Militants build barricade outside Ukrainian navy HQ
Sevastopol, Ukraine (AFP) March 07, 2014 -
Pro-Russian militants put up a barricade of crates Friday outside the Ukrainian navy headquarters in Sevastopol in southern Crimea, an AFP reporter on the scene saw.
Ukrainian soldiers "can come out if they want but if they do so we will not let them back in," said one militant, Dmitry, who identified himself as a member of a pro-Moscow "self-defence group".
The barricade had a Russian flag planted on the top and the militants wore red armbands emblazoned with the words "Russian Block" written on them.
Inside the base, unarmed Ukrainian soldiers could be seen behind the gates pacing with their hands in their pockets.
Russian forces have seized control of Crimea over the past week and pro-Moscow activists have staged numerous rallies as the local parliament makes plans to become a part of the Russian Federation.
In the port of Sevastopol, the base of Russia's Black Sea Fleet for 250 years, a Russian warship could be seen moored near two Ukrainian navy ships which have also been blockaded.
Sarah Palin: nukes are best Putin containment strategy
National Harbor, United States (AFP) March 09, 2014 -
Sarah Palin offered unsolicited advice Saturday to President Barack Obama on containing Russian aggression, saying "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke."
The Republican former vice presidential candidate used a predominantly crass tone throughout her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
But she hit home by attacking what she called a feckless Obama foreign policy that she said has helped embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Failing to show peace through strength has allowed some "very, very, very bad dudes (to) gain ground," said Palin, who remains a darling of the far-right.
Obama "would gut our arsenal while he allows others -- enemies -- to enrich theirs, she said.
"Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke."
The comments follow Russia's invasion of neighboring Ukraine last month, action which sent tensions soaring and US-Russia relations to perhaps their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.
The remark may have sounded flippant, but it was red meat to conservatives mindful of similar language used by the head of the National Rifle Association, America's largest gun lobby.
In the aftermath of a December 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre poured fuel on the gun control debate by saying that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."