U.S. concerned Russians not being truthful about Ukraine intentions
March 21st, 2014
04:21 PM ET
9 years ago

U.S. concerned Russians not being truthful about Ukraine intentions

(CNN) - Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine's eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

Officials assess that Russia - as early as coming days - could use any number of pretexts to justify further military incursions into Ukraine.


Filed under: Obama administration • Russia • Ukraine
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Don't worry they will lose again–Russia needs BREAD. –not Ukraine, nor Crimea. Communism will never survive.

    March 21, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    "Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned....."

    This is that real type of intelligence that allowed Obama to capture or kill terrorists on their own soil.

    As opposed to the made up crayon drawings that Bush was apparently using when he invaded Iraq for terrorists that were not there and allowed 9/11 to happen with prior warnings.

    March 21, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Two months ago, Putin was as popular in Russia as Ted Cruz is in the senate. With his land grab in the Ukraine, Russians bought into his cries for nationalism. With President Obama's sanctions along with the European Union, the Russian market has dropped 10%. When the loss of $5 billion from these sanctions begin to kick in, the Russian people will demand Putin's ouster. Remember, you heard it here, neo cons.

    March 21, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. smith

    @Silence-Bush let 9/11 happend? What are you Micheal Moore`s echo? Did Bill Clinton let the first trade tower attack or the Oklahoma City bombing happend?

    March 21, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. smith

    The sad part of this Ukraine mess is that this never would have happend if it wasn`t for the coup that Obama and European Union supported. Is this what the US is all about now, were gonna start a coup in your country and replace your freely elected leader with a liberal.

    March 21, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    smith – Are you denying that Bush was warned about the 9-11-2001 attacks? Remember when he was warned, he dismissed the intelligence? I am not aware of intelligence warning of McVeigh's OKC bombing, or warnings of the first tower attack. It's Friday, and I will fact check.

    March 21, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Smith- You are blaming Obama for the ouster of the head of Ukraine who had his own citizens killed? The military took over on Obama's orders? Wow, just wow.

    March 21, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |

    Gee and this actually made the news?

    Can you say DUH????

    March 21, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Silence-Bush let 9/11 happend? What are you Micheal Moore`s echo? Did Bill Clinton let the first trade tower attack or the Oklahoma City bombing happend?
    There is no credible evidence Clinton knew anything ahead. New York Times, NBC, other media investigations turned up a lot of evidence the Bush had information that he blew off. And Clinton stopped a number of attempts like the west coast bomber that came in through Canada bound for LAX bombing.

    I also notice you failed to comment on Bush sending 1000's to die fighting terrorists and WMD that were not there in Iraq.

    Or the fact that Obama has been pretty successful using the intelligence he has gotten. There are a number of less terror bad guys out there walking around.

    March 21, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    First, be worried as to how to fix potholes on I-95, fix LaGuardia Airport etc. Don't worry about Russia. Crimea belongs–bread does not belong to them.

    March 21, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. 2_indy1600

    @Gurgyl "Don't worry about Russia. Crumea belongs-bread does not belong the them."
    But Ukraine is the #3 bread-basket country in the world: If Russia needs bread, it's just across the border, within Putin's reach. WH is right not to trust Russia's aggression.

    March 21, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Smith, let me tell you a bald fact, Bush knew Bin Laden in Torah Bora–let him escape, for political reasons. Bush, Dick Cheney the criminal knew Laden in Pakistan–Bush was an idiot, retard to believe a rogue nation, Pakistan. When an ordinary man knew, how come Bush did not know? You answer. Don't let facts jump off of Fox garbage.

    March 21, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    He is just NOW, beginning to see the true picture?????

    March 21, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Russians are like teaklans. They do what they said they would then they blame embody else or they didn't do it.

    March 21, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. smith

    @Tampa & Silence- There is no evidence that Bush knownly let 9/11 happend.

    March 21, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. rla

    Eeally??? CONCERNED- ask someone who lived through the cold war!!! Thanks Obama for getting us back to that ugly period. What a bunch of clowns are running our government!

    March 21, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. 2_indy1600

    For the Blame Bush club: Bin Laden was in the Sudan, when Susan Rice let him leave the country under Clinton, long before Bush, without tracing his bank accounts. Just, okay, bye.

    March 21, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. TX-Man

    "Don't worry they will lose again–Russia needs BREAD. –not Ukraine, nor Crimea. Communism will never survive."

    Boy the RWNJs never learn.... Russia has not been communist for over 20 years... Putin is just the Russian version of our nationalist Republicans

    March 21, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. it must be said

    It is pretty clear at this point we complete imbeciles running this country. And the worse part is Putin knows it.

    March 22, 2014 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  20. Logictox

    This would be a great time for the US to have a real president!

    March 22, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  21. HRC16

    Remember when President Bush looked in Putin's eyes and saw his soul? What did he say? This is a man he can work with. Rick any thoughts?

    March 22, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. HRC16

    Remember that funny bit where George Bush is looking around and under his desk for WMD's. Maybe Putin could do something like that looking for Russian speaking people being picked on be Crimean's. Wouldn't that be funny?

    March 22, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Gunderson

    The situation in Crimea/Ukraine serious all right. Just like when Hitler began his excursions that lead to WW-2.
    Putin wants to Re-Invent the old Soviet Union. They tried to Appease Hitler. It didn't work. At the time the West looked, was weak. Nobody wanted another War so they looked the other way. Right or wrong, our Feerless leader looks, uh, weak.
    As much as the Left ignores it, we can't survive on Food Stamps and Welfare/Unemployment Checks. Our Fearless Secretary of Defense is talking about cutting the Armed forces back to 1940 levels.

    Because of Liberal Policies in the West Putin sees a big opportunity to expand his influence. Talk is cheap. Our Fearless leader makes amateur mistakes that they laugh about. .

    On the other hand his "Big" Accomplishment "Obama Care" is a Smashing Success. Too many Campaign's, too many "Passing the Buck".

    March 22, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |