His speculation that this plane might be part of a future attack is something I had not considered. Interesting. Of course, that would mean all of those innocent passengers are dead and their bodies likely never to be returned to family. It seems safe to assume they are dead already, regardless.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Tensions mounted on the eve of a secession referendum in Crimea as helicopter-borne Russian forces made a provocative incursion just beyond the peninsula’s regional border to seize a natural gas terminal while US and European officials prepared sanctions to impose on Moscow as early as Monday.
The military operation by at least 80 troops landing on a slender sand bar just across Crimea’s northeast border seemed part of a broader effort to strengthen control over the peninsula before a vote Sunday on whether its majority Russian-speaking population wants to demand greater autonomy from Ukraine or break completely and join Russia. Whatever its goals, it sent a defiant message to the United States and Europe and underscored that a diplomatic resolution to Russia’s recent takeover of Crimea remains elusive.
The raid came as US and European diplomats essentially forced Russia to veto a UN Security Council resolution declaring…
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