sepheronx wrote:I foresee a ABM shield in Ukraine aimed at "protecting Europe from Iran" in other words, aimed at Russia in the coming years.
ABM shield in Ukraine is pointless, unless it would be against IRBMs only.
Most ABM shields are like that. Besides tests of old two stage scud like missiles, they have not tested anything close to a Topol missile. But the perception is still there and may give ideas to others that it is alright to attack Russian's or push even more against russia cause they have a "defense" against them. Even if it isn't 100% guarantee of an intercept.
SM-3 Block 2B (?) are supposed to be pretty capable against ICBMs, but that's not my point.
With the shield in Poland, range from there and from Alaska are converging at ICBMs path from Russia to America similarily. With ABM sites further south, southern sites would be in a disadvantageous position.
So, Ukraine for ABM site is not a very convenient location.
Hovewer, placement of OTH radar would be VERY advantageous.
Anyway, moving along.
"Ukraine: Crimea calmed protests , parliamentary session did not take place
It is reported that the situation near the Crimean Supreme Council (Parliament ) building in Simferopol calmed down and scheduled an extraordinary meeting on the status of the peninsula in Ukraine took place because the absence of the necessary quorum of MPs .
Instead of the planned sessions were held in the Crimean Supreme Council for discussion on the political situation in Ukraine.
The regional parliament speaker Volodymyr Konstantinovas before the scheduled meeting, assured the separation from the Ukrainian scenario will not be discussed , and appeared in the press speculation on the subject is just a provocation .
"Crimean parliament does not split from the Ukrainian question , - said V. Konstantinov , calling for people to respect peace. - This is a provocation aimed at discrediting the same body ."
Following the publication of the information that an extraordinary meeting does not happen, the Crimean Tatar leader Riphath Čiubarovas posted by the Crimean victory " and urged his supporters to leave the protest site. Crimean Russian community representative stated that the peninsula " Mosques , Churches and Synagogues should be reserved " collaborative effort . "
ELTA previously reported that on Wednesday in front of the parliament building in Simferopol Crimea immediately protested the two groups - pro-Russian minded people and the new Ukrainian government supporting the Crimean Tatars and the nationalists . Both groups masquerading as stones and bottles , a small group of radicals tried to break into the parliament building. At the scene found a corpse , it is believed that the victim died from acute myocardial infarction.
Near the parliament building cause of the explosion has not been determined."
So, parliament of Simferopol appearantly wants Crimea to remain a part of Ukraine.