Russia Responds to State Department #Saberrattling

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin visits Crimea.

Following the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, the U.S. State Department issued a swift and forceful response:

The White House #saber-rattling has clearly touched a nerve in Moscow. In Crimea yesterday, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted the following “selfie.” Translation: “Crimea is ours, and that’s that.”

Tatars Debate Own Crimean Referendum

Muslim community opposes annexation of Ukrainian territory by Russia
Crimean Tatars shout slogans during the pro-Ukraine rally in Simferopol, Crimea / AP

Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatars, said that on March 29 the 250-member Majlis will discuss the future of Crimea’s Tatars, including the possibility of holding a referendum.

How I Convinced Putin to Invade Crimea and ‘Reset’ the Cold War

Free Beacon ombudsman Biff Diddle was last seen in Sevastopol. (AP)

Editor’s note: The following letter was received at Free Beacon global headquarters via Morse code. A senior member of the Neocon High Council has confirmed its authenticity. As always, we ask you to pray for Biff Diddle, whose whereabouts remain unknown. May God have mercy on his soul.

To whom it may concern:

I hope it won’t shock you to learn that my relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin has, over the course of several decades, achieved what the youths call “frenemy status.”

As two of the most feared undercover musclemen of the 1980s, our rivalry may best be compared to that of NBA greats Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Except in our case, Biff Diddle represents both Magic and Bird, while Putin is more like an uglier version of Spud Webb, minus the ridonkulous vertical. At the end of the day, we both still respect each other and subscribe to that age-old philosophy: “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

Now, re: the game. I have a confession to make. I am tired of never getting credit for my severely patriotic actions, such as seducing a wily Elena Ceaușescu in the cold Romanian winter of ’89. I want my due credit for reigniting the Cold War.

Moscow Accuses Ukraine of Electronic Attack on Satellite

Attempt to disrupt communications satellite is latest incident in mounting cyber war between Moscow and Kiev
Ukrainian riot police officers tussle with pro-Russia supporters

Russia is accusing Ukraine of conducting an electronic attack on an orbiting communications satellite and is threatening unspecified retaliation as cyber warfare between the two states heats up over the crisis in Crimea.

Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media revealed Saturday that an electronic attack against a Russian television satellite was traced to Ukraine.

The Ron Paul Institute for Putin’s Priorities

Former congressman’s think tank pushes pro-Kremlin line
Ron Paul

Numerous members of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity have spent years as professional spin-doctors for Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of oppressive regimes.

Target: NATO

NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension
A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Hackers brought down several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in what appeared to be the latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over Crimea.

Sunday Show Round Up

U.S. officials discuss Ukraine crisis
Dan Pfeiffer Meet the Press

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said that the Obama administration hopes economic pressures will force the Russians to vacate Ukraine posthaste.

“The Russian economy, the Russian stock market, and the ruble are at 5-year lows. Russia is isolated in the world, you saw that at the UN Security Counsel yesterday, and the more they escalate, the longer this goes, the greater those costs will be,” Pfeiffer said.

Sunday Show Round Up

Ukraine, Republicans after CPAC, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 dominate the news
Dick Cheney Face the Nation

Tony Blinken, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, said the president is organizing international opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and warned that a referendum moving Crimea under Russian control would not be recognized.