Ukraine’s statement at the UN that ‘16,000 Russian soldiers had been deployed’ across Crimea sparked a MSM feeding frenzy that steadfastly ignored any hard facts that got in their way.
Especially unwelcome is the fact that the so-called ‘invasion
force’ has been there for 15 years already.
The media many trust described in hysterical tones how the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea was under a full-scale Russian
invasion with headlines like: “Ukraine says Russia sent
16,000 troops to Crimea”, “Ukraine crisis deepens as
Russia sends more troops into Crimea,” as well as “What
can Obama do about Russia’s invasion of Crimea?”.
Facts, and ardent statements by top Russian diplomats were
totally ignored by the western ‘war press’.
Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin pointed to the longstanding
25,000 troop allowance while FM Sergey Lavrov stressed the
Russian military “strictly executes the agreements which
stipulate the Russian fleet’s presence in Ukraine, and follows
the stance and claims coming from the legitimate authority in
Ukraine and in this case the legitimate authority of the
Autonomous Republic Crimea as well.”
So here they are, the facts:
1) A Russian naval presence in Crimea
dates to 1783 when the port city of Sevastopol
was founded by Russian Prince Grigory Potemkin. Crimea was part
of Russia until Nikita Khruschev gave it to Ukraine in 1954.
2) In 1997, amid the wreckage of the USSR,
Russia & Ukraine signed a Partition Treaty determining the
fate of the military bases and vessels in Crimea. The deal
sparked widespread officer ‘defections’ to Russia and
was ratified by the Russian & Ukrainian parliaments in 1999.
Russia received 81.7 percent of the fleet’s ships after paying
the Ukrainian government US$526.5 million.
3) The deal allowed the Russian Black Sea Fleet
to stay in Crimea until 2017. This was extended
by another 25 years to 2042 with a 5-year extension option in
*NOTE*: I am not PRO Russia, I am PRO Truth! And I do not like it when the powers that be attempt to mislead the public on false/omitted information