Ukraine protests: McCain warns US could act over Russia deal:
The United States could take "Concrete action" Against Ukraine if its government cracks down on dissent, Senator John McCain warned Sunday as he addressed thousands of protesters camped on Kiev's bitterly cold main square. Ref. Source 6
President Barack Obama has condemned the violence in Ukraine, saying the United States expects the Ukrainian government to show restraint against protesters and warning that there would be consequences for stepping over the line.
"We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an appropriate way, that the Ukrainian people are able to assemble and speak freely about their interests without fear of repression," The President told reporters. "We've also said we expect peaceful protestors to remain peaceful."
Obama made the remarks after arriving in Toluca, Mexico, for an economic summit. Ref. CNN
US, EU are 'neck deep' in plan to see pro-Western regime change in Ukraine: Op-Ed:
"I think the United States government is playing another dirty game. They're trying to - incorporate all of the former socialist countries in the eastern and central European bloc - those that were aligned with the Soviet Union - into an American-Western-NATO sphere of influence Ref. Source 6
Hagel Given Assurances Ukraine Military Will Not Deploy Against Protesters
US Military News
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been assured by his Ukrainian counterpart that the country's military will not be used against anti-government protesters.
Ukraine Protests Carefully Orchestrated:
US-Financed "Color Revolution Training Group": Ukrainians have found evidence of direct involvement of the Belgrade US-financed training group, CANVAS behind the carefully-orchestrated Kiev protests. Ref. Source 1
The United States is "Deeply concerned" By reports of Russian military movements in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said, adding that any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty would be "Deeply destabilizing." Ref. USAToday
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday amid the country's escalating tensions with Russia, according to an Obama administration official. Ref. CNN
President Barack Obama said today that a proposed referendum for Crimea to join Russia would violate the Ukrainian Constitution and international law. Obama said he is "Confident" That the international community is "Moving forward together" In responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
Speaking moments after Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that he talked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and the two have agreed to continue talking "Over the course of the next hours, the next days'' to try to find a political solution to end the crisis in Ukraine.
"As you have heard me say all week, the choices that Russia has made escalated this situation, and we believe Russia has the opportunity now ... To de-escalate," Kerry said. Ref. CNN