Russia Invades Ukraine. BREAKING NEWS


UPDATE: More to come. This video contains a lot if info and the most compelling video I have seen from the ground yet.

Russia has invaded the Ukraine. Ukrainian officials claim thousands of Russian troops have arrived. Communications in Crimea have been overtaken. Airspace has been closed.

Russian Officials are denying the fact, claiming it is a training exercise. Eyewitnesses reported Russian combat helicopters and fighter jets massing on the Ukraine border, and now they say say military helicopters and armored personnel carriers.

There have been numerous reports of Russian forces arriving in Crimea,  and at least two unconfirmed deaths.

Ukrainian border service spokesman Serhiy Astakhov, reports that Russian transport planes bearing unknown cargo have landed at the Gvardeiskoye airbase north of the regional capital of Simferopol.  He said they were approached by border agents and were “waved off” by the invaders and told “they did not require their services.”

Ukraine Interior Minister Arsen Avakov had earlier reported that unidentified armed men in uniforms lacking insignia had conducted an “armed invasion” at the airport and other areas, and had even raised Russian flags.

U.N. Security Council is calling on the armed groups not to attempt to challenge Ukrainian sovereignty.

White House has issued a warning to Kremlin.  President Barrack Obama has just stated “We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine,  It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine and of international laws.”

United States is urging Russia to pull back from the region or face possible consequences.

Yuriy Sergeyev, the Ukraine ambassador to the U.N.,  says the country is prepared to defend itself and urged the U.N.’s support for the Kiev government.

Stay tuned to on Twitter @Newsnet7 , and here on the Newsnet7  blog as we gather the info for you. We are working on it folks,  good intel is slim but emerging. The call is out to people on the ground in the area.

RELATED:  OBAMA makes comment to Russia on national TV. Here is a transcript of President Barrack Obama’s speech:

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Transcript of President Barrack Obama’s speech on Russian Aggression in Ukraine:


Transcript of President Barrack Obama’s speech on Russian Aggression in Ukraine:

Related: Russia Invades Ukraine. BREAKING NEWS

“Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Now, throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future.

Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stability their country, forge a broad-based government, and move to elections this spring.

I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials. And we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interests of the people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interests.

However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in Crimea. But any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia or Europe.

It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commit to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws.

And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.

The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have universal right to determine their own future. Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President Biden just spoke with prime minister — the prime minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment, the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine.

I also commend the Ukrainian government’s restraint and its commitment to uphold its international obligations. We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.

Thanks very much.”