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But grim as the headlines from Ukraine are, the feeling in the capital is nothing like the cold fear that gripped Washington when children were taught to “duck and cover” and to know the locations of fallout shelters whose ominous black and yellow logos still dot some federal buildings around town. POLITICO’s White House reporters have not been given instructions to report to a top-secret site in case of attack, as NBC’s Sander Vanocur was at the height of the Cuban missile crisis.
Putin’s bulging pectorals may be menacing, but his bluster can’t quite compare to the growl of the Soviet bear in the days when Nikita Khrushchev threatened to “bury” us, and KGB cloak-and-dagger work in Washington was all too real. Early 1960s thrillers like “Seven Days in May,” “Fail Safe” and “The Manchurian Candidate” were scary because they were plausible (if nightmare) scenarios — not the sexy, “Mad Men” — era nostalgia of FX’s popular television drama, “The Americans.”
But as President Barack Obama’s GOP critics lambaste him, as John McCain did for a “feckless foreign policy in which no one believes in American strength any more,” it’s worth remembering that some things haven’t changed since the bad old days. Because even at the height of the Cold War, the United States generally held back from direct confrontation with the Soviet Union in the face of its most provocative acts within its own sphere of influence — and no American president has ever had good options to the contrary.
In Sevastopol, the Russian soldiers stormed the Ukrainian military unit A2355.
This was reported by the news agency Interfax-Ukraine
He said the Russian military struck the gate of a military unit, captured near building and broke out to the command post.
"During my visit to Kyiv on March 6-7, I had productive discussions with the Prime Minister and his economic team. I am positively impressed with the authorities' determination, sense of responsibility and commitment to an agenda of economic reform and transparency. The IMF stands ready to help the people of Ukraine and support the authorities' economic program to put Ukraine firmly on the path of good economic governance and sustainable growth while protecting the poor and vulnerable.
"Our fact-finding mission that has been working in Kyiv from March 4 is progressing well. The mission is developing a good understanding of the extent to which imbalances need to be corrected to stabilize the economy. This will guide the mission's recommendations to the IMF management on the subsequent course of action. We will continue to consult with all key stakeholders."
During his visit to Kyiv, Mr. Moghadam met with Acting President and Speaker of Verhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, Minister of Finance Oleksandr Shlapak, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Pavlo Sheremeta and their senior colleagues.
A CNN journalist and her team in Crimea were told to stop broadcasting or they would be kicked out of their hotel there.
CNN correspondent Anna Coren spoke to Anderson Cooper Thursday night and told him that, in a very "bizzarre" and "unusual" situation, her news team was told by hotel management to "stop broadcasting or we'll kick you out."
"Just a couple of hours ago the management of our hotel where we've been staying now for over a week, we've got a team here, told us we basically had to shut down our operation or we'd be kicked out," Coren said. "We asked for the reason, they didn't give us one."
Several networks have sent correspondents to cover the crisis in the Ukraine afterRussian troops invaded Crimea over the weekend. Anderson Cooper himselfreported live from Kiev this week while NBC News, Fox News, ABC News and CBS News also sent correspondents to cover the conflict.
Corren told Cooper that she has a strong feeling that the hotel management was "getting pressure" from militia or the new Crimean government. She said that if news outlets are not sending a pro-Russian message, "they don't want to hear it."