SCROLL DOWN FOR NEWS LINKS AND VIDEO: A critical moment for Ukraine as the situation seems to have deteriorated. Russia is amassing troops on the border of Ukraine. This has created a bank run in Crimea as it looks like Vladmir Putin seeks to make a statement. This breaking news has also sent stocks reeling here in America. Secretary John Kerry warned Russia they have until Monday to reverse the course. The situation is ready to explode as the Russian Bear awakens from hibernation and seeks to become prophetic players in a story written long ago. Russia will have hooks in her mouth very soon as The God of Heaven will use her to make a statement to the whole world in a future event. I can feel the winds of prophecy blowing like a hurricane. We are witnessing the rise of Gog and Magog.
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talk over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance
Kerry will travel to London for a Friday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ahead of a Sunday referendum vote in the Crimea region to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.
U.S. and European officials argue that Moscow is orchestrating the referendum and waging an intimidation campaign with thousands of Russian troops controlling the region. If Russian-backed lawmakers in Crimea go through with the Sunday referendum, Kerry said the U.S. and its European allies will not recognize it as legitimate under international law READ MORE: http://washingtonexaminer.com/john-kerry-russia-has-until-monday-to-reverse-course-in-ukraine/article/2545610
NY TIMES: Russia’s Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned the Kremlin to abandon the politics of the 19th and 20th centuries or face diplomatic and economic retaliation from a united Europe.
The operations came as Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, said in a statement on his official website that he believed Russian forces massed near the border were “ready to intervene in Ukraine at anytime,” and that he hoped diplomatic efforts by Ukraine and sympathetic nations would “stop the aggression READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/world/europe/ukraine.html
YAHOO NEWS: Ukraine’s largest bank says customers in the nation’s Crimean Peninsula are lining up to withdraw cash from their accounts as the region occupied by Russian troops prepares for Sunday’s referendum on joining Russia.
Lines of customers could be seen forming on Thursday outside Privat and other banks amid uncertainty over the peninsula’s future.
Oleh Serha, a spokesman for Privat bank, said all banks in Crimea are struggling to deliver more cash to the region, where tensions are high between ethnic Russians and minority ethnic Ukrainians and Tartars READ MORE:http://news.yahoo.com/jittery-customers-run-banks-crimea-162908543.html;_ylt=Auoz2v5ACX9JlODjL19d3BXQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBtMnEyb2psBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxMARzZWMDc3I-
CNBC: U.S. stocks declined on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 200 points, as worries mounted about China’s economy and escalating tensions in Ukraine.
“The New York Times broke a story that Russian forces were conducting new military operations near the Ukrainian border. That news probably triggered the hard downside move in the averages, which had already given back a good part of the opening rally,” Elliot Spar, market strategist at Stifel, Nicolaus, wrote in afternoon commentary.
And, Reuters cited banking and industry sources in reporting increasing concerns about the financial health of bloated industries in China have caused many banks to reduce lending in these sectors up to 20 percent READ MORE: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101491330
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