind all of this NATO fervor are the 'pre-NATO' paramilitary forces in the form of brutal, organized Neo-Nazi groups Right Sector, Svoboda and UNA-UNSO.  Here F. William Engdahl reports from Boiling Frogs Post on the role of these thuggish, racist fascists (SHOCKING VIDEO EVIDENCE OF BRUTAL ULTRA-NATIONALISTS):
In the days since the US-backed coup, according to citizens in Ukrainian I am in contact with, after the new regime dissolved the National Police, members of the Right Sector took over police functions in Kiev. Groups of young men, mainly members of Right Sector, have been patrolling the streets armed with baseball bats and weapons. In some documented instances according to these reports from ordinary Ukrainians, they come in groups to homes of people identified as “pro-Russian” and force them out of their homes or take their possessions, as they term it “privatization” actions. The population lives in a state of terror they liken to the Stalin-era terror.

There are reports that the some 5,000 members of Right Sector are being incorporated into a newly-organized National Guard. 

Right Sector is trying fast to clean up its image. Last week the group issued a VKontakte (Russian Facebook equivalent) appeal to anyone in the West with ability to edit Wikipedia, asking them to delete references to their anti-semitic and neo-fascist background.

According to Wikipedia’s logs, on a Monday the Right Sector entry described the party as having “borderline fascist or neo-fascist views.” On Tuesday the page was modified 174 times, including changes to describe Right Sector as an “organization to protect demonstrators” and a “youth patriot organization.” After the intervention of Wikipedia administrators, the page was locked and reverted to saying that Right Sector was “described by major Western newspapers as having far right or neo-fascist views.” [3]

A relevant question is what role NATO and the US intelligence and special forces have played in training and deploying Right Sector (Pravy Sektor) as well as Svoboda and, especially, UNA-UNSO in Ukraine.

This is now the regime the United States State Department has forced on Ukraine. This side of the Ukrainian opposition has yet to be honestly reported in any of the mainstream Western media. We might ask, Why?

For speculation as to 'why?' see my latest report:  http://undergroundreports.blogspot.com/2014/03/neo-nazi-media-black-out-lifted.html?m=1

Neo-Nazi Media Black-Out Lifted/ Muzychko (Sashko Bilyi) Killing

After the convenient media blackout of the Neo-Nazi contingencies in Ukraine which provided the smokescreen for their violent and illegal seizures of political power within the region, which was further aided by the United States government who labelled the protest movements as ‘peaceful’ despite the fact that they were armed and militant, now it seems as though the utility of these contingencies has been exhausted, and the masters who gave them, with their silence, carte-blanche to commit illegal actions of aggression, violence and murder are realizing now that the once useful auxiliary paramilitary forces have since turned into a political liability.

Most media reports failed to depict the pivotal importance that the Neo-Nazi paramilitaries had in overtaking the government of Viktor Yanukovych, and while the American public was conveniently ignorant to their existence the U.S. and the E.U. were happy to utilize their special talents of guerrilla warfare to realize their intention of installing a Western-friendly puppet regime the composition of which was deliberated by Victoria Nuland in the leaked phone call to the U.S. ambassador of Ukraine, whose ‘recommendations’ broadly coincide with the installment of the new authorities that have since come to take power in Kiev.  Before the transfer of power the Svoboda and Right Sector parties were a valuable resource, without which the transfer of power never would have been able to have been realized, yet now after the transfer of power has been completed and more and more reports start to come out depicting the true nature of these paramilitary forces the new interim government and their Western masters are finding it harder and harder to maintain the ‘peaceful revolution’ dialogue that they have clung to thus far, and at this point it is impossible for them to deny the influence Svoboda and Right Sector have within the new coalition government as they have been appointed key positions within the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs.
Professor Michel Chossudovsky reports on the positions of power within the Ukrainian government that have been appointed to Neo-Nazi Svoboda and Right Sector party leaders:

While Yatsenuyk’s Fatherland Party controls the majority of portfolios and Svoboda Neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok was not granted a major cabinet post (apparently at the request of assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland), members of Svoboda and the Right Sector occupy key positions in the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs.

Andriy Parubiy co-founder of the Neo-Nazi  Social-National Party of Ukraine (subsequently renamed Svoboda) was appointed Secretary of the National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU)(Рада національної безпеки і оборони України), a key position which overseas the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, National Security and Intelligence. The RNBOU is central decision-making body. While it is formally headed by the president, it is run by the Secretariat with a staff of 180 people including defense, intelligence and national security experts.
Parubiy was one of the main leaders behind the Orange Revolution in 2004. His organization was funded by the West. He is referred to by the Western media as the “kommandant” of the EuroMaidan movement. Andriy Parubiy together with party leader Oleh Tyahnybok is a follower of Ukrainian Nazi Stepan Bandera, who collaborated in the mass murderer of Jews and Poles during World War II. 

In turn, Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector delegation in the parliament, has been appointed Parubiy’s deputy Secretary of the RNBOU.
Yarosh was the leader of the Brown Shirt Neo-Nazi paramilitary during the EuroMaidan “protest” movement. He has called for disbanding the Party of the regions and the Communist Party.
 The Neo Nazi party also controls the judicial process with the appointment of  Oleh Makhnitsky of the Svoboda party to the position of prosecutor-general of Ukraine. What kind of justice will prevail with a reknown Neo-Nazi in charge of the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine?

Cabinet positions were also allocated to former members of the Neo-Nazi fringe organization Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian National Self Defense (UNA-UNSO):

“Tetyana Chernovol, portrayed in the Western press as a crusading investigative journalist without reference to her past involvement in the anti-Semitic UNA-UNSO, was named chair of the government’s anti-corruption committee. Dmytro Bulatov, known for his alleged kidnapping by police, but also with UNA-UNSO connections, was appointed minister of youth and sports.
Yegor Sobolev, leader of a civic group in Independence Maidan and politically close to Yatsenyuk, was appointed chair of the Lustration Committee, charged with purging followers of President Yanukovych from government and public life. (See Ukraine Transition Government: Neo-Nazis in Control of Armed Forces, National Security, Economy, Justice and Education, Global Research, March 02, 2014

The Lustration Committee is to organize the Neo-Nazi witch-hunt against all opponents of the new Neo-Nazi regime. The targets of the lustration campaign are people in positions of authority within the civil service, regional and municipal governments, education, research, etc.  The term lustration refers to the “mass disqualification” of people associated with the former government. It also has racial overtones. It will in all likelihood be directed against Communists, Russians  and members of the Jewish community.
It is important to reflect on the fact that the West, formally committed to democratic values, has not only spearheaded the demise of an elected president, it has instated a political regime integrated by Neo-Nazis.

Now that these forces have already been successfully used by their Western financiers to obtain power, after a media and governmental black-out of their crimes has kept the American public in the dark and provided the Neo-Nazi's the opportunity to continue their atrocities, that smokescreen has now been lifted by the corporate media as the utility of these contingencies has been exhausted; they were already used to obtain power and now that power has been obtained the credibility of the government has been harmed by their presence, turning the new authorities into an international pariah instead of a recognized and legitimate state; the people of Europe have not forgotten the recent history of the rise of fascism and the devastating destruction it has caused, even if the West conveniently has.

As the go-ahead to report on these uncomfortable realities was given, on March 18th both Reuters and Foreign Policy finally began reporting on the Neo-Nazi influence in the Ukrainian government.  In a Reuters article, titled “In Ukraine, nationalists gain influence – and scrutiny,” the reporters laughably write:

  When protest leaders in Ukraine helped oust a president widely seen as corrupt, they became heroes of the barricades. But as they take places in the country's new government, some are facing uncomfortable questions about their own values and associations, not least alleged links to neo-fascist extremists.

Perhaps the personnel at Reuters were hailing these racist, violent Nazi’s as heroes during the protests, but others of us were reporting on the atrocious nature of a United States government that actively supports, aids and shields Nazi’s all just to meddle in the affairs of another country in order to exert Washington’s influence over the region in a brazen display of imperialist foreign policy.
The March 18th Foreign Policy article states:

The uncomfortable truth is that a sizeable portion of Kiev's current government -- and the protesters who brought it to power -- are, indeed, fascists. If Western governments hope to steer Ukraine clear from the most unsavory characters in Moscow and Kiev, they will need to wage a two-pronged diplomatic offensive: against Putin's propaganda and, at the same time, against Ukraine's resurgent far-right.

And this was apparently the plan all along: to use the violent extremists to stage a coup and worry about cleaning up the mess afterwards.  Again, this is a classic Machiavellian example of ‘the ends justify the means,’ whereas the ends of imperialism and containment of Russia are justified in the eyes of the West, even if the means involved consist of supporting the rise of fascism in Europe for the first time since WWII.

Now that Western friendly puppets have come into power in Kiev, the ultra-nationalists have become a liability.  Mounting pressure from the international community for an investigation into the February 20th sniper provocations, the incessant concerns that Russia voices over the Russo-phobic factions within the government, and recent damning actions by ultra-nationalists all heighten the liability status that is now being placed over the heads of members of the Right Sector and Svoboda, not to mention the striking similarity between the incident in Simferopol which left 2 dead, one from the Russian side and the other from the Ukrainian, and the February 20th sniper provocations in which both sides were also targeted, which are now widely believed to be orchestrated by the Neo-Nazi’s as there is ample evidence to support this conclusion.

As video reports began to surface of Svoboda MP Igor Miroshnynchenko and a group of others violently threatening and intimidating the acting CEO of Ukraine’s National Television Company, forcing him to sign his own confession under duress in the process, many responded with outrage and Amnesty International has called for an urgent investigation into the matter. 
Heather McGll, Amnesty International’s Ukraine researcher, had this to say about the incident:

    “It is astonishing that a member of the parliamentary committee on freedom of speech was involved in this attack. The acting authorities must send a signal that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in Ukraine.
    “This assault on freedom of expression must be immediately investigated and those responsible must be prosecuted. Anything less will only open the door to further attacks against media professionals and activists.
    “The acting Ukrainian authorities must waste no time in demonstrating that basic human rights are protected in Ukraine and that nobody will face discrimination because of their political views or ethnic origin.”

And the U.S. embassy in Kiev has also condemned the action:

The United States Embassy in Kyiv condemns the heavy-handed bullying and physical abuse of  Mr. Oleksandr Panteleymonov, head of Ukraine’s National Television Channel, UT-1, by members of the political party “Svoboda” on March 18.  We welcome today’s statements by both Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Minister of Interior Avakov decrying this behavior as unacceptable.  We urge the Svoboda party to discipline Svoboda MP Ihor Miroshnychenko and other party members involved in the incident.

The Neo-Nazi’s are getting out of line, and it is starting to make the new coalition government look bad, therefore steps have to be taken to mitigate this liability.
One of the most salient liabilities comes in the form of Right Sector leader Aleksandr Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi.  Sashko Bilyi played an active role in the First Chechen War in 1994-1995 where he led a group of Ukrainian nationalists to fight against Russian soldiers.  For his actions during this time Russia’s Investigative Committee, in early March, has brought criminal offenses against him and has issued an international warrant for his arrest, accusing him of torturing and murdering at least 20 Russian soldiers as he fought alongside the Chechen militants.  Ironically the witness to these events was a man who joined the ultra-nationalists organization UNA-UNSO, an organization that fought alongside Muzychko during the Chechen War, and yesterday it was reported that UNA-UNSO has integrated itself into and has become a part of the newly formed political party of the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector):

As of today, the Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA) – which dates back to 1990 and was regarded as a far-right political organization in Ukraine – has ceased to exist, instead transforming into the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) party, Igor Mazur, the party’s Kiev branch leader, said after the UNA meeting on Saturday.

He added that the leaders of UNA branches – the Ukrainian People's Self-Defense (UNSO), a paramilitary force, and Trizub (the ultra-right Stepan Bandera All-Ukrainian Organization) – have agreed to join the Right Sector.

And already after the announcement of this new Right Sector/ UNA-UNSO coalition political party, internecine fighting was already apparent between the ultra-nationalists and the authorities within Kiev:

The Right Sector also slammed the coup-appointed authorities in Kiev, including the acting president, Aleksandr Turchinov, saying that he is playing “undercover games.”

“Turchinov should have reported to the Ukrainian people a long time ago,” said party member Andrey Denisenko. “Even the Maidan from the tribune of which the opposition leaders reported [to the people] every day has gradually calmed down. This may be some kind of indecisiveness or maybe some undercover games that have already hurt many Ukrainians. We must understand that these authorities are not in their place, so we consider the need to hold early parliamentary elections in the near future.”

Adding to the divide between the authorities in Kiev and the Right Sector is the incessant, heavy-handed tactics of force and intimidation employed by Aleksandr Muzychko (Sashko Bilyi).  Filmed evidence confirms Muzychko roughing-up and intimidating a local prosecutor, threatening authorities with an AK-47, and making openly racist and anti-Semitic statements.  Obviously Muzychko had overstepped his bounds, and Muzychko himself might have even realized this, as a recently uploaded YouTube video shows Muzychko stating that the Interior Ministry of Ukraine wanted him captured or dead,

“the Prosecutor General's office and the Interior Ministry of Ukraine made a decision to either eliminate me or to capture me and hand me over to Russia, to then blame it all on the Russian intelligence.”

Yesterday on Monday Aleksandr Muzychko was shot dead during a police raid, Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior confirms.

Muzychko was killed in Rovno, western Ukraine, where he coordinated actions of local groups belonging to the nationalist Right Sector movement.
Muzychko received three gunshot wounds to his chest and two to his right leg, the official said.
At a press conference dedicated to Muzychko‘s death, First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov announced that charges of hooliganism and obstructing law enforcement agencies had been filed against Muzychko March 8, and on March 12 Muzychko was put on the Ukrainian police’s wanted list.

A former senior official at the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) speculated to RIA Novosti that the objective of the operation carried out by SBU and the Interior Ministry, was to kill Muzychko:

“The goal of the operation was not to detain, but to neutralize Muzychko, to remove him from the stage,” the source said, adding that the militant leader was undermining the new Ukrainian authorities and pursuing his own interests through his leadership of the Right Sector movement.

Today on Tuesday, a day after the incident, Right Sector announced that it is holding the acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov responsible for the death of Muzychko:

We will take revenge on Arsen Avakov for the death of our brother,” said Rovno coordinator of the Right Sector Roman Koval, as cited by charivne.info news portal. “The shooting of Sashko Bilyi [Muzychko’s nom de guerre] is an assassination ordered by the minister. Muzychko never received any notices concerning criminal offences and was never summoned anywhere.”

The killing of Muzychko is not surprising given his image and status as a liability, however what is surprising is the fact that Ukrainian intelligence and police enforcement agencies would conduct a raid mission to neutralize him given the fact that Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector delegation to the parliament, has been appointed Andriy Parubiy’s deputy secretary of the RNBOU, which oversees the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, National Security and Intelligence.  With a high member of Right Sector holding authority over law enforcement and intelligence operations, which were instrumental in the killing of Right Sector leader Muzychko, this internecine battle does not seem as black and white as ‘Right Sector vs. the Interior Ministry,’ instead what seems to be taking place is a coordinated effort by the top level ultra-nationalists who have already been given positions of power and other moderate factions within the Ukrainian government to purge the liabilities from the regime.  

As the Western propaganda machine has been given the go-ahead to start reporting and bringing exposure to these elements, it becomes apparent that the Western financiers of regime-change in Kiev have deemed that their utility has been exhausted.  However the damage has already been done and key ministry positions have already been afforded to the fascists, yet it should be noted that these leaders are completely subservient to the West and perhaps the Western diplomats feel that they can be tamed and given a much needed PR face-lift, whilst others who cannot be tamed are singled out and neutralized.  The Neo-Nazi’s, both the fringe outside extremists and the figures in positions of power alike, pose a liability to the legitimacy of the coalition government in Ukraine, a liability that the Western masters cannot afford to entertain any longer, one that puts increasing pressure upon the West as more accounts of radical behavior begin to surface and as a growing awareness to the realities of the February 20th sniper shootings becomes elucidated and individuals seek to investigate and persecute those responsible for such a vicious and disgusting act of murder and assassination.

All told, the fact that the corporate media ban on these Neo-Nazi's has been lifted and mainstream reports are beginning to surface as to their existence, coupled with the West's nascent denouncement of some of the Neo-Nazi's radical actions (as much worse actions were sanctioned during the EuroMaidan) and the murder of a prevalent Right Sector leader, it is safe to say that the West, who protected these elements when it was convenient for them, is now choosing to expose them when it is similarly convenient... either forgetting or being all too aware of the fact that timing is everything. 

2 Dead in Simferopol - Ukraine Servicemen to Withdraw from Crimea

Yesterday Russian “self-defense forces” successfully captured the last land base in Crimea controlled by the Ukrainian military, further solidifying Russian control and sovereignty over the autonomous republic, which has recently been annexed into the Russian Federation after President Vladimir Putin and Crimean representatives signed the annexation treaty on Tuesday, which then gained parliamentary approval on Friday and was formally signed into law on the same day by Mr. Putin, thus creating two new Russian administrative regions, Crimea and the port city of Sevastopol, the home of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

The consolidation and overtaking of military bases by Russian forces in Crimea has been an ongoing process since Prime Minister Aksyonov requested military assistance from Russia after his appointment into the position on February 27th following the escalation of violence on February the 20th which all evidence and reports point to as being a provocation engineered by ultra-nationalist contingencies within the new coalition government (the Estonian Foreign Ministers leaked phone call, reports confirming that both protestors and police had been targeted and killed during the shootings, and the authorities in Kiev’s apprehension to conduct an investigation into the matter all point to complicity within the new administration in Kiev), the violence and loss of life of these events immediately lead President Yanukovych to surrender a majority of his powers after an agreement was reached between him and diplomats from the EU the next day on the 21st, and the following day Yanukovych flees to Kharkov, orders the security forces in the Maidan Square to disperse, and the EuroMaidan protestors, led by Right Sector and Svoboda Parties, proceed to seize governmental buildings along with the presidential palace and subsequently the new coalition government assumes powers over Kiev.  Immediately after this violent, armed coup d’état the southern region of Crimea and eastern Ukraine erupted in protests against the new Neo-Nazi/ central banker oligarch regime in Kiev (which enacted legislation targeting Russian speaking Ukrainians and censored Russian media, not to mention the Svoboda Party MP who threatened the head of Ukraine’s Nation TV station and forced him to sign his resignation, and the attempts by Kiev to arrest the popularly appointed ‘people’s governor’ of Lugansk), and shortly after Aksyonov is appointed Prime Minister of Crimea and requests Russian assistance, Russian forces then proceed to take control of military bases, airport stations and other strategically important sites and very quickly assume control of the region.   

Tense standoffs between Ukrainian and Russian forces ensued as the Ukrainian military personnel stationed at bases within Crimea were left in limbo within the autonomous region, heavily surrounded by Russian forces and completely without orders from their central command in Kiev.  Shortly after the March 16th referendum, an 83% turnout where and overwhelming 97% choose to align with Russia, a number which includes a portion of the Crimean Tatar population as well, Russian forces stormed and seized another Ukrainian military base in Simferopol, where reports confirm that 2 deaths occurred, one on the Ukrainian side and the other from the Russian side:

A Ukrainian serviceman and a member of a local self-defense brigade were killed by gunfire in Crimea…

 A BBC report also confirms this fact:

Crimean police later said both Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces had been fired on from a single location and that one Ukrainian was killed and one injured, and one pro-Russian was killed and one injured.
The BBC report also goes on to state that:

None of the accounts can be independently confirmed.

Despite this, Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has not shied away from professing that the Russian soldiers are solely responsible for this incident, despite the fact that no such evidence exists whatsoever.  Prime Minister “Yats” is quoted in the BBC report:

“The conflict is shifting from a political to a military stage.  Russian soldiers have started shooting at Ukrainian military servicemen and that is a war crime."

This unconfirmed and unfounded accusation is mirrored by State Department spokeswomen Jen Psaki’s own statement in which the exact same accusation was floated despite the fact that no new evidence to this effect was ever brought forward.  So an incident occurs where members of both opposing sides are killed, and immediately without investigation and without confirmation the authorities in Kiev automatically blame the Russian forces for the offense.  Sound familiar?  This is the exact same scenario that played out after the February 20th sniper killings, which was immediately used by the EuroMaidan protest movement to justify the illegal seizure of power from the democratically elected and legitimate, albeit inadequate, authorities in Kiev.  Immediately after the killings, despite the absence of an investigation and solid confirmation, Yanukovych was blamed for ordering the attacks.                   

This same scenario repeats itself over and over again in U.S. foreign policy, a provocative incident occurs and immediately after parties are blamed despite the fact that no evidence confirming these accusations exist.  We’ve seen it after the Syrian sarin gas incident where the Assad regime was immediately blamed, John Kerry professing that unequivocal evidence was in his possession which confirms Assad’s complicity beyond a shadow of doubt, this despite the fact that it was impossible for him to have this evidence considering the short amount of time between the incidents occurrence and Mr. Kerry’s protestation, the fact that a thorough investigation had not been conducted, and subsequently the MIT report which confirmed that the attacks physically could not have been carried out from the area Mr. Kerry had said they had been, and Seymour Hersh’s article which confirmed that the Syrian rebels also had access to chemical weapons despite Secretary Kerry’s announcement that only the Assad regime had access to these weapons.  Furthermore we have seen this same kind of false accusation during the build up to the 2003 Iraq war; Iraq, Syria, the February 20th sniper attacks and now the 2 deaths which occurred in Simferopol , in all of these incidents the parties are blamed without sufficient and adequate investigation into the matter, and the accusers in each scenario seek to gain by passing the blame as this would then afford them a justification to carry out acts of aggression and go about regime change, which is openly stated to be their driving motivation all along (there was no ambiguity concerning the United States intentions to ouster Assad or the EuroMaidan’s, in coordination with the U.S., E.U. and NATO’s, intentions to ouster Yanukovych.) 

Regarding the 2 deaths at Simferopol, Bangkok-based geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci writes:

“Yatsenyuk’s rushed and hamhanded political exploitation of an admittedly ambiguous attack carried out by unidentified gunmen exposes both the likely party behind the violence, and the most likely motivation for carrying out the fatal attack…
If the elected government of Ukraine refused to use deadly force against armed Neo-Nazi militants, necessitating the West to employ covert snipers to further escalate the crisis themselves, why would Russia, who already has won any possible Ukrainian-Russian confrontation on paper long before firing a single shot, be interested in covert attacks on an already defeated, rudderless, leaderless impotent Ukrainian military?”

Why indeed, it must be remembered that the Russian forces before this incident had gained control over a majority of Crimea, including its military bases and strategic locations, many of which were cleared of Ukrainian servicemen without a shot being fired, save the occasional warning shot fired into the air.  With progress like this being made in the region it is ridiculous to think that they would then resort to using violent force where none was needed. 

Either way, interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov issued an order on Monday to re-deploy Ukrainian servicemen in Crimea back into Ukraine after the last military base was overtaken by Russian forces early on Monday:

"The National Defense and Security Council has instructed the Defense Ministry to carry out a re-deployment of military units in Crimea and carry out the evacuation of their families."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian army deputy chief of staff Olexandr Razmazin has stated that,

“About 50% [of Ukraine servicemen stationed in Crimea] joined the Russian side.”

The large amounts of defections come as no surprise, as Russia has offered the Ukrainian servicemen a very tempting offer:

“The pay is five times that offered by Ukraine,” [the captain] said. “The pensions are five times better, and will be offered 20 years sooner. We are told we would serve on the same military base. Defend the same soil, the homeland of many at these bases. Families living quite nearby the bases will be able to remain in their same homes.”

This coupled with the fact that President Putin has signed an executive order which would allow the Ukrainian forces to keep their military ranks while also recognizing their military education for those who express their will to serve in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.  

So now with the last military outposts in Crimea under the control of Russian forces and large number of Ukrainian servicemen defecting to the Russian side, the remaining servicemen in Crimea still loyal to the Ukrainian authorities are in the process of being re-deployed out of Crimea, which is a tacit concession of defeat by Ukraine to the Russian troops which now have ubiquitous control of Crimea, which is also now officially part of the Russian Federation. 

The fact of the matter remains however that Crimea is currently dependent upon Kiev for most of its energy resources; however moves have been made by the autonomous republic to take back control of Ukrainian oil and gas enterprises operating within Crimea.  A March 17th report from the Novinite news agency confirms that:

Crimean Parliament has approved a bill seizing assets of Ukrainian oil and gas enterprises operating in the region.
Resources owned by Chernomorneftegaz and Ukrtransgaz, entities dealing with extraction and transportation of fuel, have thus passed into the hands of local authorities, Russian agency RIA Novosti has reported.
The two companies will now be called "Crimean Republican Enterprises".
They will be controlled by Crimea's newly-created Ministry of Fuel and Energy, which also seems to control oil and gas ports across the peninsula.