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Russian Soldier In Crimea Keeps Calm And Blabbers On

Armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, stand outside the civilian port in the Crimean town of Kerch on March 3.
Armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, stand outside the civilian port in the Crimean town of Kerch on March 3.
A soldier deployed in the Crimea has given new meaning to the old wartime slogan "Keep calm and carry on."

Despite official efforts to keep mum about whether Russian troops are on the ground in the Ukrainian peninsula, one soldier calmly carried on and on in front of the camera during an interview published this week on the Internet.

Wearing a brand new -- and unmarked -- uniform, the soldier tries to keep a lid on his background before quickly revealing that he and members of his unit belong to the Russian military.

"Which army do you belong to?" asks an interviewer in the clip posted by UkrStream.tv and titled "Russian Soldier in Kerch Gives Interview."

"Can't you guess yourself?" the uniformed man asks, before spilling the beans in a back and forth that goes on for more than five minutes.​

Journalist: "Why don't you have any insignias? Where are you from?"
Soldier: "Because that's the kind of uniforms we have, without insignias."
Journalist: "Are you Ukrainian or Russian?"
Soldier: "I'm a Russian soldier."
Journalist: "A Russian soldier."
Soldier: "Yes."
Second journalist: "What are Russian soldiers doing on Ukrainian territory?"
Soldier: "Because...don't you watch television?"

The video recording also shows several other armed men in similar uniforms with at least five military trucks in the background. The man says he is in charge of the unit.

At the highest levels, Moscow has never admitted sending forces to the Crimea, home of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

Armed forces chief Valery Gerasimov has been quoted as telling his U.S. counterpart, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, that the unmarked troops in Crimea were "well-trained militia forces responding to threats to ethnic Russians."

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has said he does not know where the soldiers came from. And the Russian president himself, Vladimir Putin, flatly denied that the troops were Russian, telling reporters on March 4 that "you can go to a store and buy any kind of uniform" and claiming that the troops in question were "local self-defense units."

-- Farangis Najibullah
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by: fangio from: Canada
March 06, 2014 16:36
Putin's continuous lies are part of his "Schtick" not fooling anybody, Mr. P.

by: Bob from: The good Old US of A
March 06, 2014 17:04
The easiest way to tell if the soldiers are Russian is to either ask them to spell something, count from one to ten, or smell for vodka on their breath.
If and When push comes to shove the Russian conscripts will fold like cheap deck chairs.
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by: Regular Joe from: USA
March 13, 2014 18:28
Only the Russian occupiers in Crimea probably aren't conscripts, but the professional soldiers with a high percentage of Spetznaz.

by: Anonymous
March 06, 2014 23:11
Why nobody never was in maidan doing the same asnwers to all them masked men in uniform ?

by: American Tolerast
March 06, 2014 23:51
Take pride, lads, knowing that your president and defense minister are telling the world that you're all just a bunch of local hillbillies in store-bought uniforms.

by: Peter Bylen from: United States
March 07, 2014 02:34
Ask him if he's aware that according to the Geneva Convention a soldier without an insignia can be shot.

by: Anonymous
March 07, 2014 02:41
Kremlin press release: "Russian soldiers? What Russian soldiers?"

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 07, 2014 10:12
It is a pity the interviewer did not interview me, I would have explained him what Russians soldiers are doing in "Ukraine". The thing is that Ukraine has entered the stage of what is known as "state failure", when legitimate power structures seaze to exist and instead of them there emerge all sorts of semi-legitimate or illigitimate power structures that do not really control the situation in the country.
And that's what happened here: some guys from the street took over the power structures in Kiew, as a result of which the democratically elected authorities of the Crimean Republic refused to recognize their legitimacy and assumed full control over the territory that the Crimean population entrusted them with - obviously with the support of the Russian armed forces, stationed in Crimea according to the 1997 Russo-Ukrainian Treaty (extended in 2010 until 2042) on the Black Sea Navy of the Russian Federation.
As the next step of dealing with the failed statehood issue, a referendum will be held in the Crimean Repbulic, which will allow the Crimean people to have a chance to decide what they want to be a part of (in accordance with the principle of self-determination of nations enshrined in the UN Charta). And the Russian soldiers will be stationed there - the same way they have been since the late 18th century - in order to guarantee that the historic choice of the Crimean population is respected.
And no George W. Obama, no Frau Merkel can do anything about it. You, guys, have ... up again, congratulations :-)).
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by: jojnjo@gmail.com from: Dublin
March 07, 2014 20:46
You speake in Putin speake; so now I speake in my speake...if Russia is so Utopian? What are you doing in Austria instead of in your beloved Russia? Where you can even listen/read Putin speake to his beloved cult members in "Putin Speake" all of the day & all of the night till your ears are round & your eyes are squared...
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by: juan
March 07, 2014 21:53
"some guys of the street"... you must leave in same parallel reality as putin or have watched russian propaganda. you have no idea about ukraine, that's for sure. referendum as enshrined in the chart of un? ARE U KIDDING??? crimean " pm" got 4% of the votes, he's now backed by russian military.and do u think that this will be free election?? comme on fella

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