Poroshenko Vows to ‘Regain Control’ of Crimea, Gets Rebuke from Crimean PM / Sputnik International



In a pair of tweets published after 2am Monday morning, Poroshenko stated that “Ukraine will regain control of occupied Crimea,” noting that “this is inevitable,” and promising that “Ukraine will never give up its sovereign rights” to the region. Moreover, the president stated that Ukraine would “protect [the] rights of its people with all available means,” and that “together we will build a new Crimea.”

On his administration’s website, the president added that “our government will not recognize the result of this worthless act under any circumstances,” referring to the March 2014 referendum in which Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

Ukraine will never give up its sovereign rights to Crimea. We will protect rights of its people with all available means.

— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) 23 февраля 2015

Ukraine will regain control of the occupied Crimea. This is inevitable, and together we will build a new Crimea.

— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) 23 февраля 2015

Poroshenko’s comments, appearing just a few hours after the one-year anniversary of the Maidan coup, sparked a small comments war on his Twitter account. Users pointed out a number of problems with the president’s comments. One tweeted that Poroshenko knows “full well [that] the Crimeans don’t need this,” while another asked rhetorically about whether the president would carry out his pledge “even if the Crimeans themselves don’t need your ‘protection’?”

Others urged the president to “fix the economy” instead of going “and [starting] another war,” while others still noted the dissonance between the president’s statements and his government’s actions in relation to Crimea. One user asked why the president supports “the imposition of sanctions against Crimeans,” including the decision to “turn off the electricity grid and communications,” and rhetorically concludes: “This is how you call on Crimea to return home?”

@poroshenko только крымчане в этом не нуждаются и Вы это прекрасно знаете

— Natasha (@NataliGuba) 23 февраля 2015

“Except as you know full well, the Crimeans don’t need this.”

The people of #Crimea expressed their SOVEREIGN OPINION at the referendum and showed their will to be back home to #Russia. @poroshenko

— Южный Крест (@SouthernCrossRu) 23 февраля 2015

@poroshenko Зачем же тогда санкции против крымчан одобряете,зачем свет и связь выключаете,это так вы их домой зовете???

— Боярашников Евгений (@BoyarashnikovE) 23 февраля 2015

“Then why do you support the imposition of sanctions against Crimeans? Why do you turn off the electricity and communications? This is how you call on Crimea to return home?”

Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov sharply rebuked Poroshenko’s comments on Monday, stating that the president would face a tribunal in Crimea. “He was promised a Crimean tribunal, and it will come to pass. We will bring him here and try him. Crimea will never return to Ukraine. Crimea has returned home, to Russia, forever,” Aksyonov noted.

In a referendum vote organized by local authorities in mid-March 2014 amid growing instability in post-coup Ukraine, including threats against the Russian-speaking population, Crimean authorities organized a referendum on the peninsula, where an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to return to Russia following a little over 60 years as part of Ukraine.

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3 Responses to Poroshenko Vows to ‘Regain Control’ of Crimea, Gets Rebuke from Crimean PM / Sputnik International

  1. Trex says:

    Porky pig is right – absolutely – the Ukraine will become one with Crimea again. However, the minor detail he left out is that the WHOLE Ukraine will be part of Russia, and then – yes – Crimea will be part of the whole also… 😉

    • Jean says:

      Well, Trex, I get the sense of what you are saying, but I’m not sure this is accurate thinking. As I understand it, the rest of Ukraine would like to be its own country . . . 🙂 Hugs, ~Jean

      • Trex says:

        Of course Jean, that was tongue in cheek on my part, aside from Russia not even wanting all or part of the Ukraine. By the same token, some sort of Russian takeover will be about the only way Crimea will ever rejoin the rest of the Ukraine as they’ll all be Russian, but that won’t happen. At this point, I seriously doubt Russia will ever allow the slightest advance on Crimea, so porky’s idle talk remains just that. We all know he will never commit himself to the cause he so readily sacrifices thousands of others towards.

        With respect to what the eastern parts have been through from Kiev, I don’t see any end to the war. It will be a cold day in hell before the eastern parts ever trust Kiev again, and I can certainly understand that sentiment. There are noises indicating porky pig’s demise and replacement, but even that won’t solve any problems as I suspect his replacement will be even worse – if thats imaginable. I also sense there’s a growing resistance in the western parts of Ukraine against the war, simply from the standpoint of thousands of draftees getting slaughtered for no real cause, and their families getting royally fed up with it all. The east won’t accept Kiev, and the west has also had enough of Kiev, so where does that lead? Any “new” government that continues in same direction will perpetuate the war the whole country is sick of. Will “we” allow anyone to take charge who truly sympathizes with the east? Doubtful, but thats the only way I can see to truly re-endear the east. That leaves an eastern secession, or the east somehow taking Kiev which I’m sure “we” won’t allow. If Kiev decides to plaster the east with atomic toys, that would likely cross Russia’s line in the sand, and I doubt “we” would dare do that on a large scale. Even the use of mini toys is likely ruffling Russia’s feathers, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few of those blossom in Kiev. The east is a lost cause and the only question remaining is where the new boundary will be drawn. At that point, western Ukraine will wind up another impoverished unsustainable money pit, and they can at best join the PIIGS “welfare nations” of the EU. That whole scene over there is heading towards a lose-lose-lose state. A far cry from the win-win western visions a year ago. This only goes to show how immensely naive our foreign policy is regarding Russia, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe. Western threats of isolating Russia are a joke, when the real isolation has all along truly concerned the US.

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