In a symbolic but otherwise useless move, Kerry Heads to Ukraine as West Seeks Response to Russia Threat.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Ukraine today as western leaders seek to respond to Russia seizing control of the eastern European country’s Black Sea region of Crimea.

Kerry will travel to Kiev to offer support to Ukrainian leaders, U.S. officials said yesterday.

“The secretary will reaffirm the United States’ strong support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future,” Jen Psaki, a Kerry spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement.

Khrushchev’s Gift

Crimea was given to Ukraine by Russia in 1954 by then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. People who identified themselves as ethnic Russian comprise 59 percent of Crimea’s population of about 2 million, with 24 percent Ukrainian and 12 percent Tatar, according to 2001 census data.

McCain Proposes U.S. Missiles in Czech Republic

Proving once again he is a war-monger extraordinaire, senator John McCain told Time Magazine “We Are All Ukrainians”.

In response to reports of a Russian takeover in parts of Crimea, Arizona Senator John McCain said on Friday, “We are all Ukrainians,” before calling for swift U.S. economic aid to Ukraine, condemnation of Russia at the United Nations, sanctions against Russian officials and the installation of U.S. missiles in the nearby Czech Republic.

Anyone who thinks more US missiles in Europe is the answer to this problem is seriously deranged.

And like all fake budget cutter hypocrites, McCain will not want to hike taxes to pay for those missiles either.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock